The limited-run Deserthawk and Altitude host an assortment of cosmetic tweaks both inside and out.
If you’re finding the regular Renegade to be a tad bit on the bland side, Jeep is giving its competent off-roader two special editions adding some pizzaz. The first one is called “Deserthawk” and is based on the rugged Trailhawk version, but with some extra content to live up to its special edition status. It rides on black 17-inch wheels and features several decals applied onto the body which can be had in Alpine White, Anvil, Black colors, or the Mojave Sand hue pictured here offered exclusively on this version.
It has received as standard a pair of roof rails and a towing package, while the interior cabin is home to black leather-wrapped seats with contrasting stitching, seven-inch cluster, rearview camera, a cargo tray mat, and all-weather floor mats. Being based on the Renegade Trailhawk, it means the limited-run model has been fitted with the beefier body and a Selec-Terrain system incorporating a Rock mode available only on this particular model.
There aren’t any changes underneath the hood, so as usual power comes from a 2.4-litre Tigershark engine delivering 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque to both axles through a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep will have the Renegade Deserthawk for sale early 2017 for an asking price of $35,040 MSRP, making it $2,750 more expensive than the Trailhawk upon which it’s based.
As far as the Renegade Altitude is concerned, this one proposes a more sinister murdered-out exterior appearance, but you can still have it in all exterior colors available for the 2017MY. The special edition started off as a Renegade Latitude model and then Jeep installed a set of glossy black 18-inch wheels complemented by a wide array of glossy black body accents. The dark theme continues on the inside where the cloth upholstery also comes in black, as does some of the trim. Rounding off the cabin changes are the metal diamond accents applied onto the door handles, shifter knob, and in some other places.
You can have it either with the aforementioned 2.4-litre unit hooked up to the same nine-speed auto, or with a 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo rated at 160 hp and 184 lb-ft channeled to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.
We have no word on whether the Renegade Altitude will be sold in Canada. But it arrives at U.S. dealer showrooms later this month.
Both special editions will be on display next week at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.