2008 Detroit Auto Show: Jeep Renegade Concept

  • Looks like: A dune buggy, plain and simple
  • Defining characteristics: Open roof, barely-there doors
  • Ridiculous features: Interchangeable rear deck lids for storing different outdoor gear, like kayaks or … water scooters?
  • Chance of being mass-produced: About the same as Britney retaining custody of her kids

Jeep’s Renegade concept takes green traveling outdoors. The dune-buggy-inspired concept features an electric-diesel hybrid engine that would bump the rock-crawler’s range to 400 miles when fully charged and filled with diesel. The company says its equivalent fuel economy would be roughly 110 mpg.

The electric motor would produce 268 hp, with another 115 hp coming from the diesel engine. Torque numbers would have to be pretty impressive, as well. Of course, there’s a 4x4 system too, to live up to the Jeep moniker.

There’s a roll bar but no roof — not even a canvas number, like a Wrangler has. Instead, Renegade owners — if it ever went on sale — would get a choice of rear deck lids they could install depending on their activities. Lids for mountain bikes, kayaks and dual water scooters are all envisioned.

Check out the photos below. 

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