2015 Jeep Renegade: a youthful and rugged small SUV

Jeep has introduced its new 2015 Renegade, a small SUV that promises to be fuel efficient while offering all the ruggedness and features Jeep fans have come to know and love. Jeep has targeted the younger drivers out there with a new look that is, while distinctly Jeep, a bit playful and youthful. Those who like to go off-road have nothing to worry about, however, with the Trailhawk variety aiming to please all manner of outdoor driving. The Trailhawk is joined by the Limited, Renegade Latitude, and Renegade Sport, all bringing their own features.

The 2015 Renegade is Jeep's push into the small SUV segment, and by all accounts it looks like a solid one. Jeeps isn't bashful about stating who it is hoping to woo with the Renegade, saying it is "created to attract youthful and adventurous customers" that might not otherwise pause long enough to consider buying a Jeep.

Two different 4x4 systems are available in the new Renegade. Says the maker, these systems both offer drivers up to 1,475lb-ft of torque — the Jeep Active Drive is a so-called "full-time 4x4 system", while the Jeep Active Drive Low is the same with a 20:1 crawl ratio. Furthermore, says Jeep, the 2015 Renegade is the first of its kind to feature a PTU (power take-off unit) and disconnecting rear axle. Regardless of which system is used, both offer Jeep Selec-Terrain, which gives a max of five modes like Mud, Snow, and Sand for tweaking the performance to match the environment.

Of course, what you get will depend on which variety of the Renegade you choose. The Trailhawk 4x4 is targeted at drivers who are particularly interested in off-roading, featuring up to 19-inches of water fording, a max 2k pounds towing capability, Jeep Active Drive Low, and more. The Renegade in general feature a "Tek-Tonic" interior design, nine-speed transmission, 1.4-liter and 2.4-liter MultiAir engines, the Uconnect radio system with touchscreens and Uconnect Access, and (much) more.

Safety is also given a strong focus, with the 2015 Renegade touting up to 70 different security/safety features, among them being things like lane departure warnings, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Rear Cross Path detection, and a ParkView rear camera for backing up. Prices start at $17,995 and top out at $26,795; you'll be able to get one for yourself starting in March.

Sound interesting? SlashGear recently joined Jeep on its media drive; stay tuned, and we'll have videos and our first impressions up soon!