Slated to be next year only as the 2023 line, the Jeep Renegade is already showing off the streets with fewer stickers that hide its updated design. The compact SUV was spotted by the journalist Bruno Arthur, which managed to show not only the details of the headlights and taillights, but also captured the interior, revealing the inspiration in Compass renewal. The release is expected for the first quarter of next year.
The photos show the 2023 Jeep Renegade in orange, the same color that was used when the car was launched in 2014 for the Trailhawk Edition. The choice of this panel was not for nothing, the version that Bruno saw is exactly off-road, as evidenced by the presence of front and rear bumper hooks. Although the image is of poor quality, one of the interior images also shows a five-stop driving mode selector, something only seen on the Trailhawk (others have 4 modes).
One of the most noticeable changes is in the headlights. The design remains the same, but Jeep will ditch the projectors to use inversion technology instead. The lanterns in turn have been completely redesigned. It still keeps the inner X shape inside a square piece, but it gives up that 3D effect and no depth, while the arrow light has become a horizontal band.
If the exterior design doesn’t convince you that it’s a Trailhawk version, the interior’s photo makes it obvious because it has the logo on the seats and red trim on the doors and air vents. We can also see the new Compass steering wheel, which was already to be expected. The kit is completely discontinued, which indicates that it will have a 7-inch digital instrument panel – it is possible that it will use the same Toro panel on the cheaper versions and build the Compass version in the more equipped configurations.
The main new feature will be under the hood. Engine 1.8 E. with automatic transmission of the CVT type, simulating 7 gears. More expensive versions will likely get the 185-hp 1.3 turbo found in the Compass and Commander, including all-wheel drive, something our sources say could happen if there is demand, even for a mid-size SUV in the future.
On the other hand, despite the rumors, I heard the sources Motor1.com Insisting that the 170 hp, 35.7 kgfm 2.0 turbodiesel will remain part of the Jeep Renegade’s portfolio. The share of this engine is more than 10% and our source explains that it is a decoy for the customer, who may not buy this version, but go to the dealer and ask about it. Moreover, it is one of the SUV differentials in this class, being the only one that has a diesel option.
Since the Jeep Renegade 2023 is already working with the details shown, it is clear that the restyling will not take long. Given the end of the 1.8 version, Stellantis is expected to release the compact SUV as early as 2022, not leaving it in stores without the flex option. The brand itself said it has no plans to change the engine this year, so there’s no point in waiting for the new thing for 2021.
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