Jeep demonstrates the Renegade’s water fording talents

The folks over at Jeep U.K. decided to demonstrate the water fording capabilities of the Jeep Renegade. But rather than wading in some lackadaisical stream, the team chose the rushing waters of the Cardiff International White Water Center. This Olympic-standard course flows 3.8 million gallons of water per hour in only 820 feet of course, with a 30-foot drop in elevation from start to finish.

Needless to say, the challenge is real.

Jeep chose to use a nearly stock Renegade Trailhawk for the challenge. Jeep and Red Bull ambassador, and snowboarding champ Aimee Fuller would do the driving. The only changes made to the Jeep including adding drain holes in the footwells, raising the airbag ECU by a half-inch, and mounting up a set of winter tires.

The video dramatizes what looks like an uneventful drive down the man-made rapids. The Jeep never seems to be pushed by the water or to have lost traction, alluding to its impressive off-roading abilities. Granted, driving in swift-moving water in an uncontrolled environment is about the dumbest thing anyone can do. It takes a surprisingly little amount of rushing water to sweep a vehicle – even a high-riding crossover – off the road.

Nevertheless, the stunt is impressive to watch. It’s also impressive no other automaker has tired this before, making the Jeep Renegade the first vehicle to ever attempt the feat.

Continue reading for the full story.

Why it matters

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Good publicity is a tricky thing to come by sometimes, but that’s exactly what Jeep is searching for here. Jeep is using this as a way to raise awareness for the Renegade. It’s no doubt the Renegade is popular in Europe, but sales can always be improved. The partnership with a high-profile athlete helps as well.

The Renegade might not be the most capable Jeep in the stable, but it’s far more capable the large majority of crossovers in the market today. It comes with the optional Active Drive Low 4WD system, which give the driver high- and low-range gears for trudging through mud or snow. Speaking of different terrains, the Renegade comes with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction system, which adjust the traction control and ABS systems for environments that include snow, sand, mud, and rock.

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Read our full review on the Jeep Renegade here.

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Press Release

Jeep has once again showcased its legendary 4x4 driving credentials by becoming the world’s first automotive manufacturer to drive a car up and down an Olympic-standard white water rafting course.

Jeep and Red Bull ambassador Aimee Fuller guided the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk on the thrilling challenge at Cardiff’s International White Water Centre.

The Renegade and Olympic snowboarder Aimee tackled extreme off-road conditions as they went up and down the 250 metre long course, battling a flow of water that exceeded four tonnes per second and a descent of more than 30 feet from top to bottom.

“I’d never done anything like this before so when I arrived and saw the power and heard the noise of the water I was nervous,” said 24-year-old Aimee.

“But once I had driven into the course and got through the first few rapids the car felt great, really in control, and I started to relax and enjoy it.

“It’s a pretty cool thing to say I was the first person ever to drive a car down a white water rafting course, not something you do every day.”

Damien Dally, head of brand, Jeep UK, said: “We are always looking for unusual ways to demonstrate how good our cars are in extreme off-road conditions and driving the Renegade down a white water rafting course successfully has certainly showcased that.

“We are proud to say we are the first automotive manufacturer to achieve the feat of driving up and down white water rapids and that the stunt truly embodied the spirit of the car; of being renegade.”

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