By Stewart Smith on 2016-02-02 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Jeep Renegade Night
Eagle set to fly
A NEW limited edition of the successful Jeep Renegade called the Night Eagle is about to be released.
It follows in the tyre tracks of the larger Cherokee Night Eagle, which was launched in the UK last November, and the new Renegade version is similarly based on the Longitude mid-range level.
It adds features such as 17-inch black alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, satin grey Jeep badges and unique Night Eagle badge, coloured roof bars and side mirrors, and satin grey grille rings on a black front grille.
The newcomer Night Eagle is limited to just 350 examples for the UK and of these, just 160 will be available in the unique Volcano Sand matt paint finish, which complements the two other available colours, Carbon Black and Alpine White.
Inside, the Renegade Night Eagle boasts exclusive seats in bark brown fabric with electric lumbar support for the driver, leather wrapped steering wheel, dual zone climate control, DAB UConnect radio with five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and sat nav, and cruise control.
A limited number of options are also available to further enhance the Renegade Night Eagle, including electric panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and steering wheel, and regular size spare tyre.
Power comes from a choice of MultiJet II diesel engines, both combined with Jeep's six-speed manual transmission: the 1.6-litre 120bhp with two-wheel drive, or the 2.0-litre 140bhp unit, driving all four wheels.
This gives the car a top speed of 111mph (113mph 2.0-litre 4WD) and 0-62 mph acceleration in 10.2 seconds (9.5 seconds). The Renegade Night Eagle can still return a claimed 64.2mpg (55.4mpg) fuel economy on the combined cycle.
The new Jeep Renegade Night Eagle costs £21,595 for the 1.6 MultiJet II 120hp 2WD, and £24,095 for the 2.0 MultiJet II 140hp 4WD.
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