2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Let There Be Flashlight
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on October 27, 2015
Long before the days of flash-equipped smart phones, there was a booming market for portable flashlights, namely those LED keychain lights. These coin battery-powered wonders were often saving graces for changing a flat in the dark, or locating small personal effects that slipped into crevices beyond the reach of a cabin dome light. Regular and frequent use, however, would quickly deplete their tiny expensive battery of its last electrons, and always at the most convenient moments.
Fast forward to 2003 when Volkswagen introduced the Phaeton to the US market. With an MSRP ranging anywhere from $65,000 to $95,000, the Phaeton had a hard time finding acceptance in the US automotive market, which unfortunately overshadowed one of the coolest accessories it came with.
Caption: One of my all-time favorite factory accessories is VW's LED flashlight, which supplants the standard pop-out cigarette lighter. This classy universal device stays charged and at the ready whenever you're in need of a light. A flashlight, that is.
Fast forward to today and our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk offers its take on the integrated flashlight accessory.
Hidden in the left side of the cargo area wall, a small LED flashlight stays charged until you need it — most likely when locating the spare tire and associated tools to change that flat in the dark.
Caption: For comparison's sake - Renegade LED flashlight (left) iPhone 6 (right)
Although it doesn't boast the most impressive lumen output, it's a welcome courtesy provided by our long-term Renegade. And it's better than no light at all.
Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor