Jeep Renegade Concept Auto Shows Car and Driver

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A diesel, two electric motors, two seats, one interesting look at Jeep’s future.

JEFFREY G. RUSSELL AND THE MANUFACTURER

Animal species’ rates of evolution usually can’t keep pace with that of automobiles, but the Jeep Wrangler is right down there with great white sharks, hummingbirds, and amoebas. So it’s with some amusement and curiosity that we take in the Jeep Renegade concept, which Chrysler rolled out at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Although the froggy eyes and palm green color of this circa-2020 Wrangler lend it an almost aquatic look, Jeeps are first and foremost masters of terra firma. There’s some sand-rail inspiration in the speedster windshieldperfect for surfing dunesand the Renegade’s tall stance and roll bar ensure that it will also be at home poking over boulder-strewn trails. The familiar seven-slot grille is front and center.

Pure whimsy? Not entirely. The high-set headlamps and sailing fenders may appear on a (distant) future Wrangler, and a derivative of the drivetrain could appear sooner, but the funky doors have about as much hope of surviving as a fifth-grader on American Gladiators .

Light and Versatile

At 153 inches long, with a wheelbase of fewer than 102 inches and a width of nearly six feet, this Renegade is a small but wide two-seater with waterproof fitments and a rear cargo area that can be configured to hold a variety of recreational equipment. In Detroit, there were onboard water sleds in back. The all-aluminum construction helps limit weight to 3150 pounds.

A Diesel and a Hybrid

The Renegade still has four-wheel-drive capability with low rangeit is a Jeep, after allthanks to an electric motor for each axle, an arrangement already in production on the Lexus RX400h hybrid. With a beefy battery pack to maximize electric-only drive time, Jeep claims the Renegade can travel up to 40 miles without firing the engine.

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For those forays farther than 40 miles from pavementor charging stationsa small-displacement BlueTec diesel charges the batteries, extending the vehicle’s range beyond 400 miles. Company officials claim the Renegade would get the equivalent of 110 mpg under normal driving conditions, although normal driving is hardly the aim of a true Jeep.

Neither is drag racing, although the Renegade could easily outrun the last Wrangler we tested: an Unlimited with an 8.5-second 0-to-60-mph time. Top speed for the Renegade is claimed to be a very windy 90 mph.

For the Big-Picture Outdoor Enthusiast

Jeep has given us a concept for the outdoor enthusiast who wishes to enjoy the earth while taking care of its futurea nice synergy, we think. Chrysler design chief Trevor Creed points to the use of minimalist, ecofriendly materials as a way to be environmentally friendly without compromising the styling and fun of an off-roader. We point to the excellent view you’ll get over the slashed windshield and through the holes in the doors of the cute birds, furry creatures, and fragile flora and fauna you’ll be saving as you no doubt tread silently and lightly through their habitat.


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