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Price drop of up to $2500 for Jeep Renegade small SUV

PRICE DROP: Starting price of $29,000 driveaway for the Renegade small SUV an answer to critics who said the baby Jeep was too expensive at launch
PRICE DROP: Starting price of $29,000 driveaway for the Renegade small SUV an answer to critics who said the baby Jeep was too expensive at launch

JEEP'S funky Renegade small SUV arrived last October with good looks, flexible engines, decent cabin space and a mighty dose of personality.

All key selling points in this so-hot-right-now segment, but the little funster was stymied by what looked like a too high price tag, not least in the face of far cheaper (and very good) opposition.

And so it has proved.

FCA Australia has responded with savings of up to $2500 across the Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk range, with the entry level Sport manual now starting at $28,000, down from $29,500. And to keep things fair for current Renegade owners (291 were sold in 2015 after its October launch), cash-back cards valued at between $1500 and $2500 - equal to the savings on their model - are heading their way.

2015 Jeep Renegade range. Photo: Contributed
2015 Jeep Renegade range. Photo: Contributed

If we look at sales figures for last month, 87 Jeep Renegades found new homes (12 less than its Compass stablemate), equal to just over a 1% market share in the small SUV (under $40,000) class. Best seller for December was Mitsubishi's ASX with 2066 models sold, and Mazda's CX-3 the runner-up with 1207. These Japanese SUVs have variants starting at $24,990 and $19,990 respectively.

As for the Jeep, biggest saving with the new pricing is with the luxury-appointed Renegade Limited, reduced from $38,500 to $36,000, while the Trailhawk - the only all-wheel-drive in the range (and highly competent off road during our test) - is down to an even $40,000 from its $41,500 launch sticker price.

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. Photo: Contributed
2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. Photo: Contributed

FCA Australia is showing more love with a $1,000 drive away offer on both the Renegade Sport manual and auto variants.

A move in the right direction that FCA Australia hopes will see more Renegades on our roads - no bad thing at all - but will the reductions prove to be enough?

Jeep Renegade New 2016 Pricing

1.6-litre Sport manual - $28,000 ($29,000 driveaway).

1.4-litre Sport auto - $32,000 ($33,000 driveaway).

1.4-litre Longitude auto - $33,000.

1.4-litre Limited auto - $36,000.

2.4-litre Trailhawk auto - $40,000.

2015 Jeep Renegade. Photo: Contributed
2015 Jeep Renegade. Photo: Contributed

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