Ever since the original Jeep got its discharge papers from the U.S. Army, the various owners of the Jeep brand have been trying to find new shapes and uses for the Jeep name beyond military life Before World War II ended, a designer for Jeep builder Willys-Overland came up with a sketch of a two-seat roadster that became the Jeepster.
Through the decades, other experiments have followed — Comanche, Commando, later Commander and Liberty. And today, Jeep's owner Fiat-Chrysler revealed it's first original attempt at a new Jeep, one built with U.S. engineering and Italian assembly for world consumption. Meet the 2015 Jeep Renegade.
Sized for the small SUV market — checking in a wee bit larger than the Nissan Juke — the Renegade uses an all-new chassis design meant to accommodate vehicles with four wheel drive. In the past, chassis like these have been the downfall of Jeep spinoffs, offering a compromised off-road performance while still carrying the weight and efficiency penalty that every trail-riding truck must.