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2019 Jeep Renegade Teased Days Before Official Premiere In... Italy?

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Remember, the Renegade is built on a Fiat-developed platform.

Arriving on the market for the 2015 model year, the Jeep Renegade is in need of a mid-life facelift in order to keep up with the competition in the subcompact crossover segment. Fortunately, that facelifted 2019 Renegade will be unveiled this Wednesday, June 6. But not where you may think. The debut will not take place in either Detroit, Michigan, or Toledo, Ohio, where the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler are assembled. Jeep has just announced the 2019 Renegade will be first shown at the Turin Motor Show in Italy.

Only a single teaser show has been released so far, the taillight with the distinctive "X" light design. It's very similar to the current Renegade's taillight styling, which isn't a bad thing. Look closely and you'll see a few differences, most notably the absence of the current design's black frame surround. We expect there'll be several more styling tweaks inside and out. Jeep has also confirmed that Euro-spec Renegades will come powered by a new family of gasoline engines: a 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 120 hp, or a pair of 1.3-liter four-cylinders with 150 hp or 180 hp. Take note that Jeep will apparently not debut hybrid or diesel variants.

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We're actually surprised nothing was mentioned about a hybrid, though it may come at a later date. The lack of a diesel makes perfect sense considering FCA already announced it's phasing out oil burners. US-spec facelifted Renegades could be offered with the new three-cylinder engine. Hopefully we'll find out complete details later this week. Stay tuned.