2010 Detroit: Chrysler to Bring Trio of Jeep Variants to Detroit
Chrysler's Jeep brand has some fiercely loyal customers, and it's that core Jeep fan base that will likely appreciate three new Jeep variations that will be shown at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show next week. While two of the variants will be familiar to Jeep buffs, one offers a fresh take on the iconic off-road brand for the new decade.
The Liberty Renegade model was launched in 2002, but disappeared from the lineup once the Liberty was redesigned in 2007. Like the previous Liberty Renegade, this iteration is meant to impart a rugged look and bolster its off-road prowess. Liberty Renegades will come equipped with aggressive off-road tires, skid plates, tow hooks, and fog lamps. Cosmetic changes include unique front and rear fascias, body side moldings, black headlamp bezels, and satin black vinyl hood graphics.
Inside, Jeep wrapped the steering wheel, shift knob, grab handle, center console lid, door armrests, and parking brake handle in leather. New premium cloth seats are also standard, as is an electronic vehicle information center, cruise control, and steering wheel-mounted radio controls.
After a hiatus stretching more than 20 years, the special edition Wrangler Islander model returns for 2010. As was the case before, the Islander is mostly a cosmetic package, and adds a unique Surf Blue paint color. A "Tiki Bob" logo is placed on the hood, and is embroidered into the seatbacks (which also sport Surf Blue inserts). The Islander package is available on all Wrangler models, and adds approximately $1120 to a standard Wrangler model.
Another Wrangler special edition -- the Mountain - is a new twist on the classic Jeep and joins the lineup for 2010. Although cosmetic changes include special decals and embroidered seats, the Mountain also receives grey 17-in. "Moab" wheels, tubular side steps, black taillight guards, and a Mopar fuel-filler door. The Wrangler Mountain package is available on two- and four-door Wrangler Sport S models, and costs an additional $1820.
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