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Jeep Unveils Italian-Made Mini-SUV


The Jeep Renegade SUV introduced at the Geneva auto show this week will go on sale in the U.S. next year.
2015 Jeep Renegade
2015 Jeep Renegade
The entry-level SUV from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has been designed for global markets. The little vehicle will ride on the same stretched chassis that will carry Fiat’s upcoming 500X mini-crossover. Both vehicles will be built by the Fiat factory in Melfi, Italy.
The Renegade replaces the Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs but is about 7 inches shorter than those models. Styled to resemble the larger Jeep Wrangler, the front-drive SUV (four-wheel drive is optional) offers a long list of off-road capabilities, including hill-descent control, a 20:1 crawl ratio and the ability to ford 19 inches of water. The Renegade can tow as much as 3,300 lbs, according to Chrysler.
Renegade interior
Renegade interior
The SUV comes equipped with a Uconnect Access built-in cellular system that enables drivers to call emergency services at the push of a button without the need for their own cell phone. Extra features include touchscreen radio controls, a 7-inch color instrument display and the ability to receive and read text messages aloud.
Chrysler has not announced pricing for the Renegade, which will debut in Europe later this year.
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