It hasn't been used for a Jeep model since the late '90s.
For a long time, there were rumors that Jeep was planning to revive the iconic Jeepster moniker. The Jeepster name was first used by Willys-Overland back in 1948 for a passenger car that was designed to appeal to the masses. Production of the original Jeepster ended just two years later in 1950 before the name was later revived in 1966 for the C-101 Jeepster Commando, which stayed in production until 1972.
This was the last time a production model adopted the Jeepster name, although Jeep teased its return in 1998 when it presented the Jeepster Concept. Over 20 years later, the Jeepster name is finally making a comeback - but not the way we were expecting. Rather than being the name of a new standalone model, Mopar Insiders reports a new special-edition version of the 2020 Jeep Renegade will be crowned as the Jeepster.
Based on the entry-level Jeep Renegade Sport, the Jeepster will be fitted with several exterior enhancements including 19-Inch granite-painted aluminum wheels wrapped in all-season tires and gloss black rings on the grille instead of chrome ones. Special Jeepster door decals also highlight the model's exclusivity.
Inside, the special-edition Renegade is appointed with black cloth seats with accent color stitching, metal diamond speaker covers and vent bezels, a seven-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support that's normally reserved for the Latitude trim and above, passive entry, and remote start.
Available exterior colors will include Colorado Red, black, and three custom colors that will be offered at a later date. Like every 2020 Jeep Renegade, the new Jeepster is powered by a 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and will be available in front-wheel or four-wheel drive.
This setup produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. According to the publication, the Jeepster will cost an extra $1,895 over the Renegade Sport, meaning the front-wheel-drive version will start at $24,270 while the four-wheel-drive version will set you back $25,770, making it slightly cheaper than the well-equipped Latitude trim.