The Jeep Renegade just happens to be the slowest-selling ute in the lineup, significantly behind the Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, and Compass. On the market since 2015, it's a good time for Jeep to refresh its smallest member without drastically altering its rather fetching (cute) appearance. The 2019 Renegade shows off some slightly new duds and even swaps out an engine.
Though most folks won't notice the exterior changes, the 2019 Renegade gets updated front and rear fascias, a host of new wheel styles, and even 19" rims on Latitude and Limited (the Trailhawk is off-road focused, so no big wheels on that bad boy). The taillights no longer have the contrasting white backup light separation with the prominent jerry-can "X". The taillight's black surround framing is also gone.
The backup lights are now in the bumper where the reflectors used to be. But there is a new full LED lighting package that upgrades the headlights, daytime running lights, fog lamps, and taillights. The tailgate now has an actual handle built into it instead of users having to lift the tailgate from the bottom edge. Other than the new LED headlight package, we couldn't really tell much difference in the front fascia from the 2018 model.
The interior styling is pretty much unchanged. It's still the same rugged/sporty look with nice Jeep Easter Eggs scattered throughout. There are some important additions in terms of tech, Safety-wise, there's now available adaptive cruise control, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and front parking sensors. There are also new paint colors including Slate blue, Sting Grey and Bikini (no clue what this might be).
There's no information on pricing or a release date for the 2019 Renegade. Our guess is that they should be disclosed this fall, and the new model will go on sale before the end of 2018. Let's hope this generates more interest in this compact ute.