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Meet the 2019 Jeep Renegade

The refreshed 2019 Jeep Renegade for the European market has been introduced ahead of this week’s 2018 Turin Auto Show in Italy, but with the current Renegade having the same basic appearance in the US and Europe – the new small Jeep coming to American dealerships will likely look just like this one.

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We have known for some time that the Jeep Renegade would be refreshed for the 2019 model year and today, FCA rolled out the first images of the compact SUV. Again, this is technically the European version of the 2019 Renegade, but the 2018 models sold in the US and Italy are practically identical, so the new models coming to American dealerships should look just like this one – at least in Limited trim.

New Face
The 2019 Jeep Renegade features new LED headlights and taillights, but the biggest exterior change for the new model year is the lower front fascia. It has an entirely new shape and design, with the turn signals sharing space with new vents and the fog lights have been moved inboard a bit, sharing real estate with the slimmer lower grille opening.

The outer design of the 2019 Renegade front fascia gives the front end a more aggressive look, but the restyled lower grille opening looks far more refined than the current design and the new vents bolster the sportier look of the new face. Also, while the headlights are similar in their basic shape, the addition of LED trim and a new interior lighting design gives the new Jeep a far more premium look.

It should be pointed out that this is the 2019 Jeep Renegade Limited, so lower cost trim levels may not have the fancy new headlights, but it seems likely that all of the new models will have the same basic front fascia design.

On the other hand, we can expect to see a new 2019 Renegade Trailhawk with a look of its own. The Trailhawk is designed to be the most off-road capable model in the lineup, so the front fascia curls up under the front end, allowing for a more aggressive approach angle and better front end ground clearance. With that in mind, the 2019 Renegade Trailhawk will either carry on with the same look or it will have a new design of its own.

We should remind everyone that the Jeep shown here is technically a European-spec model, but with the 2019 Renegade being introduced for the European market, it shouldn’t be long before FCA offers up some information on the American version of the popular compact Jeep.

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Timothy (not verified)    June 6, 2018 - 10:49PM

It seems to me that the 2019 Jeep Renegade is the ugliest car since the Pontiac Aztek. What about the others who read this?