Jeep in­tro­duces new limited-edi­tion ‘Al­ti­tude’ Grand Chero­kee, Com­pass and Pa­triot mod­els

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Fol­low­ing an over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive con­sumer re­sponse to the re­cently in­tro­duced Grand Chero­kee con­cept and re­lated “Name My Ride” con­test, the Jeep brand has an­nounced it will pro­duce not just one, but three new limited-edi­tion Jeep ve­hi­cles: the Grand Chero­kee, Com­pass and Pa­triot Al­ti­tude mod­els.

In Jan­uary, Jeep in­tro­duced a dis­tinc­tive, “blacked-out” pro­duc­tion-in­tent con­cept Grand Chero­kee at the Hous­ton Auto Show, and con­nected with con­sumers to name the model. With more than 100,000 en­tries from en­thu­si­asts of the Jeep brand — which boasts more than 2 mil­lion Face­book fans — “Al­ti­tude” emerged as the win­ning ve­hi­cle name.

“The fact that well over 100,000 con­sumers en­tered our ‘Name My Ride’ con­test re­in­forces the pas­sion be­hind the Jeep brand, and its po­si­tion as one of the most rec­og­niz­able and pop­u­lar brands in the world,” said Mike Man­ley, Pres­i­dent and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The ex­tra­or­di­nary re­sponse to both the con­cept and the con­test re­sulted in an easy decision to pro­duce ‘blacked-out’ edi­tions of the Grand Chero­kee — and the Com­pass and Pa­triot. These new Jeep Al­ti­tude edi­tions will clearly have a broad ap­peal among con­sumers, es­pe­cially those look­ing for some­thing dis­tinc­tive, edgy, and just plain cool.”

The new, limited-edi­tion Grand Chero­kee, Com­pass and Pa­triot Al­ti­tude mod­els will ar­rive in Jeep show­rooms in May.

Jeep Grand Chero­kee Al­ti­tude

Jeep’s pre­mium icon — the Grand Chero­kee — is the most awarded SUV ever over its life­time com­pared to any other SUV. The Grand Chero­kee Al­ti­tude edi­tion com­bines a va­ri­ety of ex­te­rior de­sign changes to cre­ate a unique model with an ag­gres­sive chrome and “blacked-out” look.

The ve­hi­cle’s grille sur­round ap­pears 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 through­out the ve­hi­cle’s ex­te­rior.

The Grand Chero­kee Al­ti­tude rides on 20-inch tires that sur­round black­gloss alu­minum wheels.

The Jeep Grand Chero­kee Al­ti­tude model in­cludes stan­dard leather­trimmed 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.

Avail­able in Deep Cherry Red, Bril­liant Black, Min­eral Gray, Bright Sil­ver Metal­lic, Max­i­mum Steel Metal­lic and Stone White, the Jeep Grand Chero­kee Al­ti­tude starts at a U.S. Man­u­fac­turer’s Sug­gested Re­tail Price (MSRP) of $35,595 for 4x2 mod­els and $37,595 for 4x4 mod­els.

Jeep Com­pass Al­ti­tude

The new limited- edi­tion Com­pass Al­ti­tude con­tin­ues the “from- the- fac­tory” cus­tom­ized look first seen in the Grand Chero­kee con­cept shown in Jan­uary.

A dis­tinc­tive black gloss fin­ish sur­rounds Com­pass’ trade­mark seven-slot Jeep grille and head­lamps, and the treat­ment con­tin­ues with black roof rails and a black step pad. The Com­pass Al­ti­tude rides on ex­clu­sive 18- inch black gloss alu­minum wheels wear­ing Firestone BSW all-sea­son per­for­mance tires.

The Jeep Com­pass Al­ti­tude model fea­tures 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.

Avail­able in Deep Cherry Red, Black, Min­eral Gray and Bright White, the Jeep Com­pass Al­ti­tude’s start­ing U.S. MSRP is $22,190 for 4x2 mod­els and $23,940 for 4x4 mod­els.

Jeep Pa­triot Al­ti­tude

The Jeep Pa­triot Al­ti­tude con­tin­ues the “blacked-out” theme found on Grand Chero­kee and Com­pass ver­sions, but fea­tures more chrome and pol­ished steel than its Com­pass sib­ling.

