2012 Geneva: Special Edition Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Compass
As of late, the vast majority of Jeep's special-edition models have been targeted at the North American market, but that doesn't mean the brand is completely ignoring customers in Europe. In fact, Jeep recently announced that three new special models for the European market will make their official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.
If the new Jeep Wrangler Mountain sounds or looks familiar, it should. This new package is virtually identical to the one offered in North America two years ago. Based off the Jeep Wrangler Sport, the Wrangler Mountain wears a black hood decal, "Mountain" graphics above the fenders, and a black fuel filler door. 18-inch wheels, along with the grille assembly, are painted in Mineral Gray, which contrasts with any of the five available paint colors (especially the retina-melting "Gecko" hue shown here). Jeep Wrangler Mountain models also receive slush mats sourced from Mopar, along with Slate Grey cloth seats with embroidered Mountain logos on the front seatbacks.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee "production intent sports concept" is also familiar: apart from its white exterior paint and the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 nestled underhood, it's quite similar to the "production-intent" concepts Jeep unveiled weeks ago at the Houston and Washington D.C. auto shows. Like those two Grand Cherokees, the Geneva show vehicle boasts a black grille surround and a mesh grille insert, black headlamp bezels, a black liftgate trim panel, and black 20-inch, ten-spoke wheels. Interior revisions include seating surfaces trimmed in Nappa leather and suede, carbon fiber trim accents, and bright pedal trim.
A similar treatment was also applied to a new Jeep Compass "production intent sports concept," which will formally debut in Geneva. Revisions applied to the compact Compass include new grille inserts, headlamp and foglamp surrounds, rear bumper step pad, roof rails, and 18-inch wheels -- all of which are finished in gloss black paint. Seating surfaces are trimmed in black leather, while aluminum door sill plates provide some contrast.
If we had to wager on any of these models crossing the pond, we'd put our money on the Grand Cherokee. Not only has Jeep shown similar packages stateside, but officials have also hinged production plans on public reception (we hear they're going over quite well) and tied the package to an online marketing contest. Officials wouldn't comment on the Wrangler Mountain or the Compass "Sport," but seeing as Jeep special editions continue to resonate with buyers here, we wouldn't be surprised if either model -- or both -- are eventually ported to our market, much like the Wrangler Arctic.