Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has chosen the upcoming Turin Auto Show in Italy for the debut of the refreshed 2019 Jeep Renegade subcompact SUV. June 6 will see the reveal of the whole vehicle, but until then, Jeep is giving us a peek at the new taillight — which looks very similar to the old taillight, with a few minor cosmetic tweaks such as a new red surround and a reconfigured reverse light in the middle.
We don't have any details on the North American version that will be gracing our shores, but we do have some engine specs on the European model. That one will see three- and four-cylinder powertrains to start with: a 1.0-liter engine making about 120 horsepower, or a 1.3-liter motor making either 150 hp or 180 hp. As a reminder, we get two engine options on the Renegade here in the U.S. — a small, turbocharged 1.4-liter engine making 160 hp or a larger 2.4-liter engine that makes 180 hp.
Since that 160-hp European engine is so close to the base U.S. engine output, we wouldn't be surprised to see that one make the trek across the pond, but we wouldn't expect to see the smaller 120-hp motor in our showrooms. What we'd really like to see is the 270-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine from the Cherokee and Wrangler dropped into the Renegade — why not make a little Renegade Trackhawk? How much fun would that be?
The current Renegade has a diesel model in overseas markets, but given the latest FCA five-year plan that came out June 1, we're not sure that a new one will be in the cards. Jeep said in that plan that it intends to discontinue all diesel models globally by 2022 in favor of electrified powertrains. Plug-in hybrid and battery-electric versions of the Renegade are also in the cards but not likely until 2021 at the earliest, according to the Jeep presentation. We'll bring you the specifics of the Renegade we get to buy as soon as we learn them.
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