2015 Jeep Renegade Video Shows CUV Playing in the Sand
“Tales of the Trailhawk” Focuses on Compact Jeep
Jeep premiered a new video in its YouTube series “Tales of the Trailhawk,” featuring the compact 2015 Renegade. The videos, which starred the Cherokee Trailhawk last year, will now focus on Jeep’s compact crossover.
The first installment of the Renegade series, embedded below, shows the blocky SUV airing down and taking on the sand dunes near Silver Lake, Michigan. The Renegade Trailhawk has no trouble scrambling around on the sand, and it looks like it would be lots of fun in this kind of terrain.
Obviously, you have to take the video with a grain of salt, because Jeep’s team shot and edited the footage, but still, it looks fun. The teaser video for the series, also embedded, promises a trip to Moab, so we’ll look forward to seeing the Lilliputian crossover tackle more intense terrain.
To be honest, we think the Renegade will be even better in the rough than the surprisingly capable Cherokee. Its smaller dimensions give it better approach, departure, and breakover angles than Jeep’s midsize crossover, and the Renegade and Cherokee Trailhawks have the same ground clearance. Like its big brother, the Renegade will also have a dedicated low-range gear ratio for its four-wheel drive system, which will help put power down effectively.
The Renegade is a pretty significant departure for Jeep, as it’s a very compact crossover in the vein of the upcoming Honda HR-V and Chevrolet Trax. Like those vehicles, the Renegade shares many components with a subcompact car, in this case, the Fiat 500. However, we expect the Renegade to follow in the footsteps of the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee by being the most off-roadable vehicle in its segment.
Source: Jeep via YouTube