The little Jeep Renegade may seem innocent enough, but a Spanish automotive outlet has uncovered one trick the SUV has hidden up its sleeve. A journalist at KM77.com has been able to perform what is known as a “stoppie,” a maneuver in which the rear wheels lift off the ground after hard braking. And fortunately, it’s all on video for our viewing pleasure.
Pablo David Gonzalez was traveling at 84 mph in a front-wheel-drive Jeep Renegade with a 1.6-liter engine when he was able to lift the rear wheels in the air. After performing the trick and recording it, he notified Fiat’s communications director in Spain, who had a pretty reasonable explanation for why this was possible.
According to Fiat, the vehicle is a pre-production model and had been involved in a prior accident. The wreck caused a short circuit in the ABS system, which disproportionately distributed braking force to the front wheels. Fiat fixed the issue and told him to try the maneuver again. He was unable to do so and laid the issue to rest.
A year later, he decided to try out another Renegade. This time, he was able to recreate the incident on the first two tries using a green all-wheel-drive model with a 2.0-liter engine. Fortunately, it seems like a somewhat difficult maneuver to perform, as he was unable to recreate the stunt on subsequent attempts.
There’s no indication these vehicles are NAFTA-spec, so we might not have anything to worry about. FCA says it doesn’t yet know the exact configurations of every model involved in the stunt.
In a statement, FCA US said, “The Jeep Renegade, which features Electronic Roll Mitigation and Electronic Stability Control as standard equipment, meets or exceeds all mandated safety requirements. The Company is investigating the circumstances surrounding these demonstrations.”
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