Anyone know if the Trailhawk edition is welcome at the Jeep Jamborees? If so, would it be limited to the trail ratings 1-3, or would it's version of 4-LO be acceptable for the higher ratings?
Foobar, some of the Jeep reps are quoted as saying they don't think the Renegade has enough torque to "take on the Rubicon". Specifically, they are talking about some big ledge type climbs.
I've had the minijeep.TV Renegade Trailhawk on some trails around Moab and can confirm this suspicion. The 20:1 crawl ratio is not quite enough to easily get you moving from a dead stop on the bottom of a _steep_ climb / ledge in stock condition in imperfect conditions.
There are many such climbs in Moab--usually a little sandy at the bottom and if there has not been a fresh rain, there is a bit of loose sand all over the slick rock. With a manual, you'd be able to get higher revs in the powerband and dump the clutch, but in Rock mode with the 9-speed it hesitates too much (and clamps the brakes on the loose wheels too quickly) so it can't build the head of steam necessary to start launching uphill.
Multiple attempts were sometimes required on hill that a transfer case equipped jeep could have idled up in Low-Low. I've run several different such vehicles on those same trails and know them well. In the Trailhawk, I was running the factory tires and would say that changing those is a must before heading back to trails with steep hill climb challenges.
With a bit of a running start (like a gradually steepening hill) it will have enough power to keep climbing (once the revs are up there nicely).
When I return to Moab, I will experiment more with other settings (perhaps sand mode which allows much more power and free spinning to the tires) to start the same climbs and of course we'll be running better tires too.
I'm sure this is a discussion people will be interested in. In my Jeep concept overview video recently posted, you can see some of the climbs I'm referring to in the 1 minute teaser at the beginning. https://youtu.be/lpisF_RrQqo
The in depth video "Moab trail report card" is coming soon. Here you'll be able to see the stuggles and successes of the minijeep on various critical terrain. Stay tuned.