The new Jeep Renegade Trailhawk may seem a tad peculiar, given the whole purpose of the Jeep Renegade is to attract a new breed of compact SUV buyers that may not necessarily put off-roading ability high-up on the buying criteria. Clearly, however, Jeep felt strongly enough about its ability that even its baby-SUV gets a Trailhawk variant.

Jeep says its Renegade Trailhawk will offer best-in-class off-road capability.

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Jeep will offer two 4x4 systems for the Renegade range, both of which can put all engine torque to any wheel.

The standard Jeep Active Drive full-time 4x4 system will be available in non-Trailhawk 4x4 models while the Jeep Active Drive Low full-time 4x4 system for the Trailhawk takes that a step further with a 20:1 crawl ratio.

The Jeep Renegade also gets a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU), a first for the segment, which is claimed to help improve fuel economy while keeping its off-roading ability intact.

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Jeep says the system instantly engages when 4x4 traction is needed. Both four-wheel drive systems make use of Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system, with five modes available (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus Rock mode on the Trailhawk model).

The hardcore Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 model takes the off-roading ability further than any SUV in its segment, with skid plates, and red front and rear tow hooks, unique fascias that allow a 30.5 degree approach, 25.7 degree breakover and 34.3 degree departure angles.

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The Trailhawk rides on 17-inch all-terrain tyres with up to 205mm of wheel articulation teamed with 220mm of ground clearance. It can manage up to 480mm of water fording and tow up to 1500 kg when combined with the MultiJet II diesel engine (although that won't be available in Australia) and 907 kg towing capability with 2.4-liter Tigershark engine and the available tow package.