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by Adam Lynton
Blacked-out versions of the popular crossovers are now available.
An unnamed Grand Cherokee Concept debuted at the Houston Auto Show in Texas a couple of months back, when Jeep gave their fans the chance to name it as part of its 'Name My Ride' contest. Well, the fanatics have spoken, and the handle chosen for the production version of the murdered out production-intent Grand Cherokee Concept is 'Altitude.'
Jeep claim the Facebook competition was so successful they decided to add the same 'Altitude' package to the product catalogue for the Compass and Patriot.
"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 common theme is a blacked-out interior and exterior, which for the Grand Cherokee includes a black gross grille, mesh grille in platinum chrome, a platinum chrome lower bumper add-on, black headlight bezels, a black liftgate bar and 20-inch black-gloss alloys. Standard interior features include leather-trimmed heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, rear backup camera, and a 9-speaker audio system with iPod/MP3 connectivity. Jeep also offers the car in non-black colors of Deep Cherry Red, Mineral Gray, Stone White, Bright Silver Metallic and Maximum Steel Metallic.
Prices start at $35,595 for the two-wheel drive models and $37,595 for AWD variants. For the Compass Altitude, which features a black gloss grille, roof rails, headlamp bezels, back step pad and 18-inch black-gloss alloys, buyers can choose three exterior colors of Black, Deep Cherry Red and Mineral Grey. Prices for the 4x2 models start from $22,190 and $23,940 for the 4x4 versions. Finally, the Patriot Altitude boasts a bright chrome lower fascia and rear step pad appliques, bright polished steel roof rails and 17-inch high-gloss black alloys.
Prices start from $20,240 for the 4x2 and $23,275 for the AWD models, available in Deep Cherry Red, Black, Mineral Grey and Bright White.