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post #1 of 245 Old 04-06-2014, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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I just stumbled upon a new JEEP RENEGADE in Michigan!

Parked in my friend's parking lot of an apartment complex of all things...


At first I LOVED the renegade, but after seeing it in person, they REALLY need to trim up the side and front of the vehicle! There's tons of unnecessary material in my opinion. The doors are HUGE and look like they are made of flimsy plastic. Is this a body kit??? Also, the roof did NOT have the removable top option. It was stick shift. Rear disc brakes. Vehicle sits lower than I thought it would. I guess I'll have to wait and see the final touched up versions that hit the dealerships.

Anyway, enjoy what I found!









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post #2 of 245 Old 04-06-2014, 06:39 PM
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Nice. I really wish the diesel was coming to the US. I'd likely buy one if it did.
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That 'body kit' and such is cladding they've put on to disguise the vehicle. What you've found is a pre-production test mule that they're probably using for fine-tuning drivetrain options and the like, still using prototype vehicle bits.

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That 'body kit' and such is cladding they've put on to disguise the vehicle. What you've found is a pre-production test mule that they're probably using for fine-tuning drivetrain options and the like, still using prototype vehicle bits.
Please forgive me, but are you certain of that?

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At least the designers of the Renegade kept in mind that people might want to look out of the vehicle they are in.
Jeep is all about taking you to the great outdoors. How about being able to see the great outdoors as you are getting there?

Such a contrast in designs between the KL Cherokee and the Renegade.
I'm starting to think that the Renegade has more in common with the old XJ.
Maybe they should have switched names?

I love the visibility in my XJ and being able to see out of whatever I am driving is important to me.
It will be a huge factor with any future Jeep purchase.

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Please forgive me, but are you certain of that?
Absolutely. Look at it, you can see uneaven panel gaps, tape marks and other oddities all over that.

That being said, the showroom product won't be *too* far off-the front bumper isn't getting any higher at least, although this looks like the Limited model, which does have a lower front overhang than other models.

But, yes, this definitely isn't a full production version-the factory isn't even building those yet.

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OMG look how tiny those tires are. That must be a base model. My Challenger has more ground clearance and taller tires than that thing (literally). Eww...

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Wow, those suck!
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I truthfully think that's extremely ugly. Like Honda Element and Nissan Cube ugly.

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There is a seat for every ***!

I like the other press release photos I have seen, this, not so much.

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Remember, that this is pretty much a Fiat Panda.
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Remember, that this is pretty much a Fiat Panda.
Except for the fact that it has literally nothing in common with the Fiat Panda, since it's based on the new Fiat 500X platform.

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Except for the fact that it has literally nothing in common with the Fiat Panda, since it's based on the new Fiat 500X platform.
I've done some research, and I'd love to post some stuff comparing the two, but mobile is a pain to do so on. But either way, it's an interesting vehicle.
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At least the designers of the Renegade kept in mind that people might want to look out of the vehicle they are in.
Jeep is all about taking you to the great outdoors. How about being able to see the great outdoors as you are getting there?

Such a contrast in designs between the KL Cherokee and the Renegade.
I'm starting to think that the Renegade has more in common with the old XJ.
Maybe they should have switched names?

I love the visibility in my XJ and being able to see out of whatever I am driving is important to me.
It will be a huge factor with any future Jeep purchase.

The visibility out of an XJ is awesome. It was hard for me to buy anything else given that I felt much safer being able to see well all around. The trend is moving toward less visibility, which seems ridiculous. Maybe they can install some more cameras in the areas you can't see out of. lol I ended up buying a Liberty which isn't too bad. It's no XJ though.
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The visibility out of an XJ is awesome. It was hard for me to buy anything else given that I felt much safer being able to see well all around. The trend is moving toward less visibility, which seems ridiculous. Maybe they can install some more cameras in the areas you can't see out of. lol I ended up buying a Liberty which isn't too bad. It's no XJ though.
LOL indeed. Due to more stringent crash standards visibility has been reduced. So now, to compensate for the lack of visibility we are seeing the mandating of sensors and cameras. Nuts.

Sure, new vehicles are safer from the moment of impact on, but I'd still rather be able to see to avoid without depending on technology.

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