Electronic Emergency Brake means Flat Bed Towing.
Salesman (one whom I can trust) says that for the 2015 model year, new safety features have been added. You can now use the electronic brake as an old fashioned emergency brake if you need to without fear of locking the brakes completely up and crashing. There is an electric solenoid that activates the brakes when you flip the lever. As far as real world daily experience, you should search the Cherokee forums and ask owners there...they can tell you if they like the system or not. Personally, I think it could potentially have lots of advantages, like no more cables that can freeze, stick, and break. No more adjustments needed periodically. Less complexity to changing brake shoes/pads. That kind of thing.
The Electronic Emergency Brake is a great idea.
I have one on my VW GTD, that's right it's a Turbo Diesel. We currently live in Australia. A place where almost every fuel station has diesel.
However, according to the owners manual, the Renegade is no longer towable without all four wheels off the ground.
This kind of thing ruins our hopes to use it as a "Toad" for our RV. We had planned to tow it behind our RV and utilize it's off-road capability to have fun as we travelled around the US and Canada.
Now, if we want to have the Renegade as our Toad, we will need to buy a small flat bed car hauler. This will add about $10,000 to our Renegade purchase, and not only make it WAY over-priced, but also, make it more cumbersome in utilizing the State and National Parks RV facilities.
It is a shame. The Renegade would have made an ideal Toad.
FCA really wants this vehicle to look the part in the City, but only if you don't need to transport it over long distances to have a greater variety in your off-road fun.
FCA has wiped out a very large and fast growing market segment. The marketing opportunity in young retirees who still have a little kick and who still feel adventurist.
I hope a smarter, more forward-looking auto manufacturer is developing just such a vehicle for this very lucrative market segment. Maybe with a DIESEL to add more torque and fuel efficiency.
We have to wait and see if another off-road Toad hops into the marketplace for this fast growing, and, now very pent up demand within a relatively affluent segment of the auto industry.
So I hope, Renegade buyers have a lot of places to off-road close to home.