Jeep is no stranger to outlandish show cars, just look at Hurricane and Gladiator, for example. The Renegade concept is no exception. First seen at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, Renegade was designed to demonstrate that a serious off-road vehicle ("trail rated", as Jeep might say) can also be environmentally friendly.
The Renegade concept combines diesel and electric technology in a squat, rugged-looking vehicle that brings extreme dune surfing to mind. Renegade debuted with two other Chrysler concepts (Chrysler ecoVoyager and Dodge Zeo) that, according to the automaker, loosely illustrate the company's plans for environmentally responsible, "design-forward" cars.
Though striking in appearance, it's under the hood that Renegade is most compelling. The concept is powered by a small Bluetec diesel engine and lithium-ion battery pack that provides juice for a 200-kilowatt electric motor. Jeep estimates that this hybrid drivetrain is good for 250 horsepower. According to Jeep, Renegade should have a range of 40 miles in electric-only mode, and be good for 110 mpg when the diesel engine is engaged. Jeep puts Renegade's combined range at around 400 miles.
This dune-buggy-meets-Wrangler concept rides on a 101.6-inch wheelbase and is 153 inches long, 62.9 inches wide, and 56.3 inches high. Renegade's lightweight exterior is constructed mostly of aluminum body panels. True to its off-road nature, the two-door, two-passenger, four-wheel-drive open-air crawler features a hose-out water-friendly interior complete with drain plug and soy-based foam cushion seats. Per Jeep, Renegade allows outdoor enthusiasts to "go green, go anywhere."