Jeep has unveiled its Renegade at the Detroit auto show, an environmentally friendly 200kW diesel-electric hybrid off-roader.
Constructed of environmentally responsible materials, sustainability is a key theme of the Jeep Renegade concept, while traditional Jeep styling and off-road ability remained key design parameters too.
With elaborately flared wheel openings, oversized wheels and tyres, and cut-down speedster windscreen the Renegade has the appearance of a dune buggy gone mad.
Featuring approach and departure angles of 44- and 52-degrees respectively, off-road ability should be prodigious.
200kW electric power
Renegade features a lightweight aluminium architecture and regenerative-braking to improve overall efficiency, while dual electric 200 kilowatt motors propel a typically capable Jeep 4x4 system - complete with obligatory low range and locking differentials.
The advanced propulsion system in the Jeep Renegade concept starts with a 64 km lithium-ion battery pack. An 85kW 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder Bluetec diesel engine augments the battery pack, extending the combined drivetrain range to 640km by consuming only 2.1-litres per 100km.
Performance of the hybrid drivetrain is hardly pedestrian either with a 0-100km/h sprint time of 8.5 seconds.
Environmentally friendly construction
A no-gloss exterior colour finish of the Renegade's lightweight composite body is moulded into the panels to avoid the use of solvents present in automotive paints.
Materials used in constructing the Jeep Renegade concept were deliberately selected to be environmentally responsible, both in manufacture and end-of-vehicle-life recyclability.
Innovative construction includes one-piece moulded soy-based foam seats and doors, a one-piece moulded instrument panel with a urethane skin, a moulded aluminium/silicone steering wheel, a one-piece moulded chassis created without using environmentally-harmful resins, and a one-piece moulded interior compartment "tub".
The instrument panel features wireless electronics in sealed, self-contained units housed in a panel on an exposed cross-car beam containing an integrated power strip, and on the passenger side, yaw, pitch and roll indicators (also built into the fluid-fill gauges).
This thin multi-plane acrylic instrument cluster mounts to the steering column, while the similar but separate centre control screen mounts on a swivel base - providing easy access to both occupants. All instrument units are removable.
Renegade's wireless interior is designed to be hosed down after spirited off-road use. It features a drain in the floor, while the formations built into the floor mat are designed to channel water to the opening. Hollow-section billet-formed pedals float above the tub floor.