Jeep Wrangler Mountain Rolls into Geneva
Limited-edition model is designed to appeal to European tastes
The Geneva Motor Show is traditionally focused on luxury saloons and exotics from European automakers strutting their stuff on home turf. So you have to hand it to the recently invigorated Chrysler for using the occasion to debut a limited-edition model from arguably its most American marque: Jeep.
The Jeep Wrangler Mountain, which is based on the Wrangler Sport, will be unwrapped at the Geneva show next month. It’s set to arrive at European dealerships by the end of the second quarter in 2- and 4-door versions.
The Jeep Mountain will come with a 2.8-liter 200-horsepower turbodiesel engine combined with either a 5-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed manual. Europeans can also choose to hot-rod through the hills with an available 3.6-liter 284-horsepower V6 paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Pricing was not announced, but a name that harks back to the Pentastar's muscle-car heyday (remember Plum Crazy?) has been applied to the Mountain’s paint scheme.
Let’s see how stylish Euros warm to the Wrangler Mountain’s "Gecko" green sheet metal. Other exterior accouterments include a Mineral Gray front grille, painted high-gloss Mineral Gray 17-inch wheels, a Mountain decal on the hood and Mopar-branded side steps and a black fuel-filler door. Inside, the cloth seats get Slate Gray stitching and embroidered Mountain logo.
In addition to bringing the Mountain to Geneva, Jeep will unveil two European concepts for the Compass and Grand Cherokee. The runt-of-the-litter Compass will get exterior color-keyed trim and wheels that will hopefully make it more in line with Continental tastes, as well as a 368-watt Boston Acoustics sound system and leather seats. Power will come from a 2.2-liter turbodiesel with 163 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque.
Black trim accents will also grace the Grand Cherokee Sport concept, including gloss-black 20-inch aluminum wheels. Other details include a roof-rack delete, leather-and-suede seats and carbon-fiber accents in the instrument panel and door panels. Tunes will come from an 825-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon system.
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