The 2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk
All the features and what I like about the 2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
I have been driving the 2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk for the last week. I want to take you through all the things you get when you get behind the wheel of this little off road warrior then share my thoughts on it overall.
What you get
The 2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk I drove came powered with a 1.3 liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. This combo gives you 177 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque on tap.
Being pegged to be able to handle off road situations, the Renegade Trailhawk comes with a slew of drive modes via the Jeep Selec-Terrain system. Auto, which is basically front-wheel-drive until you need the rear to kick in, then a Snow, Sand, and Mud mode. Additionally, the Trailhawk gets an exclusive Rock mode.
To help take on whatever terrain might come its way, the Renegade Trailhawk features a bunch of skid plates to protect the important bits of the undercarriage. The 9-speed transmission, transfer case, fuel tank, and front suspension all feature some form of off road protection.
Sticking with the off road ability of the Renegade Trailhawk, along with those skid plates it has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, a hill descent control, a 21.5:1 crawl ratio, 8.1 inches of wheel articulation, and can wade in 19 inches of water.
On the creature comfort side of things, the interior of the Renegade Trailhawk comes with everything you need. It features a 7-inch display with Sirius XM, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While the driver cluster is also a 7-inch display showcasing you your normal trim counters and such while also displaying cool infographics when you switch the drive modes on the Jeep Selec-Terrain system. One of the coolest Jeep features was the removable sunroof.
The Renegade got a few upgrades in 2020. The Global Telematics Box Module is now available standard on all models which basically means that the Renegade can connect to the Internet and to a FCA-specific cloud-based Service Delivery Platform. 2020 Renegades also can now get a 9-speaker Kenwood premium audio system.
I believe if you are going to walk the path of the most off road capable trim of your product you should probably look the part and that is where the Renegade Trailhawk checks the box. Sitting next to any normal old Renegade you can tell the Trailhawk is a little special in the off road department. Maybe it is those red tow hooks or maybe those little bit more meaty Falken tires, whatever it is - it looks the part.
While it does look special, I still want that Trailhawk-name to come with a little more aggression, but that is less a gripe with the Renegade and more with "Trailhawk". Maybe a different front bumper with a big skid plate saying Trailhawk or something.
I'm not going to pretend I took the Renegade Trailhawk up a mountain, but I did test it out on my "rough " test road, essentially an unpaved "rally road". I tested it out leaving it in Auto, which like I said is basically front-wheel-drive until you need more, and then locked it in 4WD for another lap. The Renegade Trailhawk was more than up to the task of handing my test road.
Would I want to hit a real trail in this thing? Heck yeah.
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