Blending luxury and off-road credentials.
Jeep is no stranger to special edition and unique trims for its most popular models. Introducing the new High Altitude trim for both the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator, both making their debut at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. This time around, Jeep is focusing a bit more on luxury rather than off-roading, though both vehicles are fully capable of going just about anywhere.
For starters, both offer full leather interiors. Even the dash, door panels, and console are covered in leather. The 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system features GPS navigation and there's an Alpine premium audio system along with a suite of driver-assist features including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, automatic high beams, and remote keyless entry.
The exterior features 20-inch wheels, running boards, and body-colored hardtop, fender flares, mirrors, door handles, and bumpers. These body-colored exterior bits are typically prone to scratches and dings, so that's something to bear in mind.
"Our new Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator High Altitude are in direct response to customers who continue to ask for even more luxurious materials, premium content and technology in two of the most capable vehicles that we've ever offered," said Jeep brand boss Jim Morrison in FCA's announcement. "We've taken the most capable SUV and midsize pickup on the planet and delivered a pair of truly unique vehicles, inside and out, so there's clearly no compromise between luxury and capability."
This isn't the first time we've seen the High Altitude trim; it's also offered on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Cherokee, for example. High Altitude is not the most exclusive trim level you can buy for any Jeep, but rather it sits above the Sahara but below the Rubicon trims. It's basically for those who want a fully-loaded luxurious Jeep but aren't interested in the off-road features the Rubicon trim has.
Official pricing hasn't been announced but sales are expected to begin later this year.