Jeep has announced it is bringing two custom Renegade concept vehicles to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, one of which is this off-road themed Renegade.

Coated in Commando Green paint, the Renegade receives some interesting graphic along its sides that mirror the “X”-shape in the taillights, which themselves, mirror the old school Jerry cans Jeeps used to carry back during its military service. The concept has much of its roots dug in an actual production vehicle. Behind all the additions and swanky paintwork, is a Trailhawk model complete with all the off-road goodies.

The Trailhawk package adds Jeep’s Active drive Low 4WD system with a 20:1 crawl ratio; the Selec-Terrain system that features different driving modes like rock, mud, snow; a suspension lift of 0.8 inches; unique 17-inch wheels and all-terrain tires; red-colored tow hooks; and beefy skid plates. The Trailhawk also comes standard with the 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission.

Beyond the mechanicals, the Commando-colored concept features a topographical map of Detroit on its hood, a roof basket for hauling gear, and a single red-colored spoke on each wheel that matches the red tow hooks front and back, along with the laser-etched “JEEP” logo on the upgraded rocker panel guards.

Jeep upgraded the Renegade’s interior with Katzkin leather seat covers and Commando green HVAC bezels, speaker grilles, and center console cover. Of course, Jeep added slush mats front and rear for muddy boots and a cargo tray in the rear for extra storage – both of which are standard Mopar accessories.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Renegade Off-road Mopar-Equipped.

  • 2015 Jeep Renegade Off-road Mopar-Equipped
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    Nine-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    184
  • Torque @ RPM:
    177
  • Displacement:
    2.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    10 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine, 4WD
  • Price:
    30000 (Est.)
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  • body style:

Exterior

2015 Jeep Renegade Off-road Mopar-Equipped High Resolution Exterior
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Some may argue the Renegade isn’t a “real Jeep,” but this upgraded paint job with its nifty graphic and roof basket really up the cute Jeep’s trail cred. The Jerry can graphics on the Jeep’s sides are a real attention-getter, especially with the iconic “grille and headlights” logo centered in the mix.

The red accented wheels and tow hooks bring a splash of color to the otherwise earth-tone color scheme. The red coloring is also found in the laser-etched “JEEP” logo at the rear of the rocker panel sliders.

Interior

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Standard Renegade shown
Though Jeep has yet to provide an interior shot of this concept, the Renegade’s cabin includes some body-colored Commando green accents on the HVAC bezels, speaker grilles, and on the center console cover. The seats are treated to rich Katzkin leather for an upgraded look. Slush mats front and rear keep the underlying carpet free from dirt while a cargo tray mounted behind the second row offers a stackable place to store gear.

Drivetrain

Unchanged is the Renegade’s 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine. The MultiAir engine is Fiat-sourced and produces 184 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 177 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. While it won’t win any drag races, the engine provides enough torque to propel the four-wheel-drive Jeep through tough terrain. A nine-speed automatic transmission does the shifting.

Sending power to all four wheels is Jeep’s Active Drive Low system. Unlike the Renegade’s other four-wheel-drive system simply called Active Drive, the Trailhawk’s 4WD system provides a low range setting with a crawl ratio of 20:1. Also included is Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system. It gives the driver five separate modes to chose from based on the terrain. They include auto, snow, sand, mud, and rock.

Prices

This concept vehicle is just that – a concept. It doesn’t officially have a price tag associated with it. However, a standard Jeep Renegade Trailhawk starts at $30,095.

Competition

Fiat 500X

2016 Fiat 500X Exterior
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The 500X is a funky little crossover from the Renegade’s parent firm Fiat. While the two share many components such as the 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 and overall platform, the two couldn’t be more different in terms of target audience. (At least the above Renegade‘s target audience) Destined for the U.S. for 2016, the 500X will be the largest Fiat offered here.

Prices should be competitively set, starting around the low $20,000 mark.

Mini Countryman

2015 Mini Countryman High Resolution Exterior
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Leaning far more towards the crossover side of the aisle, the Countryman is more of a tall wagon that offers all-wheel-drive and some body cladding. Under the Mini’s hood is a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 208 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is offered, which helps make the crossover sportier. 0-to-60 times will come in roughly 7.5 seconds with a top sped of 135 mph. Expect prices to start in the mid to upper $20,000 range.

Conclusion

2015 Jeep Renegade Off-road Mopar-Equipped High Resolution Exterior
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This Jeep Renegade concept takes a far more masculine approach to things than the standard Renegade. Its upgraded appearance and off-road-worthy mechanical upgrades make it worth a second look. We admittedly like the Renegades whole Jerry can “X”-shape theme it carries throughout its trim levels, so showing it off here grows the concept’s appeal that much more.

While it’s not likely Jeep will make this concept a consumer-ready product, it is nice to know much of the added features can be had through Mopar’s accessory catalog.

  • Leave it
    • * Not likely headed to production
    • * Could use more hard-core tires and lift
    • * No updated to the powertrain

Press Release

The off-road Mopar-equipped Jeep Renegade is a triple threat — the small SUV arrives already fortified to stay true to the adventurous lifestyle and 4 x 4 capability for which the Jeep brand is known, is further geared to meet the demands of off-roading as a Trailhawk model and gets even more distinctive personality thanks to Jeep Performance Parts and prototype parts.

2015 Jeep Renegade Off-road Mopar-Equipped High Resolution Exterior
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The unique Commando Green skin of the Renegade is highlighted on both sides by large, bold body-side graphics that pick up on the “X”-shape styling of the taillamps, which come standard on the 2015 Renegade. The graphics also play off the Jerry can “X” design associated with first-generation military Jeep vehicles.

In a nod to the Motor City roots of the NAIAS, a map of Detroit decorates the Mopar Topographical Hood decal, a popular new customizable Mopar accessory introduced last year.

The satin black wheels feature a single spoke trimmed in Colorado red, while tow hooks that come standard at the front and rear of the Trailhawk model also receive the same treatment. Cross rails and a Mopar roof basket — perfect for carrying gear to the trail or sport equipment back home — are satin black, with a gloss black body side rail.

A concept skid plate, prototype rock rails, rear valance and production roof rails equip the Jeep brand’s new small SUV to handle off-road obstacles, and are neatly tied together by a matching neutral grey satin color. Additional protection underneath is provided by a production Mopar skid plate kit. Jeep badging at the front and rear also is trimmed in neutral grey. The Jeep name is laser cut on the prototype rock rails, which are made to “pop” further with painted red edges.

Heading inside, the trail-ready capabilities of the Renegade are balanced with premium interior appointments, including Katzkin leather seat covers. HVAC bezels, speaker grilles and the center console are highlighted in Commando Green, matching the exterior. The wheel, shifter and door lever receive satin black trim, with all bright interior badging finished in neutral grey.

Jeep Authentic Accessories round out the modifications, including Mopar slush mats in the front and rear to protect the interior. A Mopar cargo tray provides additional storage space, and Mopar doorsills are emblazoned with the Jeep logo.

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