What is it? Jeep slots the Renegade trim level between the existing Sport and Limited models. The exterior is distinguished with a black vinyl-covered hood, fog lamps, tow hooks, and 16-inch wheels. The wheel flares, lower side sills, front and rear fascia, and side moldings have a dark, neutral finish. The Renegade will be available in an exclusive Salsa Red paint, along with black, blue, green, silver, and white.
The cabin features new cloth seats and driftwood accents. Leather trim is applied to the center console, steering wheel, shift knob, and dash grab handle.
As with all Liberty models, the Renegade is powered by a 3.7-liter V6. The Renegade trim level includes the Selec-Trac II four-wheel-drive system that can automatically choose the drive mode or have the mode be driver selected.
What is new or notable? Familiar name returns to the Liberty line with a new rugged-meets-sporty exterior package.
CRs take: Based on the unimpressive Dodge Nitro, the Jeep Liberty is among the very lowest scoring vehicles we have tested. Reliability is below average, and the V6 is both lethargic and thirsty. The Renegade trim offers a visually distinctive variation, but it does not add real substance to the model.
When will it be available? First quarter 2010.