Before the Renegade there was the Jeep Wrangler Renegade. This visual oddity existed thanks to an option package that added a boatload of equipment to a standard Wrangler. Jeep offered the trim package from 1991-1994. It was an expensive package too. That’s because Jeep didn’t actually install the extra goodies. They hired an outside company to do it for them. And they charged customers roughly $4,000 to make it possible. That’s an absurd figure that represented almost 30% of the Jeep’s base MSRP. Obviously, at least one person paid for it. They also seem to have taken great care to preserve it too.
In an alternative universe Jeep built vehicles primarily designed for driving over sand dunes at speed and this Renegade was the norm instead of a notable outlier.. Even a story that involves said Jeep making its way to our reality via a wormhole or some kind of experimental technology sounds a bit more believable than what actually happened.
To recap: For several years, Jeep offered a cosmetic focused option package that added inflated the price of a Wrangler by about 30 percent. Adjusted for inflation, the “Renegade Decor Group” cost about $7,500. I cannot think of any mainstream vehicle on the market today that offers a similar package at that price. Automakers charge about $10,000 to put a diesel engine in their heavy duty trucks, but that’s a bit of an apples to oranges comparison. Generally, an appearance packages adds about $2,000 to $3,000 more to the price.
But that’s not how Jeep rolled in the 90s. You want a Wrangler uniquely unsuited to off-roading? Well here you go! Fender flares from front to back! A useless side step! This is one strange Jeep.
But you know what? This package isn’t nearly that ridiculous once you discover what Jeep included. Fender flares aside, many of these options are quite useful. Power steering, a leather wrapped steering wheel, carpeted floors, and a center console with cupholders? Those are options most Jeep owners would probably want in their vehicles. Jeep also bundled the 4.0 liter I-6 with every Renegade, which increased the value proposition by quite a bit.
That window sticker does not belong to our featured Jeep. Fortunately, the ad details what other options are on this Renegade. This is a five speed manual Renegade with the optional “full” doors and factory hard top.
Given the low miles, it’s not surprising that the cabin is just as spotless as the exterior. This Jeep definitely called a garage home for the vast majority of its life.
When I watched Doug DeMuro cover the Renegade nearly two years ago, I wondered why anyone would order such an oddly optioned Wrangler. I get it now. This was a surprisingly well equipped model for buyers who knew their Wrangler would never leave the pavement, an admission that allowed them to order something with a bit more visual flair.
At $22,500, this Renegade isn’t cheap. But it’s rare. And that has value. Beyond that, it’s clearly in showroom condition. There can’t be many of these things left. Here’s to hoping its next owner keeps that in mind.
Source: HV cragislist