• Nov 20, 2007
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The final concept of Chrysler's trio for the 2008 Detroit Auto Show is the Jeep Renegade Concept. We actually find this one the most interesting, both in terms of design and feasibility. The Renegade features all-aluminum construction to keep its weight down, as well as what appears to be a parallel hybrid drivetrain consisting of the same 40-mile lithium-ion battery pack used in the Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept sharing duties with a small-displacement BLUETEC diesel engine. Jeep claims the Renegade would be good for more than 110 miles per gallon, which we think is probably accurate. Hopefully we'll begin seeing fuel economy numbers like that when lithium-ion battery packs become more prevalent, as well as diesel engines for that matter.

The Renegade's design is typical Jeep, focusing on adventure in all weather conditions. The speedster windshield and roll bar add some sportiness to the aesthetics, while the lower-door openings and hosable interior show it's a true Jeep with a trail-busting attitude. The lack of any front overhang and the vertical headlights give the front end an aerodynamic yet rugged look that we think works well Jeep's trademark seven-slot grille.

That's the last of Chrysler's concept trio that we were given a sneak peak of today, though all will be present and accounted for in January at the Detroit Auto Show. We're not sure yet what the company plans to show in terms of production cars, redesigns and refreshes, but when we find out you'll be the first to know.

[Source: Jeep]



PRESS RELEASE:

2008 Jeep® Renegade Concept

The 2008 Jeep Renegade Concept is a sporty B-segment-sized two-seater ideally suited for the all-weather delights of off-roading and dune surfing. Featuring a cut-down speedster windshield, a roll bar, openings in the door lowers and a hose-out interior, it is an "eco-friendly" vehicle with minimized use of materials – designed for those who want to enjoy the earth while taking care of its future. The propulsion system combines a 40-mile lithium-ion battery pack and a small-displacement BLUETEC diesel engine. The result: fuel economy of more than 110 miles per gallon.

Specifications
Length: 153 inches (3885 mm)
Width at H-point: 62.9 inches (1598 mm)
Height: 56.3 inches (1431 mm)
Wheelbase: 101.6 inches (2580 mm)


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks good....for me to poop on? *shrugs*
      • 7 Years Ago
      why do we keep seeing these sport-offroad concepts?

      they never make it to production, the entire class of vehicle makes no sense and is of no relevance to anything.

      why do they keep making them?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Master Chief, you've arrived.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Indeed; this looks eerily close to the Warthog of Halo fame, but I think it's more an update to the Renegade concept from 2005 into something leaner, if not meaner. To its credit, however, it drops the Warthog's ridiculous suspension (can you say "top heavy?") and gives it an edgier look, very key for "civilian" consumers. However, it seems to be quite compact, more ideally suited dune buggy type vehicle to compete with Kawasaki and Honda than a good street or true trail ute.

        Jeep has had a few nice concepts recently, including the TrailHawk, which screams to be made into the next-gen Cherokee. This Renegade could be the Wrangler's nasty little brother.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think it's a puma...
        • 7 Years Ago
        holy crap you're right, it is a warthog, just throw a .50-cal on there and the covenant will be running in fear.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ian ftw! RvB roolz.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually my first thought was of Gorillaz, not Halo. But yeah, I can see it.
      • 7 Years Ago

      I've learned not to get excited about concepts. Almost none make it to production looking like the concept (FJ Cruiser is the lone exception I have seen). Not that this looks like anything we could realistically expect, but I wouldn't get my hopes up for anything remotely close to this. Although I would love for Chrysler to prove me wrong.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cause what I really want is Jeep to piss away more of its heritage and produce cute-utes and poseur vehicles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just another one of Jeeps version of vapor ware. I can't recall how many really cool Jeep concepts I saw at car shows over the years...cars I would have bought in a heartbeat...only to find that they'll never see the light of day. Maybe next years model (that looks like last years model) will come out with a piece of bumper trim "disrectly from the concept vehicle!!!"
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another toy car from Jeep?? It just looks like one of those student projects. Chrysler, it's time to hire some good designers! You guys really need 'mature' design skills badly before the company really goes down!
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow...
      i can't believe i'm saying this...
      i like 3 chrysler vehicles now!
      (too bad they're all still concepts)
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, what's new? I think I've seen this before.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Y'all are correct. Some designers have been playing a little too much Halo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Halo was around a long time before this design...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Jeep was around a LONG time before Halo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wait a minute..when did Tamiya take over the Jeep division? :)
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