Friday, October 28, 2016
13 Reasons Why the Jeep Renegade is the Cheekiest Crossover, Ever
The Jeep Renegade is probably the cheekiest car I’ve ever tested and it’s proof that Americans (with a little help from the Italians, of course) can make a car with more interesting design details than all the other competitors in its class put together. And while I’ll be reserving my verdict on the Renegade for another time (I have almost a week of seat time left), I just can’t help but share the excitement with all of you.
So here are 13 hidden design details or Easter Eggs, if you will, that you may have missed in the 2016 Jeep Renegade.
1. Jeep Grille and Jerry Can for Taillights
The square taillights of the Renegade not only nod to the brand’s roots as a symbol of freedom during World War II, but it also nicely incorporates the Jeep logo in there.
2. Willy’s Jeep on the Windshield
Oh hey, that’s the original Jeep climbing up the “rugged terrain” of the front windshield.
3. “No Step” on the Side Plate
Too thick to be regular running boards, but too thin to be step boards, Jeep decided to play with the design idea and put an aircraft-type “No Step” marking there.
4. Spider in the Fuel Tank
You don’t find yourself smiling whenever you refuel a car, but the Renegade is an exception. Open the fuel filler and you’ll see this little spider greeting you with: Ciao Baby! With the Renegade assembled alongside the Fiat 500X, it makes sense for Jeep to play around with a little Italian.
5. Rearview Mirror Jeep Grille
That unsightly rear-view mirror housing (that’s also home to the Renegade’s myriad of sensors) is made more fun with the inclusion of the 7-slat Jeep grille.
6. More Jeep Grille on the Speakers
Apart from being finished in a nice, contrasting color to brighten up the cabin, there’s yet more logo work here too.
7. Mud on the Tachometer
Not exactly hidden, but Jeep played around with the Renegade’s redline by applying a mud-like pattern as opposed to the usual red lines or numerals.
8. Moab’s on the Map
If you find the time to look at the center console bin, look at this nifty rubber tray. Apart from housing your mobile phone or lose change, it’s also molded with a map of a trail in Moab, Utah. It’s placed there because it’s a natural habitat for the go-anywhere Jeeps.
9. Jerry Cans for Cup Holders
While not storing a cup of Starbucks Latte or whatever your preferred drink, the holders are fashioned like jerry cans. Oh, and they’re lit too.
10. Jeep Logo in the Hatch Panel
The biggest Jeep logo is actually found inside of the rear hatch panel.
11. It’s Bigfoot
While you’re staring at the Jeep logo at the back, don’t miss out on this one. This one is very small and it’s very easy to miss (I actually had to Google it for confirmation). But you can see Bigfoot or Sasquatch climbing up the mountain that’s also the rear wiper mechanism.
12. Jeep on the Seats
Arriving with standard leather seats, the Renegade is proud of its place in the Jeep family by having the famous logo debossed there for the entire world to see.
13. “Since 1941”
Found also in other Jeeps such as the Wrangler, the “Since 1941” mark indicates the birth year of the original Willy’s Jeep. It must be remembered that over 16,000 Jeeps were made to serve the US army during World War II.
Do you think I missed some more Easter Eggs on the Jeep Renegade? Let me know by commenting below, and we’ll try to add them up here.