The 2015 Renegade Trailhawk features one of the most hard-core off-roader badges of Jeep. The “Trailhawk” name do not respond to any living bird out there, but it represents a brief but exciting history in the Jeep lineup. Back to 2007, the company announced a concept car under that name. Later, both Cherokee and Grand Cherokee models featured trims with this badge, indicating high off-road proficiencies.
A unique design and an affordable price tag make this crossover attention-worthy. There are plenty of interesting details about it that we all should know. One of the most practical and smart choices when it comes about of an off-roader.
Let’s take a deep look to the 2015 Renegade Trailhawk.
Drivetrain and Specs
The 2015 Renegade Trailhawk packs an SOHC 16-valve 2.4 L inline-4, named by the carmaker as the Tigershark. This engine is capable of producing up to 180 hp at 6400 RPM and 175 lb-ft of maximum torque at 3900 RPM. Along the power plant, we found a 9-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting. Regarding the transmission, is where some have complained. The most appropriate gearbox for an off-roader is, without a doubt, a manual one. It doesn’t matter how good is the automatic one installed, the manual transmission is always going to be more fun and capable.
With this layout, the 2015 Renegade Trailhawk can go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 9.2 seconds. The fuel efficiency is quite good, rated at 21 mpg for the city and 29 for the highway.
The Active Drive Low platform improves traction, transmission, and suspension for enhanced performance on any terrain. The Selec-Terrain system goes further in terms of traction and torque distribution. This model is 0.8 inches taller in comparison with other Renegade models. This factor has changed in order to achieve a more dynamic articulation.
According to Jeep, the 2015 Renegade Trailhawk can beat any other model with the same badge, mainly in terms of handling and off-road skills. The use for the city isn’t quite good or proper. When this crossover hits the highway, the transmission feels far away from its true habitat. The slow acceleration will make it notice to everyone. Also, the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain tires wrapping 17-inch black wheels could be too noisy some users.
Unique and Fascinating Design for the New Renegade Trailhawk
The 2015 Renegade Trailhawk has a unique and amusing design, which put this crossover wide apart from past generations. But, this revamps process didn’t make the Renegade to lost its off-road capacities during the transition. The immortal grille still there while the rounded headlights throw us to the past. Plenty of black elements makes a great contrast with the effervescent paint jobs available.
The interior looks durable and made with high-quality materials. The entire design is curvy but tough. The console, climate control outlets, and the audio system’s grilles feature details in bright red, making a great combo with the overall black. The nav system with Uconnect Access platform will be optional in a single package.
Heated seats and steering wheel are optional too, as many other interesting but not vital features. The 3581 lb (1624 lb) crossover provides plenty of comfort for being a hard-core off-roader. Specialized media ensures that the optional packages available are exactly that, optional. A base model could be fully enjoyed without major inconvenient.
The Bottom Line
The 2015 Renegade Trailhawk is a committed off-road crossover, and that involves serious upside downs when other use is being implied. Buyers must know this because they could complain. It is also important to know that the Wrangler still beats it in terms of off-road capacities.
The base price starts at US$26.990.