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Press Release : 24 February 2015 / Jeep Europe

Jeep has chosen the Geneva Motor Show for the debut of the Renegade with the new 1.4 litre 170 HP 4WD AT9 engine, the only petrol engine to sport a 9 speed automatic transmission and the "Jeep Active Drive" integrated traction system.

The new 1.4 Turbo MultiAir2 supplies 170 HP at 5,500 rpm maximum power and 250 Nm maximum torque at 2,500 rpm. Values that denote a very fluid power delivery combined with great acceleration as proven by the vehicle's top speed of 196 km/hr and acceleration of 0 to 100 km in 8.8 seconds. And all this is achieved with very limited CO2 emissions and consumption: on a complete road cycle, the figures posted are 160g/km and 6.9 l/100 km respectively.

One very striking feature is the application of MultiAir technology that has marked a new beginning compared to standard petrol engines, a quantum leap comparable to that which took place for diesel engines with the introduction of the Multijet. When compared to a traditional petrol engine of the same size, the MultiAir propulsion unit guarantees an increase in power (of up to 10%) and torque (up to 15%), along with a considerable reduction in consumption (up to 10%) and CO2 and particulate emissions (by as much as 10%) and NOx (up to 30%).

The core of the MultiAir is the electro-hydraulic valve management system that enables consumption to be reduced (thanks to direct control of the air through the engine's air intake valves, without the use of a throttle valve) and polluting emissions (thanks to the combustion control).

Approved as Euro6 and equipped with the Start&Stop system for the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, the 1.4, 170 HP, Turbo MultiAir features a series of components specially designed to reduced friction and improve performance and consumption efficiency.

The new Jeep Renegade engine set up comes in conjunction with an innovative 9 speed transmission - an exclusive feature for this vehicle segment - that enables the vehicle to optimize the power supplied by the engine while at the same time guaranteeing bright acceleration and a fluid and efficient power delivery at motorway speeds.

Completely electronic, the AT9 transmission is equipped with a "shift-on-the-fly" gearbox, with the possibility of selecting the manual AutoStick. More than 20 different mappings of individual gear changes to allow for specific conditions optimize the quality and the gear change timing, thus improving consumption, performance and driving experience. In order to establish the most appropriate gear change mode, the gear software can assess a number of variables such as the torque used, the "kick down", the longitudinal and lateral accelerations and changes in gradient.

The transmission control strategy accurately monitors the temperature, speed and activation of the electronic stability control, for improved driving comfort and a greater attention to detail. The result is an automatic gear shift that is perfectly suited to the performance requirements of any kind of driving style.

A further technical feature of the new Trailhawk and Limited versions equipped with the 2.0 Multijet 170 HP AT9 is the "Jeep Active Drive Low" 4 wheel drive system equipped with a rear axle disconnection device that enables a fluid and automatic shift from 2WD to 4WD without any driver intervention, to ensure permanent torque management and optimal traction whenever necessary.

The "Jeep Active Drive Low" integrated 4 wheel drive adopts the Jeep Selec-Terrain control technology with four settings (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud that become five for the Trailhawk model with the addition of the Rock mode), that guarantee optimal performance on and off-road on any kind of road surface. Finally, the "Jeep Active Drive Low" traction control system adds to the Selec-Terrain the downhill speed control (Hill - Descent Control) which allows a gradual and controlled descent on uneven or slippery terrain without the driver having to use the brake pedal.
 

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I can't wait to drive a 1.4T engine once they arrive at my local dealer. I sure hope they ordered some with the 1.4T/manual trans.
 

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So I'm guessing that this "AT9 transmission" is essentially the same as the zf9?
It's interesting that they paired it with the 2.0 diesel 1.4t in Europe but only comes with manual over here.
 

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...And all this is achieved with very limited CO2 emissions and consumption: on a complete road cycle, the figures posted are 160g/km and 6.9 l/100 km respectively.
Not sure how this compares to the 1.4T/6sp manual we're getting in the US - but 6.9L/100km is pretty good (34 MPG) - and they seem to imply this was not just highway driving. Granted - it's paired with an automatic - which may best the 6sp manual by a little. But it gives some hope for decent mpg numbers for the stick shift version here in the States.
 

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The ECE test cycle 6,9 L/100 km is not a real-world fuel consumption. Tipically real-world figures are about 20% worse.

For example, an Alfa Giulietta 1.4T should average 6,4 L/100 km, real-world consumption is on average 8 L/100 km (plus 23%).

That means 6,9 L/100 km is actually 8,3 L/100 km or 28 mpg.
 
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