The models, called the Deserthawk and the Altitude, will be largely cosmetic and option packages, but won’t add any extra capabilities on or off road.
The Deserthawk is inspired by the desert – hence the name – and is available in three colors. Although black and white are available, the one that matters is the tan color that Jeep calls Mojave Sand. This color is exclusive to the Deserthawk and fits best with the desert motif.
Built on top of the Trailhawk model, the Deserthawk has all the same off-road goodies like skid plates, 8.7 inches of ground clearance and Jeep’s Active Drive Low all-wheel-drive system.
What makes the Deserthawk special, apart from the paint job, are extras like black painted 17-inch wheels, decals on the hood and rear body panels and rock rails. Inside, the Deserthawk has black leather seats with Light Frost stitching and accents, which is exclusive to the model.
The Altitude is similar to other previous applications, like the Jeep Cherokee Altitude tested at TFLcar. It’s based on the Latitude model, so no extra off-road abilities here, but it does add a blacked-out grille and 18-inch gloss black alloy wheels. Gloss black accents around the badges, grille rings and tail light rings complete the look.
Inside, the Altitude model also gets an all-black theme with a black interior with black cloth seats, gloss black finishes and a touch of metal with some accent pieces.
The Altitude comes in any color that’s also available on the Latitude model.
Under the hood, the Altitude can be spec’d out with either the 1.4-liter turbo and a six-speed manual transmission or the 2.4-liter engine with a nine-speed automatic. The Deserthawk only comes with the 2.4-liter/nine-speed auto combination.
The Altitude will be available in dealerships later this month with a list price of $22,390. The Deserthawk won’t be available until January 2017 and will wear a price tag of $28,140.
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