The 2009 Jeep Patriot, Liberty, and Grand Cherokee may already be “Trail Rated,” but ticking the box for the new Rocky Mountain Edition package won’t make it any more so.
Instead, look at the new Rocky Mountain Edition models as being a preferred equipment package, albeit on a shoestring budget. Chrysler claims the package adds approximately $2300 worth of options, but costs the consumer only $1595.
Starting at $19,765, the Patriot Rocky Mountain Edition is built upon the Patriot Sport. Opting for the Rocky Mountain model adds features like Chrysler’s U-connect Tunes infotainment system, a Boston Acoustics sound system, Sirius satellite radio, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Exterior touches include body-colored door handles and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Buyers have their choice of either two-wheel- or four-wheel-drive models, but each is equipped with a 2.4-liter I-4 mated to either a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.
The Liberty Rocky Mountain Edition, which starts at $25,355, adds similar equipment, albeit it does without the fanciful Boston Acoustics system and satellite radio. Built off the Liberty Sport, the Rocky Mountain model is available in either 4×2 or 4×4 forms and is equipped with Chrysler’s 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6.
At the top of the Rocky Mountain Edition line sits the Jeep Grand Cherokee, albeit it’s built from a base Grand Cherokee Laredo with the 3.7-liter V-6. The special edition package adds the U-connect Tunes system, power sunroof, heated seats, chromed body-side molding, and unique 17-inch wheels. 4×2 models start at $32,825, but Chrysler hasn’t released pricing for the 4×4 version.
Dealers are currently accepting orders for the Rocky Mountain models, which should arrive in showrooms later this month.