Set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show mere days from now, the Renegade Hard Steel concept is a joint effort between various elements of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group, including Jeep, Mopar and the FCA Style Centre. It's based on the Trailhawk off-road model, but is distinguished by its unique metallic finish, offset by matte black trim and a full raft of available and custom Mopar accessories. Though Jeep has yet to show us what it looks like inside, it's said to have a specially coated leather finish. And of course there's that trailer.
Designed to mimic the Renegade's rear-end styling, the appendage will be used on the floor of the Geneva Palexpo to showcase the vehicle's Uconnect Live infotainment system through an oversized pop-up touchscreen display that mirrors the new 5- or 6.5-inch display that'll soon be available on the littlest of Jeeps, offering streaming content including music, news, social media and traffic conditions.
We have no indication that a similar trailer could be going into production (minus, of course, the infotainment stuff), but it's worth noting that Jeep has indeed done something similar before. Feel free to read more in the press release, below.
Renegade Hard Steel Jeep Showcar
The Renegade Hard Steel Jeep showcar, which blends style, off-road vocation, and technology, will be making its debut and the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. Created by the Jeep brand, in collaboration with the Mopar brand and backed by the FCA Style Centre, the showcar "explores" the potential of a model that provides countless customization options, while also providing an outlook for potential future Mopar accessories dedicated to the new Renegade.
Based on the Trailhawk - the off-road version of the range - the prototype is not a simple customisation in aftermarket but a design project that, with due respect to the peculiarities of original models, has led us to the creation of a unique and fascinating article.
The "technological" aspect of the showcar is attained aesthetically with a Brushed Steel livery, a bodywork treatment that evokes cutting-edge aviation and marine technology. All enhanced by a matte black colour contrast used for many of the features such as the grid, roof bars, mirror covers, 16" alloy wheels, side rubbing strips, bonnet air vents, fenders and bumpers.
The same strong customization is found in the interior where the Brushed Steel treatment embellishes the frames of the air conditioning vents, gearbox, glove compartment and audio speakers. Stylistic details that go perfectly with the light grey tone stitching of the seats, the door panels and the Trailhawk logo embroidered on the headrests.
Special mention goes to the Renegade Hard Steel upholstery proposed in a precious Frau® Century lead-coloured leather: an absolute novelty in the automotive field. In particular, the high-quality coating, designed to celebrate the brand's 1912 centenary, has been accomplished through a long and intricate craftsmanship. The final result provides a soft and warm touch, along with a worn look of great exquisiteness: small but perceptible changes in the nuances of texture that uniquely line each piece.
Metropolitan appearance for a model that is no stranger to the most extreme escapades. The Renegade Hard Steel showcar adopts larger BF Goodrich All Terrain tyres, raised suspension, skid plate engraved with "Trailhawk" and bonnet performance. Made all the more attractive by the presence of original accessories such as a Mopar grille and opaque black mirror covers, black running board, floor mats and towbar. The latter is connected to the trailer that incorporates the vehicle "vitamin-enriched" design and becomes an "internet hotspot" thanks to the Wi-Fi developed by Mopar, always as an original accessory dedicated to the Renegade.
Within the trailer, a touch screen display shows all the features of the new Uconnect® LIVE system, a service platform that allows access to Internet Music (Deezer), Internet Radio (TuneIn), News (Reuters), real time Traffic (Tom Tom LIVE) as well as Social Network (Facebook and Twitter). Available from June on Renegade model - it is the first Jeep vehicle to provide this - the sophisticated infotainment system adopts UconnectTM 5 "or 6.5" touch screens ensuring access to radio, mediaplayer, handsfree phone, navigation device and UconnectTM LIVE services.
Finally, the original "appendage" of the Renegade Hard Steel showcar is provided with speakers that make it a real "entertainment station": through the collaboration of Jeep and Deezer, in Geneva the public can preview the Renegade Playlist, 25 music tracks that evoke the true spirit of the strongly suggestive unconventional and adventurous new Jeep model.
Turin, 27 February 2015