Jeep Renegade was named “4×4 of the Year 2016″ by the UK’s 4×4 Magazine last week. The coveted title confirms the winning features of the small SUV which has become one of the best-selling models in its segment in many countries around the world.
The 4×4 Magazine‘s jury, which was unanimous in its decision, put the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, the version that expresses the best in terms of performance and all-terrain characterization, through its paces on a tough off-road evaluation course.
Trailhawk is the top-of-the-range version: it combines the best of Jeep’s off-road technology and the finest of FCA’s engineering innovations. The car is equipped with a powerful 2.0 MultiJet 170 HP engine combined with a nine-speed automatic transmission and Jeep Active Drive Low which delivers a final drive ratio of 20:1. The jury of 4×4 Magazine concluded that the entire Renegade range was worthy of the award and declared that the model was “one of the most significant 4×4 vehicles produced in the last five years”.
Furthermore, 4×4 Magazine named Jeep Renegade the best in the “Mid-range SUV” category, while the iconic Jeep Wrangler took the “Hardcore” class for the fourth consecutive year.
Jeep Renegade, of which over 180,000* units have been produced so far at the revamped FCA Melfi Plant in Italy, represented the debut of the Jeep brand into a new segment.
By entering the small-SUV category for the first time – the fastest growing one in the EMEA region -Jeep demonstrated that it is no longer a ‘niche’ brand and is able to compete successfully in the various segments.
The array of Jeep Renegade awards also confirm that the Jeep brand can address the everyday needs of its customers while staying true to its DNA of genuine off-road brand. As first SUV manufacturer globally, Jeep delivers the best off-road capabilities in all segments it competes in.