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Jeep axes all but one diesel engine from its Renegade line-up

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Jeep is the latest car maker to slim down its diesel model range, with the baby Renegade now consisting of petrol editions, with a diesel Trailhawk off-road focussed model crowning the model range. 4xe Plug-in hybrid variants are scheduled to join the line-up, too, later this year.

Up until the end of last month, Jeep offered a range of nine diesel variants, in Longitude, Night Eagle, Limited and Trailhawk trim levels, but this has now been slimmed down to just one Trailhawk edition at the top of the range, powered by the 168bhp 2.0-litre MultiJet II  powerplant and nine-speed automatic transmission. Priced at £31,230, it isn’t clear whether this sole diesel model will continue to be offered, or whether it is also on runout, too.

The Renegade line-up soldiers on for 2020 with a choice of 118bhp 1.0- and 148bhp 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engines. Last year just 1,922 examples of the Jeep Renegade were registered, with 25 per cent of them diesel powered. That figure is down from a high of 11,099 in 2016 – the SUV’s first full year of production – when diesel sales accounted for 61 per cent of the Renegade’s overall sales.

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