Jeep® Introduces Two New Renegade Models

2017 Jeep® Renegade Deserthawk
2017 Jeep® Renegade Deserthawk
  • New 2017 Jeep® Renegade Deserthawk limited-edition model to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show
  • Deserthawk model, inspired by the desert’s extreme conditions, builds on Jeep Renegade’s rugged appearance and best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability
  • 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude, featuring unique ‘blacked-out’ exterior, also makes first appearance
  • Renegade Altitude available in Jeep showrooms later this month; Renegade Deserthawk available in January

November 10, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Two new Jeep® Renegade models will make their debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, providing customers with two new and unique special editions for the most capable small SUV on the market.

“These two new Jeep Renegade models help to extend our popular small SUV’s continued global success since its launch last year, and to provide customers with the choice of two distinctive and unique special editions,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “The Jeep Renegade Deserthawk takes the best-in-class capability of the Renegade Trailhawk and combines it with a unique look and additional features that include rock rails and a towing package – all inspired by the desert’s extreme conditions. For customers looking for an edgy and aggressive appearance, the Jeep Renegade Altitude offers just that, building on the popularity of the other Altitude models across the Jeep lineup.”

The new 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude model arrives in showrooms later this month, while the Renegade Deserthawk model arrives in January.

Jeep Renegade Deserthawk
The Jeep Renegade Deserthawk takes the Renegade Trailhawk’s rugged appearance and best-in-class capability a step further with exclusive features and functionality inspired by the desert – an extreme location where the legendary capability of Jeep vehicles is best expressed.

Available in Alpine White, Anvil, Black or Deserthawk-exclusive Mojave Sand, the Jeep Renegade Deserthawk features fully painted 17-inch black wheels, exclusive hood and rear body panel decals, rock rails and Trailer Tow Group. Inside, the Renegade Deserthawk features an exclusive interior with black leather seats, Light Frost stitching and accents, all-weather floor mats and cargo tray mat.

The Jeep Renegade Deserthawk, like the Renegade Trailhawk, delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability with standard Jeep Active Drive Low with 20:1 crawl ratio; Selec-Terrain system with exclusive Rock mode; 8.7 inches of ground clearance; skid plates; signature red front and rear tow hooks; up to 8.1 inches of wheel articulation; Hill-descent Control; up to 19 inches of water fording; and up to 2,000-lb. towing capacity. The Renegade Deserthawk comes standard with a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, ParkView rear backup camera and 7-inch full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display.

Arriving at dealer showrooms in January 2017, the Jeep Renegade Deserthawk limited edition will be available for a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $28,140.

Jeep Renegade Altitude
Joining the other Altitude models across the Jeep lineup, the 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude features a unique “blacked-out” look with a distinct, aggressive flair. Available in all exterior colors, the Jeep Renegade Altitude features 18-inch Gloss Black wheels with Gloss Black accents around the exterior, including the front and rear badges, grille rings and tail lamp rings.

Inside, the Renegade special edition’s blacked-out theme continues with a black interior, black premium cloth seats and High Gloss Black finishes. Metal Diamond accents are found throughout on key touch points, such as the shifter knob and door handles.

The Jeep Renegade Altitude, based on the Renegade Latitude model, is available with either a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, or a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine with a six-speed manual transmission. The Renegade Altitude comes with a variety of standard features, including ParkSense rear backup camera and Keyless Go.

Arriving at dealer showrooms later this month, the Jeep Renegade Altitude model will be available starting at $22,390 U.S. MSRP.

Jeep Renegade
The Jeep Renegade delivers a unique combination of best-in-class, off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission that contributes to outstanding on-road and off-road driving dynamics, two fuel-efficient engines, world-class refinement and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings. The 2017 Jeep Renegade starts at $17,995 MSRP (not including destination).