Rid­ing on 17-inch high-gloss black alu­minum wheels and Firestone BSW all-sea­son tour­ing tires, the Jeep Pa­triot Al­ti­tude boasts a bright chrome lower fas­cia and rear step pad ap­pliques, and bright pol­ished steel roof rails.

Jeep Pa­triot is the best­priced SUV in Amer­ica, was re­cently named an Ed­munds.com Low­est True Cost To Own ve­hi­cle, and has earned an In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick.”

The Pa­triot Al­ti­tude edi­tion fea­tures power heated ex­te­rior mir­rors and heated seats, power win­dows (driver one-touch) and locks, 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, Hill­start As­sist (with man­ual trans­mis­sion), and side-cur­tain air bags that cover all rows.

Avail­able in Deep Cherry Red, Black, Min­eral Gray and Bright White, the Jeep Pa­triot Al­ti­tude’s start­ing U.S. MSRP is $20,240 for 4x2 mod­els and $23,275 for 4x4 mod­els.

Jeep “Name My Ride” Con­test

For sev­eral weeks fol­low­ing the Hous­ton Auto Show, con­sumers had the op­por­tu­nity to name the Jeep Grand Chero­kee con­cept ve­hi­cle by vis­it­ing Jeep.com. The brand then com­piled en­tries and nar­rowed them down to three fa­vored choices: • Al­ti­tude: rep­re­sent­ing the new heights the Jeep brand is reach­ing, with an ar­ray of new ve­hi­cles and spe­cial-edi­tion mod­els con­sumers have been seek­ing, a wide va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cle and brand awards, and a string of re­cent sales suc­cesses that in­cludes 23 months of in­creased sales — up 24 per­cent in 2010, 44 per­cent in 2011 and 34 per­cent so far in 2012 • Mid­night: for the dis­tinc­tive, mys­te­ri­ous, deep and dark “blacked out” ap­pear­ance of the ve­hi­cle; and • Ob­si­dan: a dark-col­ored — usu­ally jet black — vol­canic rock that dis­plays curved sur­faces — and may tie to a po­ten­tial fu­ture Jeep model name.

Af­ter two weeks of on­line vot­ing, “Al­ti­tude” was cho­sen as the win­ning name. Mark John­son, of Sanger, Calif., sub­mit­ted the name and will re­ceive a new

2012 Jeep Grand Chero­kee.

Jeep Sales High­lights

In 2011, Jeep brand sales in­creased 44 per­cent in the U.S. — with each Jeep model up more than 30 per­cent — while in­dus­try sales rose 11 per­cent. Glob­ally, Jeep sales in­creased 41 per­cent in 2011. Through the end of Fe­bru­ary, Jeep sales are up 34 per­cent in 2012 (ver­sus in­dus­try in­crease of 14 per­cent), and 35 per­cent glob­ally.

Jeep Brand

Built on more than 70 years of leg­endary her­itage, Jeep is the au­then­tic SUV with classlead­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, crafts­man­ship and ver­sa­til­ity for peo­ple who seek ex­tra­or­di­nary jour­neys. The Jeep brand de­liv­ers an open in­vi­ta­tion to live life to the fullest by of­fer­ing a full line of ve­hi­cles that con­tinue to pro­vide own­ers with a sense of se­cu­rity to han­dle any jour­ney with con­fi­dence.

The Jeep ve­hi­cle lineup con­sists of the Com­pass, Grand Chero­kee, Lib­erty, Pa­triot, Wran­gler and Wran­gler Un­lim­ited. To meet con­sumer de­mand around the world, all six Jeep mod­els are sold out­side North Amer­ica — and all are avail­able in right-hand drive ver­sions and with gaso­line and diesel pow­er­train op­tions. Chrysler Group LLC sells and ser­vices ve­hi­cles in ap­prox­i­mately 120 coun­tries around the world.

Un­prece­dented con­sumer in­ter­est in Jeep Grand Chero­kee con­cept con­firms pro­duc­tion; drives cre­ation of Com­pass and Pa­triot limited-edi­tion mod­els

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