The special edition of vehicles under the name “Altitude” will enhance three vehicles of the current Jeep range. Namely, the mentioned special edition version will receive the 2014 Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler.
The news was introduced yesterday at the Houston Auto Show next to the announcement that the cars will be available on the market this spring. The name of the vehicles came up two years ago when the brand introduced a production-intent concept Grand Cherokee at the Houston Auto Show, and connected with customers to name the model. More than 100,000 entries were submitted by Jeep enthusiasts, with ‘Altitude’ emerging as the winning name. Later, Jeep created a limited run of Altitude models across its lineup.
Precisely, what makes 2014 Jeep Cherokee Altitude different is that it features a stealth-like appearance. The latter is due to the utilization of gloss black grille surrounds, roof rails, front fascia lower applique and badging, and a black daylight opening (DLO). The vehicle runs on 18-inch gloss black painted aluminum wheels, while its black interior completes its look.
This Altitude model is based on the Latitude, and will be offered in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations. The choice of engines here includes the 2.4-liter MultiAir®2 Tigershark I-4 and the 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 one. The V6 delivers best-in-class 271 horsepower (200 kW) and has a towing capabilities of 4,500 lbs. Both engines are coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The limited edition model will be available in four exterior colors: Brilliant Black Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat and Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat.
The second vehicle is the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude which is based on the latest Laredo model and is available in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations too. It comes as a standard with 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which generates 290 horsepower (213 kW) and 352 Nm (260 lb.-ft.). The SUV utilizes the eight-speed automatic transmission.
Grand Cherokee Altitude will be offered in the same exterior colors as the precious Jeep model mentioned but will add Deep Cherry, Granite Crystal and Maximum Steel. Other special exterior design cues here include gloss black bezel inserts for the front grille, fog lamp bezels, lower front fascia applique, badging, rear step pad surround, 20-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels, halogen headlamps with black bezels, grey satin gloss tail lamp bezels, platinum chrome grille texture, bright dual exhaust tips, lower body-color fascias, wheel flares and side cladding, a body color antenna and an SRT-style roof rail.
In terms of interior, the car sports black Capri leather seats with perforated suede inserts and black stitching, leather wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, standard 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen and power sunroof. The Security and Convenience Group come as a standard and include remote start, auto-dimming rear view mirror, security alarm, 115 volt outlet, universal garage door opener, cargo cover, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, power liftgate, ParkView back-up camera and ParkSense rear back-up sensors.
The last vehicle which will get the Altitude badge is the Jeep Wrangler which is based on the current Sahara model. Its exterior highlights feature a matte black grille with gloss black throats, head lamp rings and Jeep badge, gloss black front and rear bumper appliques and 18-inch seven-spoke aluminum wheels, a standard body color Freedom Top and matte black “WRANGLER” decal on the hood. As an option the brand offers the choice of Dual Top with premium Sunrider soft top.
Inside, the Wrangler includes standard black leather seats with black stitching, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with black painted spokes and black stitching, black finish hex bolts and black painted vent rings and door, instrument panel grab handles and Wrangler Connectivity Group.
The model will be offered in two-door and four-door variants, and will be powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. The latter generates here 285 horsepower (210 kW) and 352 Nm (260 lb.-ft.) and is matched with a standard six-speed manual or available five-speed automatic transmission. Wrangler Altitude employs a Command Trac transfer case with 2.72:1 low range.
2014 Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler Altitude models will be available in Jeep showrooms this spring.