erhaps more seriously than it needs to. While it's been co-developed with the upcoming Fiat 500X - the two share chassis hard points and wheelbases, as well as a production facility in Melfi, Italy - they head off in different directions after that.
In the US of A, where Jeep expects to sell a shedload of these, off-road ability is taken very seriously. As a result, there's some proper hardware available. Front-wheel drive may be standard but there are two AWD options, the most hardcore coming with hill descent control, a crawler ratio and increased ground clearance. Both get an adjustable drive mode dial that toggles between settings such as snow, mud and sand, though helpfully you can just leave it in auto, too.
We've had a go in the top-spec Trailhawk model, which comes with the more serious setup, and talented it is, too. It climbs and descends some tough inclines and declines without too much trouble, distributing torque smoothly between the wheels on ground when others are hanging up in the air. The number of customers that will actually do this is, of course, negligible, but if it's an authentic Jeep people want, the Renegade at least ticks that box.