Jeep preps special Wrangler, Grand Cherokee editions for L.A. auto show

Jeep's Wrangler Backcountry arrives in showrooms late this month.
Jake Lingeman is Online Features Editor at Autoweek, a sister publication of Automotive News. He reports on cars, car tech and the world at large.

SEMA, Detroit, Baja, Moab -- there’s no bad time or place to introduce a special-edition Jeep. In fact, FCA has two of them coming to the L.A. Auto Show: The Grand Cherokee SRT Night, which gets the de rigueur black appearance package, and the Wrangler Backcountry, which gets enough off-road bits to crush everything winter has to offer.

The SRT Night is equipped with black gloss paint on the roof, rear spoiler, front grille bezels, B- and C-pillars and side window surround. The front appliqué and badges are in satin black.

Lightweight split five-spoke 5Ten 20-inch wheels are also in black, while the Brembo calipers remain standard red. Exterior color choices include velvet red, billet silver and granite crystal.

The Grand Cherokee Night gets the normal SRT treatment with a 6.4-liter V-8 engine with 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Adjustable dampers and adjustable drive modes are also standard. A dual-pane sunroof, premium audio system, tow package, three-season tires and a full-size spare are optional.

The Wrangler Backcountry is based on the Sahara model, which is somewhat ironic, considering it’s built for winter. It gets special decals, powder-coated bumpers, 17-inch Rubicon wheels and a black fuel fill door.

Rubicon rock rails and black hardtop are standard, but Sahara side steps and body color hardtop are optional. The Backcountry comes in five colors: hydro blue, black, bright white, granite crystal and “xtreme” purple.

The Grand Cherokee SRT Night

Inside, Backcountry comes with black vent rings, door handles and grab handles, a vinyl-wrapped console lid and door armrests with diesel gray accent stitching, black McKinley leather seat bolsters with black sport mesh inserts, a nine-speaker premium sound system and all-weather floor mats. Bluetooth is also standard.

The Backcountry package costs $4,700 while the SRT Night package is $4,995.

The 2016 Wrangler Backcountry arrives in showrooms in late November while the Grand Cherokee SRT Night will be available in the first quarter of 2016.

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