Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Jeep | posted November 14, 2016 08:06
Jeep introduces two new Renegade models, the Deserthawk and the Altitude
Jeep's smallest SUV will be available in two new models after the automaker revealed the Renegade Deserthawk and Altitude ahead of this year's Los Angeles Auto Show.
“These two new Jeep Renegade models help to extend our popular small SUV’s continued global success since its launch last year, and to provide customers with the choice of two distinctive and unique special editions,” said Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand, FCA Global.
First up is the Deserthawk which gets a more rugged exterior design that's specifically built to take on the desert. Based on the Trailhawk variant, the Deserthawk Renegade gets a pair of roof rails as standard, a unique hood, rear body panel decals and a towing package as well. Completing it all are the 17-inch alloy wheels painted in black.
Inside, Jeep said the Deserthawk is fitted with black leather-wrapped seats with contrast stitching, all-weather floor mats, cargo tray mat, 7-inch infotainment display and a reverse camera. It also comes with Jeep's Selec-Terrain system which allows for better maneuverability in off-road terrain.
Propelling the Deserthawk is the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 inline-four that produces 184 PS and 237 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox that drives all four wheels.
Available colors for the Deserthawk include: Anvil, Black, White and the model-exclusive Mojave Sand.
Next up is the Altitude which features a predominantly blacked-out exterior and interior. It gets gloss black accents on the rear badges, grill rings and tail lamp rings, and sits on 18-inch gloss black wheels to boot.
Inside, the cabin of the Altitude also gets the dark treatment. It gets black cloth seats that is spruced up by high gloss black trim pieces. On the other hand, certain portions of the Jeep like gear lever and door handles get metal diamond accents.
As it is based off the Latitude model, the Altitude Renegade is available with either the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine, or the small yet capable 1.4-liter MultiAir2 Turbo inline-four that puts out 168 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Available transmissions include a 9-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The Deserthawk will arrive in US dealerships by January 2017 while the Altitude is set to arrive later this month.
Both special edition Renegades will be at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show from November 18 – 27, 2016.