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Only 100 examples of new Desert Hawk available in the UK

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Jeep has unveiled a limited-edition version of its Renegade SUV, with only 100 examples being allocated to the UK.

The Renegade Desert Hawk is the latest in a line of limited-production Renegade models, following the previous Night Eagle and Dawn of Justice versions.

Read more Jeep news, reviews and features at The Car Expert

Based upon the Renegade Trailhawk model, the Desert Hawk specification includes design features inspired by the desert and is available in a unique Mojave Sand colour, as well as in white, anvil grey and black. It features gloss black 17-inch alloy wheels and unique body decals.

Inside, a Moab desert map logo features on the base of the black leather-and-fabric seats. Other features of the interior include dual-zone climate control, DAB digital radio with 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, satnav and cruise control.

The Renegade Desert Hawk demonstrated its off-road capabilities by towing Alex Bird, a British sandboard rider and instructor, at speeds of 40mph through a series of stunts and tricks on the Braunton Barrows sand dune in North Devon.

New Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk tows sandboarder Alex Bird
Only 100 examples of the new Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk will be available to buy in the UK.

The Renegade Desert Hawk is powered by a 170hp 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Jeep claims the Renegade Trailhawk delivers best-in-class off-roading performance. The Selec-Terrain selectable 4WD system includes a Sand mode as well as an exclusive Rock mode, an 8.7-inch ground clearance, hill descent control and 19-inch water fording. A 20:1 crawl ratio is available through the standard Active Drive low system.

The Renegade is the most popular model in the Jeep range, with more than 11,000 vehicles sold in the UK in 2016. Renegade Desert Hawk pricing starts at £28,995 on-road and is available to order now.

Read more Jeep news, reviews and features at The Car Expert

The new Desert Hawk tows Alex Bird across Braunton Barrows sand dune.
The Desert Hawk follows the previous Night Eagle and Dawn of Justice limited editions in the Jeep Renegade range.

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Katharine Morgan
Katharine Morgan
Katharine was a contributor to both The Car Expert and The Van Expert, and is now Motorsport & Automotive Press Officer for Goodwood.