2015 Renegade is Laughable, Euro-Trash Caricature of a “JEEP” — Arriving From Italy in Feb 2015 from About $16,500

The one thing thing American buyers have liked least about the Fiat 500? Its size.

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Buyers also dislike its performance and pricing that easily crests $22,000 — yet lacks comfort, economy, tech and usability features that are standard equipment on the $12,000 Nissan Versa Note SR.

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But surely — it will be far more competent than the 1998 Dodge-Neon-based Compass and Patriot? No?

Larger? No.


Cooler? Please?

That is a biggg negatory, ghostrider. With products like this, one wonders the prescription glasses spec of the man in charge. Who would approve these monstrosities?

So how to make the 500X into a more palatable option? The blue Trailhawk version! Oh, that will work for sure on those dumb Americans.

I will stop now before I share the rest of my thoughts. Here are the key 2015 Renegade details:

— Built in Italy on one of the Fiat 500X lines, relocated back from its main factories in Mexico an Poland.

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— Tiny size and efficient engines promised, as well as a Trail Rated version that Jeep claims will be decent off-road.

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— Arrival to Europe this fall, with U.S. deliveries penned for early calendar 2015.

Why am I so bearish on Chrysler? The writing is on the wall. Am I alone in seeing it so clearly?

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If this is a Jeep Renegade — please simply call me Chuck Norris from now on.


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Whoever (in Italy) designed this car has clearly never even seen the Mojave, let alone driven a Jeep through it. If they had: they would know Jeep values better.

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A core part of Mojave chic is not being laughed at by Prius V owners.

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Official details below from Jeep.


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  • All-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade marks the brand’s first entry in the small SUV segment

  • Renegade Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class 4×4 Trail Rated capability with class-exclusive Jeep Active Drive Low, which includes 20:1 crawl ratio and Jeep Selec-Terrain system

  • Designed to expand the Jeep brand globally, the all-new 2015 Renegade combines the brand’s heritage with fresh new styling to appeal to youthful and adventurous customers


  • Nothing else like it: Renegade displays a powerful stance with aggressive wheel-to-body proportions, plus the freedom of two My Sky open-air roof systems

  • Renegade’s all-new interior exudes an energetic appearance with rugged and functional details, crafted in high-quality materials and inspired colors

  • All-new “small-wide 4×4 architecture” combines best-in-class off-road capability with world-class on-road driving dynamics

  • Designed for global markets – with 16 fuel-efficient powertrain combinations for different markets around the world – including the world’s first nine-speed automatic transmission in a small SUV

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What do you think?