Each year at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, Jeep brings out a few one-off concepts to show off both the brand’s possible future products and some of the company’s accessories.
The Renegade Commander concept is in the latter group. Basically just a bone-stock Renegade with off-the-shelf Mopar and Jeep Performance parts, the Commander shows what owners can do with their own Renegades to make them more off-road worthy.
The Commander starts with a Renegade Trailhawk and adds a two-inch lift and 17-inch wheels from the Wrangler Rubicon shod with 29.5-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires. The only other mods that make the Commander earn its “concept” status is special paint called Fluorescent Gray, which mates a light gray paint with fluorescent green trim and hood graphic.
Basically, though, that’s it. Apart from a few interior bits, the Commander is the same mechanically as a Renegade.It has the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic as its non-concept brethren.
The Renegade is already a pretty capable off-road crossover, especially in Trailhawk trim. The addition of the lift kit and the larger tires makes the Commander a bear off road. But even with the upgraded off road ability, it still drives like a regular Renegade, so it won’t be a penalty box on the road.
TFLcar’s Nathan Adlen was at the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari and had a chance to drive the Commander concept around the Moab wilderness. Check out the full video below, and think about this: would you raid the Mopar parts catalog and build your own Renegade Commander? Start the conversation in the comments below.