Jeep will update the Renegade crossover for 2019, giving the little off-roader a facelift and some added content. The company teased the 2019 Renegade on its European news site, announcing the restyled SUV would make its first public appearance June 6 at the Torino Motor Show in Italy.
The teaser doesn’t show much except a slightly altered taillight design that keeps the jerrycan X motif, only rendered in red with a circular white center. Jeep said the European-market Renegade would feature “a new family of three- and four-cylinder petrol engines,” starting with a 120hp 1.0L unit (presumably an I-3) and 1.3L and 1.5L engines producing 150 hp and 180 hp respectively. We assume those two engines will be I-4s.
There’s no word on how these engines make such power, but it’s fair to assume direct fuel injection and forced induction are on the menu. We’re also not sure if these engines will supplant (or replace) the U.S. market’s turbocharged 1.4L I-4 or 2.4L Tigershark I-4.
It’s a bit odd that Jeep would announce these sorts of changes for an overseas market before discussing the U.S. Renegade’s future, but on the other hand, the off-road brand is one of few American manufacturers that is popular in Europe. The Renegade, which shares its bones with the more Euro-flavored Fiat 500X, makes a lot of sense in Europe’s traffic-clogged, narrow streets, with lots of customers opting for the Jeep and its rugged persona.
Expect to hear more about the 2019 Renegade, including Jeep’s U.S. plans for the SUV, as soon as the new one is revealed on Wednesday.