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Special edition Jeeps make their way to LA

 - 10/12/2015

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night and Jeep Wrangler Backcountry have been designed to appeal to the two extremes of the SUV spectrum and both will be going on sale after making their first public appearance at this month's Los Angeles Auto Show.

In the US, 100% of new Jeep Wranglers sold are done so with some form of personalization or customization. What's more, at this year's SEMA show, which wrapped on November 6, it was the Jeep that walked away with the prize for most customized car (ie the vehicle used by the most attendees as a base for customization or modification) in the SUV or 4x4 segment -- for the sixth successive year.

So it makes perfect sense that Jeep itself should have a go at making the car more exciting, exclusive or interesting with two new heavily customized models.

The 2016 Wrangler Backcountry

It boasts unique front and rear off-road bumpers, powder coated for extra durability. It gets a set of Rubicon rock rails to protect the undercarriage and sills plus matching Rubicon 17-inch wheels. Side steps can be specified at no extra cost and the final exterior touch, other than decals indicating that the car is a special edition, is a hard top to keep the elements out.

The cabin is a blend of comfort and practicality with all-weather slush mats on the floor and a mix of vinyl, mesh and leather wrapping the seats. A nine-speaker Alpine stereo comes as standard as too does a Bluetooth hands-free system.

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night

This limited edition is for those who want extreme on-road comfort and performance. The exterior is a litany of matte and gloss black accents right down to the special spilt five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels.

The theme continues inside with black leather seats with silver stitching plus a blackened chrome effect on switches and bezels. A dual-screen rear infotainment pack is available, as is a dual sunroof and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system, while under the hood a 6.4-liter V8 offers 475hp, a 0-60mph time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 160mph.

The LA Auto Show will open its doors to the public on November 20.


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