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Jeep® announced on March 26, 2012, that it would produce three new limited-edition Jeep vehicles: the Grand Cherokee, Compass and Patriot Altitude models.
In January, Jeep had shown a "blacked-out" concept Grand Cherokee, and asked fans to name it. More than 100,000 entries arrived, and "Altitude" emerged as the winning vehicle name.
Mike Manley, Jeep Brand CEO, wrote, "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." The limited editions were scheduled to arrive in dealerships in May 2012.
Jeep's premium model, the Grand Cherokee, was redone with a black gloss grille surround, black headlamp bezels, and black liftgate bar, contrasting with the textured chrome mesh grille and chrome lower fascia applique. The Grand Cherokee Altitude rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels, painted in gloss black.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude model includes leather-trimmed 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, and hands-free communications. Paint colors are Deep Cherry Red, Brilliant Black, Mineral Gray, Bright Silver Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic, and Stone White.
The starting price is $35,595 for 4x2 models and $37,595 for 4x4 models, plus destination charge.
The Jeep Compass Altitude reflects the same basic look as the Grand Cherokee Altitude, with a black gloss finish surrounding the grille and continued to 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 can be purchased in front wheel drive, Freedom Drive I, and Freedom Drive II, and comes with power heated mirrors, heated seats, remote start, CVT, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, stability control, roll mitigation, Hill-start Assist (with manual transmission), and side-curtain air bags that cover all rows. (We do not know if Altitude is available with a manual transmission.) It will be sold in Deep Cherry Red, Black, Mineral Gray and Bright White, starting at $22,190 for FWD models and $23,940 for AWD models.
The Jeep Patriot Altitude has more chrome and polished steel than the Compass Altitude. It rides on 17-inch gloss-black aluminum wheels, with a bright chrome lower fascia and rear step pad appliques, and bright polished steel roof rails.
Jeep Patriot 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 is available in FWD, Freedom Drive I, and Freedom Drive II, and comes with power heated exterior mirrors, heated seats, power windows (driver one-touch) and locks, CVT, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, stability control, roll mitigation, Hill-start Assist (with manual transmission), and side-curtain air bags that cover all rows. (We do not know if Altitude is available with a manual transmission.) It has the same paint colors as Compass Altitude, and starts at $20,240 for FWD models and $23,275 for AWD models.
Mark Johnson, of Sanger, California, suggested the name "Altitude," and has been awarded a new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Jeep suggested it might use the names Midnight or Obsidian later. Obsidian is a dark (usually black) volcanic rock with curved surfaces, known by Trekkies as the name of a KGB-like agency in Deep Space Nine.
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