2017 Jeep® Renegade Limited
2017 Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk
2017 Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk
2017 Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk
2017 Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk

Jeepspeed Racers Prove, It’s Not Over Until It’s Over At Silver State 300

General Tire Jeepspeed Silver State 300, KMC Wheels, Premier Automotive

Jeepspeed Racers Prove, It’s Not Over Until It’s Over At Silver State 300

Alamo, NV
If there is one thing that characterizes the level of competition in the General Tire Jeepspeed Desert Race Series presented by KMC Wheels and Premier Chrysler-Jeep, it’s the famous Yogi Berra saying, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over. Like the Best In The Desert Silver State 300 course that climbs and drops over mountains and through valleys, Jeepspeed racers swapped the lead back and forth throughout the race. It’s amazing that a racing series that draws such a diverse field of vehicles can produce such parity and competition. 13 Jeepspeed Challenge Class 1700 entries entered the Silver State 300; one Wrangler, ten Cherokees, one Grand Cherokee, and the first short wheelbase Comanche Pickup truck.
Bob Mamer, Jeepspeed, Jeep Comanche, Silver State 300

At first glance, the #1707 entry of Perry Coan and Skyler Gambrell looked like a sure winner. Both drivers have a ton of racing success. They were in good equipment and they started on the pole. Despite losing a brake caliper early on, at mile 290 of 304 they looked like a sure bet to win. At race mile 290.5 they were out with a sheared sector shaft on the steering box. To add insult to injury, the shaft broke nearly flush with the housing; denying the crafty Gambrell from using vise grips or whittling a new pitman arm from a fallen cactus; like you would expect from him.

Jeepspeed, Perry Coan, Skyler Gambrell, General Tire, KMC Wheels

Race winner Rick Randall was up and down the order all day. He started in 11th place and charged through the dust to take the lead after pit 3. He got stuck in the silt allowing Gambrell to pass. After extracting themselves, they chased and caught Gambrell. As they pulled out to pass, they slammed a boulder, killing the left front tire. They changed the tire without losing a position and resumed their chase of Gambrell who was leading. Then they clipped a rock on the right rear causing another flat. When they discovered the lug socket went missing somewhere so they used a trusty crescent wrench on the lug nuts. The stop allowed Rob Seubert to get by dropping them to third. They passed Rob back as he sat on the side of the course a few miles later; they were back in second. “We decided to take it easy and settle for 2nd,” Said Randall, “As we made our way through the silt and Joshua trees towards the finish we were very surprised to see the 1707 parked off of the course.  Skyler gave us the thumbs up so we headed for the finish. We heard over the radio that Tim Martin was coming up behind us and we had to push it a little to beat him to the finish.  It felt good to win the race after making so many mistakes as a driver.” The win makes it two in a row for Randall racing.

Rick Randall, Jeepspeed, KC Hilites, General Tire, BInk Designs

“We had a good race but a little incident nearly cost us everything,” Said Tim Martin, “We were going back and forth with Seubert when he passed us. We came into a left to right corner and we missed the right. We went off course and were stuck on a ledge. 1771, (Korbet Krough and Jesse Stowell) gave us a tug off the ledge so we could continue.” Tim spent the rest of the race battling thick dust, trees and deep ruts in the silt beds. At one point he got crossed up in the deep ruts caused by the unlimited trucks and the Cherokee shot off course into the desert. As they kept moving they passed several competitors stopped on the course.  “There are so many fast guys in this class anyone can win,” says Martin, “My pit crew is my wife, kids and anyone who will lend a hand. We were happy to finish third but when we passed Skyler we knew we had second. This is my best finish to date. I’m looking forward to Vegas to Reno.” An interesting side note is that the Randall Racing crew built the engine in Tim Martin’s truck.

Tim Martin, Jeepspeed, Jeep Cherokee, JAZ Products

In third place was points leader Garrett Allred. He was dicing with Dylan Cochran through the trees when he clipped a boulder and flipped his Grand Cherokee onto the side. In an amazing act of sportsmanship, Cochran stopped and helped Allred back onto 4 wheels. “We would not be on the podium without their help,” said Allred, “We were overheating all day; the temperature did not want to go below 240. Then we had the roll. We got stuck in a silt bed but Best in the Desert was right there to pull us out. We really wanted a podium so I was on it; working the truck super hard. We stopped in the pits to tighten a ball joint; that’s when Martin passed us. Then Seubert went down, Gambrell went down, we ended up on the podium. Despite the day we had with all the problems, I can’t complain. I can’t even explain what a good feeling it is to be on the podium. I should buy Cochran a muffin basket or something for pulling us back over.” The podium finish keeps the rookie Allred in the points lead.

Garrett Allred, Silver State 300, General Tire, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Off Road

We were having a great battle through the trees when we came around a corner and they went on their side,” said Dylan Cochran about Allred’s roll, “We are friends with Garrett’s co-driver Ken Stahlman so we stopped. He was in a bad spot; we’ve been there before so I know how stressful it is. We passed those guys back and forth all day. At mile 240 we lost the rear track bar. I had to limp it in for 5th place.”

