New Jeep Renegade versions are for desert or dress up

Jeep fans who don't find the Renegade rebellious enough may find two new special editions of the small off-road SUV more suited to their wild spirit.

The 2017 Renegade Deserthawk and Altitude are both set to bow this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. One is meant for taking on the toughest desert terrain while the other is dressy enough to pull up an an opera house.

Deserthawk may blend right into its environment if buyers order it in the new, exclusive Mojave Sand tan. It also comes in white, black and a gray called Anvil. The Deserthawk rocks 17-inch black wheels, hood and rear-body-panel decals, rock rails, skid plates, and signature red front and rear tow hooks. Inside are black leather seats with contrast stitching and accents, all-weather floor mats, a cargo tray mat, a backup camera and a 7-inch multimedia display.

All that's in addition to the Deserthawk's all-terrain capabilities, which mirror those of the "regular" Trailhawk edition. The desert-ready, all-wheel-drive performance comes courtesy 8.7 inches of ground clearance, hill descent control, up to 19 inches of water fording and a standard 180-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Deserthawk will swoop into dealerships in January at a starting price of $29,135, including a $995 destination charge. That's compared with the regular Trailhawk, which starts at $27,640 with destination.

In contrast is the Altitude, which is aimed more at making an impression on the street than the mud.

It elevates the offerings of the Latitude model, starting with an aggressive, all-black color scheme. All regular Latitude paint jobs are available, but the 18-inch wheels are blacked out and gloss-black accents adorn the exterior, including the front and rear badges, grille rings and taillight rings.\

Altitude doesn't lighten up on the inside, either, with black cloth seats, high-gloss black finishes and Metal Diamond accents throughout on key touch points such as the shifter knob and door handles.
Like its mild(er)-mannered alter ego, the Altitude is available either with a 180-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, or a 160-horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual. It comes with a backup camera and keyless entry.

 

The Altitude raises the Latitude's starting price by about $895 to $23,385, including destination, and arrives in showrooms later this month.


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