The all-new Jeep Renegade has been awarded the prestigious Euro NCAP 5-star rating with an overall score of 80/100. The newest addition to the Jeep vehicle line-up, due for launch in South Africa in early 2015, achieved a score of 87% for adult occupant protection, 85% for child occupant protection, 65% for pedestrian protection and 74% for the driving assistance safety systems.
Thousands of hours of virtual simulations have permitted the development of the innovative “4×4 Small Wide” architecture – Renegade is the first FCA vehicle to adopt it – which offers a monocoque making extensive use of high-strength, ultra-high-strength and hot-pressed steels, with the final result of exceptional torsion resistance. The three load-line front structure guarantees uniformity of response in the event of frontal impact regardless of the type of obstacle or vehicle encountered in an accident. What’s more, despite the clear off-road vocation of the model, which is also expressed in the robust, square front end, the new Renegade ensures good pedestrian protection.
The quality of the virtual design was then tested physically on the cars produced at the SATA factory in Melfi with 300 tests on components and subsystems, more than 100 impact simulations and more than 100 crash tests taking into consideration the various types of impact – front, side, rollover, rear-ending and pedestrian impact – as well as the various speeds at which they can occur and the physical characteristics of the passengers.
For comprehensive protection, the new Jeep Renegade comes as standard with 6 airbags (driver, front passenger, side window bags for all rows and side bags for front seats) and ESC (electronic stability control) with ERM (electronic roll mitigation). The safety equipment, depending on market and trim level, features as standard or on request, further important systems such as Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control (available from 2015) and ParkView reversing camera with dynamic grid lines – all of which have filtered down from the Renegade’s bigger siblings, the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee.
One of the most innovative systems available on the new Jeep Renegade is the Forward Collision Warning-Plus (assisted braking system) – the first in the category in terms of reliability and precision – which uses radar and video sensors to detect whether the car is approaching another vehicle or obstacle in its path too rapidly. In these cases the system warns or assists the driver in order to avoid impact or mitigate its consequences.
Finally, the Jeep Renegade can be equipped with the “Lane Sense Departure Warning-Plus” and “Blind-spot Monitoring” systems. The first uses the camera’s optical sensor to establish the road position of the vehicle with respect to the horizontal markings present on the road surface. In the case of an unintentional lane change, which the system recognises if the vehicle changes trajectory without activating the direction indicators, a visual alert is issued along with a tactile signal sent by the electric power steering (EPS). If the driver does not react promptly, the system issues a second visual alert. The “Blind-spot Monitoring” system, on the other hand, uses ultra broadband radar sensors to assist the driver during lane changes, indicating the presence of other vehicles in blind spots by lighting up icons on the door mirrors and activating an acoustic signal chosen by the driver.
The Jeep Renegade is due to launch in South Africa in April 2015 with the introduction of the front wheel drive versions, these will be followed later in the year by the all-wheel drive and four wheel drive versions. Pricing and specifications will be announced closer to the launch.