During the recent Geneva Motor Show Jeep showed off a new concept vehicle called the Renegade Hard Steel. Jeep often creates some of the most compelling concept vehicles in the automotive industry. Most are fully-functional and are driven through extreme terrain as a demonstration of how serious the brand is about off-road utility. But there are exceptions.
It’s easy to see where the name “Hard Steel” comes from, considering the concept wears a brushed steel-like paint job. The exterior also has some matte black pieces like the bumpers and rocker panels for variety. Even more compelling is the small trailer the Renegade pulls along. It looks like the rear end of the Renegade, complete with the fuel door.
Jeep got together with Mopar and FCA Style Center to create the custom Renegade and trailer. They used a Renegade Trailhawk for the concept, and even added some brushed steel accent trim pieces to the interior. Adding to the unique nature of the Jeep is lead-colored Frau Century leather upholstery that has been worn for a more rustic feel.
The trailer has some nice touches to it. The front features an embossed Jeep grille outline and round headlights. It’s not exactly the type of thing anyone would haul out to the middle of nowhere in an attempt to get in touch with nature, considering that the top swings up to show off a large touchscreen. The display did serve a practical purpose for the show, helping show off new in-vehicle Internet services that are launching for the European market.
It doesn’t seem likely that the Renegade Hard Steel will be heading for production ever, but it is fun to look at. Someone could create their own version of the vehicle using a Renegade salvage with front-end damage, and maybe even make it worthy of off-road excursions.