Fiat Chrysler owned ‘Jeep’ is extensively testing their Renegade mini SUV across various parts of India. The car was seen testing in Kerala and we’ve got some good interior shots too.
Numerous readers have reported seeing two Jeep Renegades testing, both together and individually, in the state. It is also reported that a Wrangler and Cherokee are with them.
Jeep Renegade to be priced under Rs. 10 lakhs
After Fiat decided to shift their prime focus to the Jeep Brand in India, we’ve been bombarded with one good news after other. Last month we heard that the new Jeep Compass will be priced near Rs. 16 lakhs, now even better, the Jeep Renegade will come to India for a price lower than 10 lakhs.
This is not surprising as the Renegade is Jeep’s smallest and most affordable model, and retails for prices lower than the Compass globally. However, most people in India would never have thought that a Rs. 10 lakh Jeep would be possible and this is where the manufacturer will capitalise..
Fiat’s brilliant game plan
Though Fiat Motors have been around in India for quite sometime they couldn’t penetrate the market as well as they had hoped for. Now they will direct all the expertise and experience on to their sister brand, and has thus far returned excellent results.
When entering a segment dominated by Toyota, a huge name, brawny looks and a very capable machine are essential. The Jeep Compass ticked all these boxes (along with affordability) and that shows in the number of bookings. However lower down the segment, what people require is ‘more for less’ and that’s where the Jeep Renegade comes in.
The Jeep Renegade has good looks and great interior, but above all, getting you hands on a Jeep for under Rs. 10 lakhs will be the most lucrative deal the manufacturer will put forward. Setting Jeep as a premium brand (with eye-watering prices) at its introduction can be seen as the first step of Fiat’s brilliant game plan.
Jeep Renegade India price & launch date
The Jeep Renegade could be priced head-on with the Hyundai Creta, creating tough competition for the latter. The SUV will likely be launched by second half of next year.
|Price in India||Rs. 9.35 lakhs|
|Launch date||Q3, 2018|
Jeep Renegade India – Early Reports & Specs (18/07/2017)
Fiat has huge plans for the Indian market and will be investing close to $280 million in the country. The company plans to sell ‘India-made’ Jeeps by as soon as 2017 and seeing the Renegade testing is surely a good sign. However, there is no official confirmation on launch of the car in India.
The camouflaged Jeep Renegade could mean either one of two things. Jeep may be readying up for its launch, or they may be testing the ‘Small Wide Platform’ for use in the upcoming C-SUV.
The Jeep C-SUV (as it is commonly called) will be bigger than the Renegade and will also be priced above it (expected). However, being produced at the Ranjangoan plant in India, localisation will ensure affordability.
The new spy shots get us a clearer look of the beefy “All-American” design. Big circular headlamps, vertical 7 slot grille and butch taillamps can be seen. On the inside, the car seems to have premium cloth upholstery, high-resolution 5.0-inch Uconnect touchscreen with AM/FM radio, Aux/USB+, Bluetooth®, climate control system and more.
The Jeep Renegade is powered by an in-line four-cylinder 2.0-litre ‘Fiat-derived’ Multijet2 engine which comes in two state of tunes – 138bhp and 168bhp. Six speed manual and Nine speed automatic transmission options are available.
Stay tuned for more news and updates.
source- Sudin Divakar