The Jeep brand has always conjured images of rugged off-road vehicles, probably even those used during war time. Rightfully so as this is where this iconic brand began. Yet things have changed, with Jeep now offering urban friendly Sport Utility Vehicles. Case in point are the newly-launched Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass.
Launched today in the Philippine market, the new Renegade and Compass are not your typical off-road going Jeeps. On the contrary, they are prim and proper sporty rider that wouldn’t look out of place in a mall parking lot or driving up to a hotel lobby.
The Renegade, for instance, boasts of an all new look with the trademark 7-slot Jeep grille design. This is complemented by LED headlamps and daytime running lights and 17-inch alloy wheels. But while it does look modern, Jeep tries to endow it with the same rugged vibe from the original Jeepster of yore.
Step inside, however, and you’ll forget it’s a Jeep. Save for the badging, Jeep endows it with space that’s both inviting and functional. The 60/40 split fold rear seats help give it cargo versatility while the 7-inch touchscreen with UConnect interface help one stay connected even on the go. It’s even got Apple CarPlay and Baidu carlife to boot. And you’ve got a panoramic sunroof to brighten up the cabin.
Powering the Jeep Renegade is a 1.4-liter turbocharged mill that produces 147 bhp and 170 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a 7-speed dual dry clutch transmission and features Engine Stop Start for increased fuel economy. Driving the front wheels, it promises lively yet efficient poke for both city and highway driving.
Just like its Renegade cousin, the new Jeep Compass is likewise aimed at the urban dweller looking for an adventure every now and then. This is is for the more mature set who works hard and plays even harder. This can be seen in its more powerful, muscular flanks that go well with the 7-slat Jeep grille and alloy rims. A dual-pane sunroof is also on offer to help one soak up the adventure even better when it comes time to play.
An equally luxurious yet functional cabin awaits with a 7-inch UConnect-powered infotainment system with 6 speakers. This is nicely matched with versatile seating configuration for all one’s gear with goodies like an electronic parking brake help free up space to fit one’s multi-faceted lifestyle.
The Compass is also powered by a 1.4-liter motor with Engine Stop Start function. This one is the MultiAir series with 162 bhp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 7-speed dual dry clutch gearbox, it powers the front wheels.
And while these SUVs don’t have the legendary off-road gear of their more rugged cousins, both the Jeep Renegade and Compass get safety tech such as Roll Mitigation, Electronic Stability Control, ParkSense rear park assist, and ParkView backup camera.
The new Jeep Renegade and Compass are now available in the country with the following prices:
- Jeep Renegade Longitude – PhP 1,640,000
- Jeep Renegade Limited – PhP 1,790,000
- Jeep Compass – PhP 1,850,000
Which Jeep fits your lifestyle?