Dylan Cochran, Jeepspeed, Bink Designs, Off Road Racing, Jeep

In 4th place was Mike Bragg. He drove a solid race. While others dropped out or got stuck, he kept moving up through the field. “We had the 4×4 shift lever come loose, my co-driver had to hang onto it until we made it to pit 3,” said Bragg, “We stuck it in 4×4 and pulled the lever off. We got stuck 6 or 7 times here last year so we converted the front end to four wheel drive and added G2 gears in our Currie 9” and Dana 44 differential. We got stuck 6 or 7 times here last year so we converted the front end to four wheel drive. We were down on power so I had to keep downshifting. It turned out that we lost a header collector bolt that affected the O2 sensor. We just kept picking guys off all day. We came up on that uphill silt bed; I side-hilled it and passed two guys right there. We made easy passes like that all day.”

Mike Bragg, General Tire, Jeepspeed, Silver State 300, Currie Enterprises, Bink Designs

In Jeepspeed Cup Class 3700, Bob Mamer was sole survivor in his turbo charged Comanche. “We had a plan to take it easy until pit 5; especially after we heard about our friend Justin Lofton’s big crash while we were in staging,” said Mamer, “We had vapor lock issues that caused the motor to die. It got a little scary in the mountains. We stopped and tried a couple things but it continued. It started to die on the wooden bridge and we didn’t think we would make it across. We played with the fuel pumps and all of a sudden it was running good. Then it was running great. From then on it was a lot of fun. We heard others in our class had problems so we played it smart and it all worked out. We had no flats all day!”

Bob Mamer, Jeep Comanche, Off Road, Bink Designs, Siltbed

The competition seen in the Jeepspeed series would not be possible without the sponsors of the series that include General TireKMC Wheels; now the Official Wheel of Jeepspeed; taking over from their sister brand ATX. The Wheel Pros Group has sponsored Jeepspeed for more than 10 years now.Premier Chrysler Jeep is the Official Jeep Dealer and Presenting Sponsor of the Jeepspeed Desert Racing Series’. Currie Enterprises returns as the Official Axle of Jeepspeed. King Shocks are the Official Shock of Jeepspeed. G2 Axle & Gear is the Official Gear supplier of Jeepspeed. Rubicon Express is the Official Suspension of Jeepspeed. Three out of the top five finishers were running Rubicon Express suspension. SmittyBilt is the Official Off Road Equipment supplier of Jeepspeed.PAC Springs is the Official Spring of Jeepspeed and KC HiLites is the Official Light of Jeepspeed.

Jeepspeed Official Suppliers continue to be a vital part of our teams’ success also and a huge asset to the Jeepspeed series. Approved supporters and product suppliers also include Rock Krawler Racing DevelopmentsSynergy Mfg., JAZ Fuel CellsPoly Performance and Howe Performance Steering.

*In order to ensure close points throughout the initial year of the KMC Jeepspeed Wrangler Trophy there will be bonus points in addition to the normal Jeepspeed race points at Silver State 300 and Parker Blue Water Challenge. Points are as follows:

Race 1 / Mint 400 – No bonus.

Race 2 / Silver State 300  50 bonus start points. Plus class podium bonus, 50 bonus points for a class win. 25 bonus points for a class 2nd. 10 bonus points for a class 3rd.

Race 3 / Parker Blue Water Challenge – This is a two day race. 50 bonus points for starting each day, plus the class podium points bonus each day. Wrangler competitors do not have to enter all three races.  The Wrangler Trophy winner will be driver who amasses most points at any of these three races.

Jeepspeed Challenge Class 1700 points after the Silver State 300.
1. Allred 304 pts
2. Bragg 292
3. Seubert 286
4. Cochran 282
5. Hoffman 280
6. Randall 266
7. Martin 228.

Jeepspeed Cup Class 3700 points after the Silver State 300.
1. Mamer 271 pts

The next event will be August 13-15 when they race from Vegas to Reno, the longest off-road race in the United States.

