Geneva: In Person, the Jeep Renegade Doesn't Look Too Bad

When it wears tons of colorful makeup, that is.

After breaking the first pictures of the new Renegade theother day, our Geneva Motor Show team has some live shots of the new Jeep fromthe show floor. Up close and in person, with playful color schemes and lots ofplastic cladding, the Renegade doesn’t look all that unappealing. The brand’sfirst small SUV, Renegade still shows much of its Italian (more Fiat, less Maserati)heritage, but there is a lot of Jeep in its genes as well.

As a global car for Fiat-Chrysler, the Renegade will fit upto 16 powertrain combinations. However, the US will receive only two engineoptions: a 160 horsepower, 1.4-liter turbo four with six-speed manual, and a184hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Itwill also get two choices of all-wheel drive systems: full-time Active Driveand Active Drive Low, which adds low range with a 20:1 crawl ratio. In thelatter model, Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction control will offer Auto, Snow,Sport and Sand/Mud options.

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