A Glance at the New 2021 Jeep Renegade
SPORT: The Sport serves as the Renegade’s base-level trim, with the nameplate’s standard specifications. Powering the vehicle is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and is tied to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Although front-wheel drive is standard, you have the option of a four-wheel drivetrain named Active Drive for optimal performance when driving on trails or encountering slippery surfaces. Active Drive is accompanied by Selec-Terrain, a four-mode traction management system to enable appropriate adjustments to the type of driving surface or weather condition you encounter. The standard front-wheel-drive system does have its advantages, though; you get the Renegade’s peak fuel efficiency (22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway) and maximum tow rating of 2,000 lbs. with the Class III tow package. With remote keyless entry, you can enter the Renegade by simply pressing the key fob, and a push button next to the steering wheel gets the engine going. Two rows of cloth-trimmed seats provide seating for up to five people, with the driver and front passenger receiving automatic climate controls. For infotainment, the vehicle has a brand-new 7-inch touchscreen (in place of the 5-inch interface of previous models) that integrates a six-speaker AM/FM stereo system, Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration (also new for this model year), a USB port for hooking up mobile devices, and a trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio. A rearview camera joins other technologies—front collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist—this year for driver assistance, and six airbags provide crash protection.
JEEPSTER: The Jeepster is a new trim model for 2021, thereby bumping up the Latitude a notch. It simply is the Sport with more convenient access and engine starting due to the introduction of proximity keyless entry (door unlocking by simply having the key fob on you) and remote start (ability to start the vehicle from the outside).
LATITUDE: The Latitude includes the Jeepster’s proximity keyless entry system (while skipping the remote start) and adds a second USB port.
UPLAND: If you need an off-road upgrade without having to go for the Trailhawk, consider the Upland. This model comes with a front skid plate to boost undercarriage protection, tow hooks for recovery, a restyled front bumper for more ground clearance, and standard Active Drive system for four-wheel ability. In addition, remote start is reintroduced at this trim level.
80TH ANNIVERSARY: Also introduced for 2021, the 80th Anniversary model commemorates eight decades of the Jeep brand. As a result, it stands out from the other Renegade models with a Granite Crystal Metallic exterior finish, commemorative badging, and sleek bezel finishes. Upgrades at this level include an 8.4-inch touchscreen (instead of the 7-inch one), HD Radio, and a navigation system.
ISLANDER: The Islander joins the Jeepster and 80th Anniversary models as a new trim level for 2021, True to its name, the Islander has a unique blue exterior finish and beach-inspired design, and a power sunroof is added at this trim level.
TRAILHAWK: As the off-road-optimized Renegade ride, the Trailhawk is a standard four-wheel-drive vehicle. However, unlike the Upland, it goes with the Active Drive Low drivetrain, which enhances the Active Drive system with the addition of a 20-to-1 crawl ratio and low range to the rear wheel axle disconnect. In addition, the Trailhawk goes with a 177-horsepower 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine instead of the standard 2.4-liter machine, and it also stands out with its all-terrain tires, a rear skid plate (in addition the Upland’s front one), and higher ground clearance.
LIMITED: The Limited is the range-topping Renegade model. Like the Trailhawk, it is powered by a 1.3-liter turbo-four and is a standard four-wheel-drive crossover (albeit with the Active Drive, rather than Active Drive Low). However, the Limited is unique with its leather seats, heated steering wheel, eight-way power driver seat, and front-seat heating to emphasize its luxury orientation. Joining these features are proximity keyless entry, remote start, HD Radio, navigation system, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen.
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