In response to the overwhelming success and demand of special edition vehicles like the Call of Duty®: MW3 Editions, Jeep has announced the creation and limited release of a series of special “blacked-out” models, affectionately dubbed “Altitude” by Jeep drivers.
New for 2012, the Altitude lineup’s name was selected by over 100,000 online voters in the Jeep “Name My Ride” Contest. Meant to embody the unparalleled heights reached by the Jeep brand, the Altitude special edition models get exclusive badging and an impressive series of attractive black interior and exterior features. The new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Compass and Patriot all see a very limited release of Altitude models, and come in your choice of Deep Cherry Red, Mineral Gray, Bright White, Black or Bright Silver Metallic, depending on the vehicle.
The 2012 Grand Cherokee, the first to receive the Altitude makeover, features a series of “blacked-out” design changes to both its interior and exterior. The wildly popular, award-winning Jeep SUV starts with a firm foundation of 20-inch black-gloss aluminum wheels, while its muscular front end gets a platinum chrome mesh grille with glossy black surround and a new platinum chrome lower fascia applique. A black liftgate light bar and sleek black headlamp bezels complete the exterior, while the cabin has standard heated leather seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. Integrated Altitude features include a nine-speaker, 506-watt sound system, a rear backup camera, ParkSense rear park assist system and a starting MSRP of $35,595.
The iconic slots of the 2012 Compass Altitude grille get a glossy black surround, while the step pad and roof rails get a black gloss finish of their own. The Compass Altitude rides on 18-inch black gloss wheels with performance tires, and features upscale amenities like heated seats and mirrors, leather wrapping on the steering wheel and a remote start. Jeep boosts performance with a continuously variable automatic transaxle, Electronic Roll Mitigation and Hill-Start Assist. The Compass Altitude carries a starting MSRP of $22,190.
Next up, the 2012 Patriot gets a similar Altitude treatment that enhance its powerful, boxy exterior with a healthy dose of polished steel and chrome. For the special edition, the customized Patriot wears a set of 17-inch high-gloss black aluminum wheels with all-season tires, along with polished steel roof rails, a sleek chrome lower fascia and shiny chrome rear step-pad appliques. Named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Patriot Altitude model adds features like side-curtain airbags, Hill-Start Assist and Electronic Stability Control, as well as the Altitude’s customary leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated seats and power features. Look for the Patriot to come in at $20,240.
Lastly, the newest addition to the Altitude lineup is the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude, which has a production run limited to just 4,500 vehicles. Outside, the Wrangler gets exclusive matte black “Jeep” badging on the grille and hood, as well as a body-color hard top and unique 18-inch alloys with black spokes and polished wheel rings. A special Mopar® fuel fill door gets a black coating of its own, and the interior features an exclusive black-and-red theme complete with black leather seats stitched with deep red and matching mats, arm rests and paneling. The Wrangler Unlimited Altitude gets a starting MSRP of $33,740.
Customized straight from the factory, the special edition Altitude lineup delivers exclusive interior and exterior enhancements to the 2012 Grand Cherokee, Compass, Patriot and Wrangler Unlimited. Get yours before these models disappear.