Jeep enthusiasts are flying high as the popular Altitude models of the king of off-road vehicles make a return for 2014.
For the first time, the Jeep Cherokee will have a special edition Altitude model, while Grand Cherokee and Wrangler Altitude models return to join the 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot Altitude models currently available. All Jeep Altitude models feature the unique “blacked out” exteriors and will be available this spring.
What makes the Altitude models such a fan favourite is not only their aggressive flair, but the fact that they’re also fan-named, having received their Altitude moniker from Jeep enthusiasts when they were introduced at the Houston Auto Show in 2012.
“The unique ‘blacked-out’ theme of the Jeep Altitude models resonated so well with consumers two years ago that it makes perfect sense to bring them back now, particularly since we have new versions of the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “What began as a production-intent concept and naming contest generated significant buzz and evolved into a lineup of special-edition Jeep vehicles that appeal to many consumers – especially those wanting a very distinct, aggressive and edgy look.”
The Cherokee Altitude is available in 4×2 or 4×4 configurations and is powered by either the 2.4-liter MultiAir 2 Tigershark I-4 engine or the 3.2-litre Pentastar V-6 engine. Both engines come with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
With gloss black grille surrounds, roof rails, wheels and a black interior, the Jeep Cherokee Altitude is the ninja of SUVs, with a stealth-like appearance. It is 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 Grand Cherokee Altitude is also available in 4×2 or 4×4 configurations and comes standard with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which produces 290 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and is paired with an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission.
Special exterior design cues include gloss black bezel inserts for the front grille, fog lamp bezels and 20-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels. Other unique exterior changes include halogen headlamps with black bezels, platinum chrome grille texture, bright dual exhaust tips and an SRT-style roof rail.
The interior features black Capri leather seats with perforated suede inserts and black stitching, a leather wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, standard 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen and power sunroof. Leather is available in Billet Silver, Bright White, Brilliant Black Metallic Coat, Deep Cherry, Granite Crystal and Maximum Steel.
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Altitude’s exterior highlights include a matte black grille, 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.
Inside, the Jeep Wrangler Altitude features standard black leather seats with black stitching, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with black painted spokes and black stitching.
Available in two-door and Unlimited four-door models, the Wrangler Altitude is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with a standard six-speed manual or available five-speed automatic transmission.
Climb higher with all new Jeep Altitude models this spring!