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Two new limited edition Jeep models were recently introduced at the 2010 LA Auto Show. Both aim at adding a more premium ownership experience to the company's strong reputation for rugged, high-capability SUVs and crossovers. The new models—the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit and 2011 Jeep Liberty Jet—are scheduled to reach dealerships in December.
Building on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, which already offered a robust combination of premium amenities and rugged off-road hardware, the Overland Summit is touted as "the most luxurious, distinctive and comprehensively equipped production Jeep vehicle ever." It delivers a wide range of appearance upgrades, including a fully chromed grille, chromed fog lamp bezels and 20-inch bright, polished aluminum wheels. A unique new exterior color is available—Rugged Brown—is also part of the package, although the Overland Summit can also be ordered in Mineral Gray, White Gold or Black. The interior benefits from an extensive use of Black Olive burl real wood trim, which blends into the instrument panel and extends into the door panels, and is also used to accent the vehicle's leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel. Also part of the Overland Summit's upgraded interior is a fresh two-tone color scheme in Black and New Saddle, as well as Berber floor mats.
Capping things off, Jeep's Advanced Warning System and Adaptive Cruise Control group of technologies has been added to the Overland Summit's list of standard content. This package showcases safety and security features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-path Detection systems.
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit has an MSRP of $42,495 in 4X2 configuration and $45,995 for 4X4 models. Destination charges for both are $780.
Conceived as an appearance package for Sport and Limited models, the Jeep Liberty Jet adds attention-getters such as 20-inch aluminum wheels, P245/50R20 all-season tires, "blacked-out" headlamps and a wide array of chrome accents, including a chromed lower fascia opening, body-side moldings, license plate brow, roof rails and mirror caps. The Liberty Jet is available in Bright Silver, Dark Charcoal, Brilliant Black and Blackberry exterior colors.
On the inside, owners will enjoy:
- An up-level nine-speaker audio setup
- Heated and power-adjustable front seats (with six-way adjustments for the driver and two-way functionality for the passenger)
- A leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio control
- One-touch power up/down windows
- Supplemental side-curtain air bags
- Jeep's Park Sense rear park-assist system
- Available Dark Slate Gray leather seating
The MSRP for adding the Jet package to the Liberty Sport is $1,495 and $995 for the Liberty Limited. “While core Jeep enthusiasts will certainly love these vehicles, the new Grand Cherokee Overland Summit and Liberty Jet models are in direct response to consumers in the premium end of the spectrum asking us for our unique, benchmark capability in stunning, luxurious packages,” said Mike Manley, president and CEO of Jeep. “These new vehicles deliver the premium attributes that a growing portion of our customers are asking for, and at the same time, are certain to draw new customers into Jeep showrooms.”
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