The Jeep Renegade is about to get a smaller sibling and we have a new spy photo with it. What you see in the gallery below is a prototype of what is currently known as the “baby Renegade” and this time, we are dealing with a combustion powered prototype.
In July this year, we caught a glimpse of the all-electric variant of this little crossover, but as you can clearly see in the attached photo, this test vehicle has exhaust pipes. It’s completely disguised and there’s not much to report about its design, but we know it will be smaller than the Renegade and will measure around 4.10 to 4.15 meters (161.4 to 163.3 inches) in length.
This is the first time we get to see inside the cabin. Despite the fact that most of the cabin is camouflaged, we can see this is a prototype with a manual gearbox. There’s a small tablet-style screen on the dashboard and below that, we see the physical buttons for the temperature control and audio system. Two USB ports and an electronic parking brake are also visible on the center console.
The Baby Renegade will be based on PSA Group’s e-CMP platform, which is also used by crossover models from Peugeot, Citroen and Opel. The ICE range will most likely consist of a 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-liter diesel. A six-speed manual should be standard, while an eight-speed automatic will come as an option.
As far as the all-electric version is concerned, it will share hardware with the 2008 Peugeot and Opel Mokka electrics, meaning there will be a 136-horsepower (100-kilowatt) electric motor driving the front wheels. Electrical energy will be stored in a 50 kilowatt-hour battery pack that will allow a range of over 186 miles (300 kilometers) on a single charge.
Officials at Jeep are still tight-lipped about the yet-to-be-named small crossover’s launch date, though we expect to see it hit the market before the end of the year. Fiat and Alfa Romeo are also expected to develop versions of this model for their respective customer bases.