The little Renegade is gone from Australia after five years on the market, but the door is open for a return.
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Jeep has put its slow-selling Renegade SUV on hold in Australia.

The rugged-looking rival to the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V only found 70 homes last year, down from 163 in 2018 – and a huge drop from the 1051 sold in 2016, the Renegade's best year in Australia.

Even slow-selling competitors like the Ford EcoSport (481 sales) and Nissan Juke (509) comfortably outsold the smallest Jeep last year.

Jeep says a weak Australian dollar is behind the decision to kill the Renegade, denying sluggish sales are to blame.

A company spokesperson told CarAdvice the car could return if it becomes "commercially viable" again.

The Renegade made its debut in 2015, with Jeep's then-CEO Mike Manley describing it as "a massive positive for the Jeep brand".

"From a size point of view, it’s the fastest-growing SUV segment in the world. It’s still small in some segments... but the growth rate is massive so it's important for us to be in that segment," he said in Detroit.

"People talk about it as a gateway for younger customers to come into your brand. Whether that’s true or not true the fact is that literally hundreds of thousands of vehicles will be registered in that size and we want our portion of it."

The decision to axe the Renegade means the facelifted model initially meant to arrive in Australia late last year is now off the cards.

Jeep's range now kicks off with the Compass, priced from $28,850 before on-road costs.