Photography By: Bink Designs

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About Jeepspeed
The Jeepspeed series is a competitive, cost effective series that has pitted Jeep vehicles against each other on challenging desert courses since 2001. Unlike the more expensive spec racing classes, there is no obligation to purchase your race vehicle or parts from the series organizer. You build your own vehicle the way you like as long as it fits within the rules. Jeepspeed offers the most fun and closest racing in the desert today. Jeepspeed series is supported by General TireKMC Wheels,Premier Chrysler & JeepKC HilitesCurrie EnterprisesKing ShocksRubicon ExpressG2 Axle & GearSmittybiltPAC Racing SpringsRock Krawler Racing DevelopmentsSynergy MfgPoly Performance & Howe Performance.

About General Tire
For 100 years General Tire has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road and commercial tires to meet all your needs. General Tire is a proud supporter of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, Best in the Desert Racing Series, Major League Fishing, Chili Bowl, Pro-Pulling, Late-Model Dirt Series, Drag Boat Series, World Cup of Softball, American Sprint Car Series, Tour, Zero One Odyssey, and Spec Tire of Trophylite and JeepSpeed. Team GT supports off-road and short course teams including Mikey Childress, CJ Hutchins, Doug Fortin, Harley Letner, Jim Riley, Macrae Glass, Randy Merritt, Ray Griffith, Ryan Beat, Carl Renezeder, Robby Woods and Camburg Racing.

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About KMC Wheels
Founded in 1982, KMC has a 30-year legacy of delivering quality aftermarket and off-road wheels at competitive prices. KMC is a Wheel Pros brand. Wheel Pros products are sold worldwide in more than 20 countries on four continents and through a U.S. network of more than 25,000 authorized dealers. It is one of the world’s largest suppliers of branded custom wheels, performance tires and related accessories for cars, SUVs and light trucks. KMC Wheels Like no other.

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Parker 425 Extreme for Jeepspeed Racers

General Tire Jeepspeed Parker 425, KMC Wheels

Parker 425 Extreme for Jeepspeed Racers

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Parker, AZ

The definition of extreme reads: highest in intensity or degree. The General Tire Jeepspeed racing series saw some drastic extremes during the season opening Best in the Desert Parker 425 in Parker, Arizona. Probably the most extreme was the condition of the course. On the first lap, it was fairly typical for Parker; deep sand, big rocks and miles of whoops. As the laps clicked off, the course got much worse. The unlimited cars and trucks would run three laps compared to two for the less exotic Jeepspeed Challenge and Jeepspeed Cup trucks. As the Jeepspeed racers headed out on their second lap, the course was actually three times worse. Attrition was high in every class as were the stories of shattered wheels, flat tires and suspension parts torn from their chassis. The Jeepspeed field included 19 class 1700 Jeepspeed Challenge trucks and 5 Class 3700 Jeepspeed Outlaws. Only ten from the original 24 would finish.

The simple, easy to comply with rules in the Jeepspeed series, that allow you to build your own vehicle, have produced an evenly matched yet diverse field of vehicles. Like the vehicles they race, the competitors themselves are equally as diverse. Take the two class winners at Parker. Class 3700 Jeepspeed Outlaws was won by Billy Bunch. Bunch has numerous wins and championships having raced in the Jeepspeed series since its inception. Bunch continues to be very competitive at 71 years of age.

Billy Bunch, Jeepspeed, General Tire, KMC Wheels

The Class 1700 Jeepspeed Challenge winner was 18 year old rookie Garett Allred driving in his first race. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Allred was driving is four years older than he is. The Cherokee is new to him but not to his father Brad. Brad used to race years ago and spent time working for and racing with the legendary Don-A-Vee Jeep racing team. When Brad and his wife were expecting their child, Brad retired from racing to raise his son. Fast forward to 2015 and the younger Allred is ready to go 4 wheel racing after spending years competing on bikes. They go looking for a truck to race and find the Cherokee affectionately called “old grand dad” by the most recent driver Skyler Gambrell. In an incredible twist of fate, the elder Allred had a hand in building “Old Grand Dad” when he worked at Don-A-Vee 20 years earlier.

Garett Allred, Parker 425, KC Hilites, General Tire, Jeepspeed

“I’m so happy my son can start his racing career behind the wheel of the same Jeep,” said Brad, “Garett drove the first lap with me riding and then our other partner in the team Ken Stahlman got in to drive the second lap. Ken is the “K” in GBK racing. The course was really rough but we had a good clean run. On the second lap it was real torn up and the rocks were coming up. It worked in our favor because we wanted to run a consistent pace. I was a little concerned Garett might over drive the Jeep but he was very smooth. We had a great back and forth battle with the guys in the black HK Construction Jeep, (Kyle Gieselmann). We finally got past them on the second lap and didn’t see them after that. This was a great way to start the year; hope we stay on the podium all season.”

