- Unveiled at the New England auto show, the Jeep North Edition is a new trim for all six Jeep models that includes comfort and mechanical upgrades.
- Heated steering wheels and a tow strap kit are included in the package for Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Compass, Gladiator, Renegade, and Wrangler.
- On some models, all-terrain tires ordinarily found on higher trims are also included.
No matter how long the C/D staff has lived in Michigan, never has anyone enjoyed a minus-26 degree morning on the way to work, not even when the lucky shuttle is a long-term Corvette. Jeep’s customer research must have reached the same conclusion, because now there is a go-to trim that winterizes every vehicle in its lineup.
For 2020, all six Jeep models can be ordered as the North Edition, a bundle of goodies plucked from various option packages on lesser models and, on certain models, offered at a discount. Like the Ram 1500 North Edition that FCA released in 2018, the North Edition Jeeps will be offered to every state, including the hot one with volcanoes surrounded by bright aqua water. Everyone suffering in the Salt Belt will actually use the heated front seats, heated steering wheel, and remote start on a daily basis, while the front tow hooks and 22-foot-long tow strap from Mopar's Trail Rated Kit are included for an occasional rescue mission.
Thick rubber floor mats and power heated mirrors come standard, and for Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Gladiator, and Wrangler models, there's a set of knobby all-terrain tires. Every North Edition brings gray 17- or 18-inch wheels and four-wheel drive (despite Jeep’s off-road reputation, front- or rear-wheel drive is the base fare on everything but the Wrangler and Gladiator). Finally, a Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen replaces the 7.0-inch unit.
If you're confused how the North Edition slots among the dozens of trims available, let’s break it down. On Cherokee and Compass models, it’s most similar to the Trailhawk trims in terms of price, engines, and exterior design (but without the upgraded suspensions). The Cherokee Latitude North Edition costs $31,250, and the Compass Sport version is $29,295. The Renegade North Edition is priced slightly higher than the base Sport to which it's added, at $28,165. The Grand Cherokee Latitude with North Edition has most everything the Altitude has and more, for $40,285. On the four-door Wrangler, at $45,960, it’s an upgrade for the street-friendly Sahara trim. Gladiator trucks now position the North Edition above the Overland as the most expensive trim to start, at $47,215. It comes with a three-piece hard top, too.
Every North Edition is now on sale except the Renegade, which arrives in March. Even for you, Miami.
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