FCA has revealed two new variants of the Jeep Renegade, which will make their official debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 15. The special edition models, Renegade Deserthawk and Renegade Altitude, will come with several styling tweaks inside and out, along with some added equipment.
The Deserthawk is based on the rugged Trailhawk trim of the Renegade, and features 17in black wheels, unique decals on the bonnet and rear body panel, and rock rails on the outside, while the cabin gets black leather seats with ‘Light Frost’ stitching and accents, all-weather floor mats and cargo tray mat. It also boasts impressive trail-rated 4x4 capability thanks to standard Jeep Active Drive Low with 20:1 crawl ratio, Selec-Terrain system with exclusive Rock mode, a generous 221mm of ground clearance, skid plates, front and rear tow hooks, and up to 206mm of wheel articulation. It also comes equipped with Hill-descent Control, and capable of up to 483mm of water fording, and up to 907kg of towing capacity, which is pretty remarkable for a vehicle powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine. The Deserthawk will be available in Alpine White, Anvil, Black or the exclusive Mojave Sand colour option, as shown here.
Meanwhile, the 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude sports a “blacked-out” look, featuring 18in gloss black wheels with exterior accents including the front and rear badges, grille rings and tail lamp rings all getting the gloss black treatment. The theme is carried over into the cabin as well, which gets black premium cloth seats and finishes. Based on the Renegade Latitude model, the Altitude will be available with two powertrain options; a 2.4-litre engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, or a 1.4-litre turbocharged mill mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The Jeep Renegade Deserthawk takes the best-in-class capability of the Renegade Trailhawk and combines it with a unique look and additional features that include rock rails and a towing package – all inspired by the desert’s extreme conditions,” says Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “For customers looking for an edgy and aggressive appearance, the Jeep Renegade Altitude offers just that, building on the popularity of the other Altitude models across the Jeep lineup.”
The Altitude will go on sale in the US this month itself, while the Deserthawk will hit showrooms in January next year.