Jeep's recruited a sandboarder to launch the Desert Hawk. How lifestyle.
Following on from Jeep’s popular Night Eagle and Dawn of Justice versions, the American carmaker has launched a new limited edition variant of its popular Renegade compact SUV.
Designed to enhance the Renegade's striking design, the new Desert Hawk version takes the Renegade Trailhawk’s rugged appearance and enhanced off-road capability a step further with exclusive features and functionality. UK buyers will have to be quick though, as this model is limited to just 100 examples.
Available in Alpine White, Anvil, Black or – exclusive to Desert Hawk – Mojave Sand, the Renegade Desert Hawk features 17-inch Low Gloss Black wheels plus exclusive bonnet and rear body panel decals.
Standard specification for the Renegade Desert Hawk sees it powered by Jeep’s 170hp, 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Pricing starts at £28,995 on the road.
Inside, the car comes with exclusive-design seats in black leather and fabric – the seat base features a Moab desert map logo as part of its desert-themed branding – with electric lumbar support for the driver. There is also a leather wrapped steering wheel, dual zone climate control, DAB UConnect radio with 6.5-inch touchscreen, Live services, Bluetooth and satnav, seven-inch full-colour display and cruise control.
In keeping with the car’s ‘extreme’ desert theme, Jeep chose it with the help of one of the UK’s top sandboarders on Braunton Burrows sand dune, North Devon.
British board-rider and instructor Alex Bird helped mark the launch by becoming the first participant in his sport to be towed by a car in the UK. Alex reached speeds of 40mph and negotiated several rail stunts, jumps and 90-feet sand banks.
Commenting on the experience, Alex said: “I’ve never done anything like that before. It took time to get used to being towed at such speeds but I do a lot of wakeboarding and it was principally very similar. The car performed incredibly well on such deep sand; if it wasn’t so good off-road there is no way I could have got up to 40mph and nailed the jumps and stunts.”