It was a race of extremes for second place Jeepspeed Challenge finisher Rob Seubert too. The defending 2014 champion started second and was in the lead after a few miles. That’s when the track bar on the front end broke. “At around the 10 mile mark the track bar came apart,” said Rob, “We really struggled to get the spare mounted; having to trim some of the bushing with a pocket knife. By the time we were on the move again, the entire field had passed us and was long gone. We passed a lot of jeeps pulled over with issues. 1717, (Dylan Cochran) had a wheel fall off right in front of us. It caused us, (and two trick trucks) to take a detour around a hill.  We feel fortunate to net a second place finish given the position we were in at the first pit stop. We are pleased with the start of our season.”

Rob Seubert, General Tire, Off Road Racing, Jeepspeed, Poly Performance

Third place Mike Bragg got off to a slow start. They made it all the way to the midway pit before the crew was able to trace down a loose plug wire at the distributor. They then hit a pipe sticking out of the ground that damaged one of his KMC wheels. “We heard on the radio that we were running third and then saw Randall pulled off to the side putting us in second,” said Bragg, “We were on the last lap when the brakes started locking up. We stopped to bleed them, that’s when Seubert went past us. It was exciting to have so many entries. It’s fun to race against a lot of trucks; especially when it’s so competitive. The new passing rules for the unlimited cars worked really well; I never got nerfed once.” Mike used to race in class 8 but came to Jeepspeed for the tougher competition.

Mike Bragg, General TIre, KC Hilites, Premier Automotive, Synergy Suspension, Bink Designs

At the other end of the extreme was Jeepspeed Outlaws Class 3700 second place finisher Jason Mack. He had nearly a trouble free day in his Chevy small block V8 powered Cherokee. “It was tough getting the truck ready for the race but we had a great day; no flats to our General Grabbers,” said Jason, “Our radio was out so we had no idea we were even running up front. If I had known we were in the hunt for a win I would have stepped it up a notch.”

Jason Mack, KMC Wheels, Parker 425, Bink Designs, General Tire Grabbers

Third place in 3700 was Bob Mamer who followed Mack and Bunch into the finish. Fourth place went to the big bad 3750 class Dodge of Tom Barnett.

Bob Mamer, Best In The Desert, Baja Pits, General Tire, Jeep Comanche

Whether it’s Jason Mack, Garett Allred or Cole Seiber, Jeepspeed is full of fast rookies this year. The youngest of the bunch is 15 year old Cole Seiber of Parker, Arizona. Cole was right in the mix too; finishing 4th in Jeepspeed Challenge class 1700.

Cole Sieber, Jeepspeed, King Shocks, Howe Performance

These drivers have figured out that Jeepspeed racing is the best way to get their off-road racing careers started. Strong support from sponsors and the ability to build your own vehicle makes it affordable, competitive and exciting. Sponsors of the series include General TireKMC Wheels; now the Official Wheel of Jeepspeed; taking over from their sister brand ATX. The Wheel Pros Group has sponsored Jeepspeed for more than 10 years now. Premier Chrysler Jeep is the Official Jeep Dealer and Presenting Sponsor of the Jeepspeed Desert Racing Series’. Currie Enterprises returns as the Official Axle of Jeepspeed. King shocks are the Official Shock of Jeepspeed. G2 Axle & Gear is the Official Gear supplier of Jeepspeed. Rubicon Express is the Official Suspension of Jeepspeed. (Winner Garett Allred and third place finisher Mike Bragg were both racing on the Rubicon express, long arm suspension). SmittyBilt is the Official Off Road Equipment supplier of Jeepspeed. PAC Springs is the Official Spring of Jeepspeed and KC HiLites is the Official Light of Jeepspeed. Jeepspeed Official Suppliers continue to be a vital part of our teams’ success also and a huge asset to the Jeepspeed series. Approved supporters and product suppliers also include Rock Krawler Racing DevelopmentsSynergy Mfg., Jaz Fuel CellsPoly Performance and Howe Performance.

Photography and Press Release By: Bink Designs