Performance – 2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk
The Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk is not one to be messed with. Built for off-road mayhem, rock crawling, and low-speed traction for towing, the Renegade is a mighty vehicle. Being a Jeep, it has some styling cues that make it seem like it might be a part of the midsize SUV class, but it falls within the subcompact crossover SUV category. It’s only been on the market since 2015 and it has already made a name for itself in the SUV world.
Ten Years in the Making
The original Jeep Renegade concept debuted at the Paris Motor Show and the North American International Auto Show (NYAIS) in 2008. Without sounding too harsh, the concept looked a little … laughable? Honestly it looked like a green Batmobile without all the flair. The Renegade was supposed to be the first Jeep with a hybrid engine, a concept that Jeep dropped. It was only recently that Jeep announced they’ll be looking into hybrid technology again.
The Jeep Renegade we know today was shown to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014, and the first models, 2015 Jeep Renegades, went into mass production August 2014. When released, it came with its very own Trailhawk trim and 4×4 system, paired to Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system.
Capability of the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk
The Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is a culmination of low-end and high-end features from the lineup. Powered by the 2.4-liter TigerShark I4 MultiAir engine, the engine has been tweaked by a hydraulically powered variable valve timing (VVT) system. VVT technology not only changes the timing of an engine cylinder’s valve lift events, but when done with hydraulics it releases some of the tension that restricts the engine from working at full capacity without hindrance. The Jeep Renegade Trailhawk engine can generate a maximum of 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.
Built with Trailhawk features, this Renegade trim has red-finished front tow hooks, off-road suspension with underbody skid plates, and a unique front and rear fascia for a completely different look than other Jeeps. The Renegade Trailhawk also comes with two off-road systems: Jeep’s Selec-Terrain Traction Control System and a 4×4 system specific to the Trailhawk trim. The former is a system by Jeep designed for increasing off-road abilities and handling various road conditions on and off-road. It can offer up to five modes of drive, the Trailhawk having all of them – Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud and Rock.
Active Drive Low is the 4×4 system for the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. Featuring a rear axle disconnect, it may seamlessly engage all four wheels when tire slippage is detected to regain traction. Thus, the Trailhawk is a part-time 4×4 drivetrain, only using all four wheels when necessary. This system also features a 4WD low mode for low-speed traction when towing, say, a large boat out of the water. Drivers will enjoy making use of the 20:1 crawl ratio for low-speed rock crawling.
That Jeep Trailhawk Look
The Jeep Renegade is already a lot different than other Jeep models, with Jeep heritage designs and accents all around the exterior. The seven slot grille pattern is a theme at the front, in the taillights, and all around the interior. The “X” accents also on the taillights represents the gas canisters used by the US Army, where the first Jeeps originated, and can be also found on the roof, along with many other easter eggs around the Jeep Renegade.
To set it apart from the rest of the lineup, the front fascia has been altered to allow space for the red tow hooks and the hood wears a black matte decal. Aside from those changes, a “Trail Rated” and “Trailhawk” badge can be found on the exterior to signify that this model is an off-road warrior. The rest of the features include standard equipment from other models, including automatic headlamps, deep tint sunscreen glass, heated exterior mirrors with turn signals, and black side roof rails.
The interior of the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is mostly upgraded and its features include ambient LED interior lighting, a rear 60/40 folding seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with the option to also get leather trimmed seats, and all season floor mats. The technology is Uconnect 5.0, a 5-inch touchscreen and a 6-speaker audio system, but can be upgraded to a BeatsAudio premium sound system and a more advanced Uconnect systems.
Trailhawk models are different from the rest of Jeep vehicles, and the Renegade Trailhawk is no exception. You can find several 2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk trims in our inventory.