2022 Jeep Renegade Revealed Early in Brazil
The Jeep Renegade, believe it or not, is still fairly early into its lifetime. Produced in 2014 and released in 2015 for its first model year, the subcompact crossover more or less replaced the Patriot. Because it’s still so new, we may not be seeing a new generation of the vehicle any time soon, especially with Jeep releasing 4xe and Deserthawk models. The Jeep Renegade 4xe was first released overseas in 2020, and Jeep Deserthawk models are still on the way. So instead of putting resources and finances into a new generation of a model already getting new variants that will spice things up, the better idea is to give the Jeep Renegade a facelift for the 2022 model year.
Jeep is pretty busy and many spy shots have brought us sneak peeks at the likes of the Grand Cherokee 4xe and early prototypes of the new Renegade. Back in 2021, there were reports of the 2022 Jeep Renegade coming to the US, but after a 2022 Renegade was leaked online, Jeep Brazil decided to open the doors and officially reveal the small crossover, possibly ahead of schedule. Right now, the new Renegade is bound to land in South America before it hits stateside, but at least now we can get a good look at the new SUV.
Like any new model, the front fascia is where the changes start. Jeep is known for its seven-slot grille, amongst the many other Jeep style icons, and it’s getting a little narrower for 2022. The turn signals and day running lights (DRLs) have also become a little slim, with the latter now integrated into the headlights. Look close enough and you can see the small sliver of the DRLs around the border of each light. The extra space allowed for more changes to the front fascia, with the fog lights getting a new rectangular shape and positioned higher to make way for what looks like four red tow hooks up front. The rear has also changed a bit, changing up the LED taillight design, adding a new bumper, faux skid plate, and narrow lights to match the front.
The pictures Brazil released didn’t give many clear shots of the interior cabin, but it was shown in the leaked video online. Again, only a slight redesign here with a new updated steering wheel, a 7-inch fully digital instrument panel, and an 8.4-inch infotainment screen. Aside from that, details are still slim, and there could be many changes between the South American model and the American model. Most likely, different powertrain options. The Brazil model is going to be the first to experience the new 1.3-liter Turboflex T270 engine, fueled with ethanol, and able to generate up to 185 horsepower.
Good news is, we won’t have to wait too long. With the 2022 Jeep Renegade set to debut, officially, in South America by the end of the first quarter in 2022 (more likely February), then the US debut is just around the corner. Regardless, after the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show, there is a lot more to look forward to than a facelift.
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