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New Jeeps to be shown at LA

by David Zatz on

Jeep will show two special editions at the Los Angeles Auto Show: the 2016 Grand Cherokee SRT Night and the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night, due in the first quarter of 2016,  adds a black roof, lightweight performance wheels, and other touches, while the Wrangler Backcountry, coming late this November, is winter-themed.

In addition to the black roof, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night will have a gloss-black rear spoiler, front grille bezels, B and C pillars, and side window surrounds, with a satin-black front appliqué, hood and rear liftgate badges, and split five-spoke “5Ten” 20-inch wheels (which reveal red Brembo brake calipers). Inside, the Night comes with black Laguna leather with Silver accent stitching and metallic black bezels. Colors are Velvet Red, Billet Silver, and Granite Crystal.

As with any Grand Cherokee SRT, the Night has a 6.4-liter V-8 engine with 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, an adaptive damping suspension, and a Selec-Track Traction Control system; and can do 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

The Jeep Wrangler Backcountry is based on the Wrangler Sahara, and has decals on the front fender and rear quarter panel, front and rear powder coated bumpers, 17-inch Rubicon wheels painted in mildly glossy black, and a black fuel fill door; it has Rubicon rock rails with no-charge-optional Sahara side steps. A black hard top is standard but a body color hard top is optional. Colors are Hydro Blue, Black, Bright White, Granite Crystal, and Xtreme Purple, a color unique (within the Wrangler range) to Backcountry.

The interior has glossy black vent rings, door handles, and grab handles, with black leather seat bolsters and mesh inserts. The console lid and door armrests have light gray accent stitching. Rounding off the package are a nine-speaker premium Alpine sound system, all-weather slush mats, and the Bluetooth hands-free Connectivity Group.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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