So the issue that made the new Cherokee so hard to lift doesn't look like will be a problem for the renegade. A small lift looks entirely possible.
The main issue was that the strut was a Zero net tolerance strut with no adjustment due to a single bolt mount to the hub. Looking at the strut for the 2013 500L (of which the Renegade is a platform mate) shows as having a traditional 2 bolt, adjustable strut mounting.
So there is that.