Jeep Debuts Wrangler Backcountry, Grand Cherokee SRT Night in L.A.
Models Highlight Distinct Personalities Within Jeep Brand
Up until the Grand Cherokee SRT8 came out for the 2007 model year, in which any semblance of off-road capability was traded for high-performance on-road and track driving, the Jeep brand has always been about ruggedness and off-road capability. However, the Grand Cherokee has not diluted the essential essence of the brand, which has always been off-road performance. To highlight these two ends of the spectrum of the Jeep brand, FCA is showing off the Wrangler Backcountry and Grand Cherokee SRT Night at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Wrangler Backcountry is based on the Sahara trim and is distinguished from other Wrangler models with Backcountry decals on the front fenders and rear quarter panel, unique front and rear powdercoated bumpers, 17-inch Rubicon wheels painted in mid-gloss Black, and a black fuel door. Rock rails are standard, with Sahara side steps available. A black hardtop is standard, with a body-color hardtop offered as an option. The available colors for the Backcountry are Hydro Blue, Black, Bright White, Granite Crystal, and Xtreme Purple, which is exclusive to the Backcountry trim.
The Grand Cherokee SRT Night features blacked-out trim and badging, split five-spoke 20-inch black wheels, and a black Laguna leather interior with silver accent stitching. Options include a dual-pane sunroof, 19-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system, and dual-screen rear entertainment system. Like other Grand Cherokee SRTs, the Night is powered by the 6.4L high-output Hemi V-8 making 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. Available colors are Velvet Red, Billet Silver, and Granite Crystal.