Though Jeep is an American brand, the compact Renegade was clearly built to appease buyers across the ocean in Europe. This is probably why Europe has just received an updated 2019 Renegade, while the US will still make do with the 2018 model.
US buyers should not be too upset with Jeep, because this new 2019 Renegade is just a facelift, not the all-new model that is rumored to be in development. The first major difference between the European 2019 Renegade and the US-spec car is under the hood. Europeans can choose from a variety of engines including a 1.0-liter, a 1.3-liter or two diesel engines including a 1.6-liter and a 2.0 litter. In the US market, Jeep only offers a 1.4-liter and a 2.4-liter engine. Power for the European version will be sent to the front or all four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, a seven-speed dual-clutch, or a nine-speed automatic.
The 2019 Renegade will go on sale in Europe in September 2018. Jeep hasn’t said whether these new changes would make their way to the US-spec Renegade, although it’s hard to imagine that the American market car won’t be updated at a later point.