Jeep: Serious Attitude in Grand Cherokee Altitude

By Sue Mead, May 12th, 2012

Thousands of off-road enthusiasts from around the U.S. converge on Moab, Utah for serious four-wheeling along hundreds of miles of trails in this red rocks and canyon lands region.

Manufacturer photo: The Grand Cherokee Altitude edition combines a variety of exterior design changes to create a unique model with an aggressive chrome and "blacked-out" look
Manufacturer photo: The Grand Cherokee Altitude edition combines a variety of exterior design changes to create a unique model with an aggressive chrome and "blacked-out" look

Jeep brought two Grand Cherokee models; the all-new limited-edition Grand Cherokee Altitude that goes on sale at the end of May -- and the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk concept, which brings a bundle of Mopar off-road performance parts to the popular flagship model.

The new Altitude has attitude. When Chrysler showed a Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude "blacked-out" concept to the public in January, the response from consumers was so positive the automaker quickly decided to produce this special edition.

The Grand Cherokee Altitude is crafted with a collection of exterior design changes that create a special look; it sports aggressive chrome and a blacked-out look. Up front, the grille surround is treated in black gloss with a mesh grille texture in platinum chrome. Other exterior features include a platinum chrome lower fascia appliqu

Specifications

As-tested $37,595
Curb weight 4,660 lbs.
Displacement 3.6-liter
Engine type 24-valve V-6 w/SMPFI
Epa mileage rating 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway
Fuel capacity 24.6 gal.
Horsepower (net) 290 at 6400 rpm
Overall length 189.8 in.
Torque (lb.-ft.) 260 at 4800 rpm
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Vehicle type 5-passenger 4WD SUV
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