It has now been 75 years since the first Jeep was introduced in 1941, just ahead of the U.S. involvement in WWII. It was good timing, as it meant that U.S. forces were properly equipped for the war, and it also meant that the Jeep brand was able to grow very quickly. To commemorate the anniversary, Jeep is rolling out a whole series of special editions for all of the brand’s models. This includes a whole, frankly impressive, range of exclusive paint colors and other aesthetic touches and options bundles.

The Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition isn’t quite as optioned up as some of the other special editions, as Jeep clearly wanted to offer a whole range of pricing options, and with the Renegade being one of the more inexpensive models already, it wouldn’t have made a lot of sense to option it up too much. The package doesn’t make for a big increase in price, because if any brand knows how to make a special edition that’s worth buying, it is still definitely Jeep. The special edition is based on the Renegade Latitude, which is the middle trim level of the small SUV, so a lot of options would be included whether it was a special edition or not.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary edition.

What makes the Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary edition special

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The big important thing that this special edition brings to the Renegade is reduction to the vehicle’s cute factor. This has always been a big drawback of the Renegade, that it was just too cute to be taken seriously as an off-road vehicle. Apparently, after Jeep brought out a couple of crossovers that looked tough but performed like cute utes, the temptation was to go the other way and offer something that under promised on looks but was actually capable. The new paint colors match the styling well, coming in Jungle Green, Alpine White, Black, Omaha Orange, Mojave Sand, Glacier Metallic, Granite Crystal and Anvil.

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The special edition also adds a new set of 18-inch wheels, fog lamp bezels and a roof rack, all in a low gloss bronze that looks good. The badging has also all been redone in the same color, and all of the low gloss bronze will probably be the easiest way to spot a 75th Anniversary Edition. On the interior, the optional Beats Audio system is now standard, as is the MySky opening roof system. And although it doesn’t mention it in the press release, the Tangerine contrast stitching on the seats is also part of the special edition package.

The price for the 75th Anniversary Edition of the Renegade 4X4 is $25,375, plus an additional $995 destination charge. That’s about $2,100 more than the regular 4X4 Latitude, and only a few hundred under the price of the Trailhawk. An extra couple of grand is noticeable on a vehicle with a base price of only just under $19,000, but for those willing to spend the money on the options, this special edition is actually something of a no-brainer. The difference in price is only what you’d pay to add the extra included options anyway, so you can think of the attractive new paint and the other aesthetic touches as being free extras.

Jeep Renegade

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The Jeep Renegade is a small B-segment crossover that is styled to look like a scaled-down version of the Wrangler. It’s a surprisingly capable little vehicle, both off-road and as a grocery getter. It’s available with either front-wheel-drive or as a 4X4, and with a choice of a 160-horsepower 1.4-liter engine or a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter engine. Prices start at $18,990 for the base model, but can easily head north of $30,000 if you’re looking at the top Trailhawk trim with some extra options.

Read our full review on the Jeep Renegade here.

Press Release

Born in 1941, the Jeep® brand celebrates 75 years of 4x4 leadership, military history, and open-air freedom and adventure in 2016. As a tribute to this diamond anniversary celebration, Jeep is creating distinctive, 75th Anniversary special-edition models of each vehicle in its lineup.

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“Jeep vehicles have defined the authentic SUV and set the benchmark for off-road capability and freedom since they were first produced in 1941,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Today, Jeep SUVs continue to deliver 4x4 leadership, as well as fuel efficiency, world-class craftsmanship and premium on-road dynamics.

“In honor of the brand’s 75th anniversary, we have created eye-catching, special-edition models of each vehicle in our lineup that celebrate the unparalleled history of the legendary Jeep brand,” Manley added.

All 75th Anniversary special-edition models will be available in Jeep-exclusive Green exterior paint (Sarge Green, Recon Green or Jungle Green, depending on model), Low Gloss Bronze wheels, Bronze and Orange exterior accents, unique interiors, including exclusive seats with embossed 75th Anniversary logo or one-of-a-kind Ombre Mesh fabric, open-air freedom and a 75th Anniversary exterior badge. Each model will be available in Jeep dealer showrooms in the first quarter of 2016.

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The starting U.S. MSRP of the Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary edition is $25,375 for 4x4 models (plus $995 destination). It is available in Jungle Green, Alpine White, Black, Omaha Orange, Mojave Sand, Glacier Metallic, Granite Crystal and Anvil.

Based on the Renegade Latitude model, features include:

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New 18-inch wheel, grille surrounds, fog lamp bezels, roof rack, tail lamp applique, rear fascia and tail lamp applique and badges, all in Low Gloss Bronze
Beats Audio system
MySky open-air roof system

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