2019 Jeep Renegade based small SUV (Suzuki Jimny rival) spied in Africa
As global markets receive a facelift version of the Jeep Renegade, Africa is getting ready for a a Renegade based small SUV.
Just a few days back, Jeep Africa officially confirmed two more made in Africa SUVs, just like the Compass. These two SUVs will be in the form of a sub 4 meter SUV and a large 7 seater SUV.
The sub 4 meter SUV will rival with the likes of Suzuki Jimny, Ford EcoSport while the larger Jeep SUV will take on the Ford Ecdeavour and Toyota Fortuner. Both these SUVs are expected to be launched by 2020. Of the two, the smaller Jeep SUV based on Renegade, has already been spied on test in Africa.
Set to launch in Africa in mid 2019, the Jeep Renegade based small SUV will boast of a traditional boxy design with better on board features as compared to its current model on sale in global markets.
Expect the new SUV to get new LED daytime running lights, revised tail lamps, modified bumper design and new 17” alloy wheels. Boasting of features from the originally Willy’s jeep, the new Jeep SUV gets a slatted grille, tough skid plate on the bottom, separate fog lamps and squared wheel arches.
Just like the exteriors, interiors too will be inspired by the Renegade. The test mule features updated upholstery, a large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple AvtoPlay and navigation as standard along with optional satellite radio. The SUV will come in as a five seater option with a spacious boot. It also gets a roof panel that can be completely removed to offer an open top feel.
New Jeep SUV in Africa could be presented in petrol and diesel engine options. Expect it to be powered by a 1.4 liter turbocharged petrol engine and 2.0 diesel engine mated to 6 speed manual gearbox and 9 speed automatic gearbox. Both versions will come in with front wheel drive and all wheel drive options. Expect prices to be in the region of Rs 12 lakhs.