The near-production Jeep Gran Cherokee concepts revealed earlier in the year is now confirmed for production as the Altitude limited edition, along with Compass and Patriot. The name “Altitude” was chosen from more than 100,000 entries in Jeep “Name My Ride” consumer contest. All these cars are almost completely blacked-out to be distinguished over the normal models.
The new, limited-edition Grand Cherokee, Compass and Patriot Altitude models will arrive in Jeep showrooms in May. So let’s go through each one and see what’s what.
Jeep Compass is an ugly car, and if we’re honest the Altitude treatment does not help it that much. It features a distinctive black gloss finish surrounds Compass’ trademark seven-slot Jeep grille and headlamps, plus 18-inch black gloss aluminum wheels wearing Firestone BSW all-season performance tires.
Interior features include power heated exterior mirrors and heated seats, remote start, continuously variable automatic transaxle, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and includes numerous safety and security features, such as electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-start Assist (with manual transmission), and side-curtain air bags that cover all rows.
Pricing: $22,190 for 4×2 models and $23,940 for 4×4 models.
The Liberty is ugly too, and it looks kinda weirder in black! It gets pretty much the same treatment as the Compass, with lots of black paint and chrome garnish, 17-inch high-gloss black aluminum wheels and Firestone BSW all-season touring tires. Interior features are also similar to the Compass.
Pricing: $20,240 for 4×2 models and $23,275 for 4×4 models.
The Grand Cherokee is the best of Altitude limited editions. The Black treatment really works on this one.
The car features the traditoinal grille in black gloss, and mesh grille texture in platinum chrome. A platinum chrome lower fascia applique completes the unique front-end appearance. Black headlamp bezels and a black liftgate light bar continue the “blacked-out” theme. 20-inch black wheels are also part of the package.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude model includes standard leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a 9-speaker 506-watt amp sound system with subwoofer, iPod/MP3 connectivity, Parkview™ rear back-up camera, ParkSense® rear-park assist system, Keyless Enter-N-Go, Chrysler Group’s Uconnect hands-free communications system, and more than 50 advanced safety and security features.
It is also the priciest of the three: $35,595 for 4×2 models and $37,595 for 4×4 models.