We may think of Jeep as an American brand – and indeed it is – but of all the Chrysler divisions that have come and gone over the years, Jeep is arguably the best established. So when the doors open in a couple of weeks at the Geneva Motor Show, the iconic off-road brand will have a few new model variants to show potential European customers.

First up is the unique Grand Cherokee pictured above. Labeled a "production-intent sports concept," it's similar to the black example released in Houston and Washington late last month, but instead of the Darth Vader look, Jeep has taken more of a Storm Trooper approach with the European version, and also fitted it with the 3.0-liter common-rail diesel V6 with Multijet II technology borrowed from corporate cousin Fiat.
Jeep Compass Black concept
The murdered-out look is reserved here for the special Compass, also dubbed "production-intent." With the grille, lighting surrounds, roof rails and 18-inch wheels all blacked out, the smaller of Jeeps has a sinister look.

Finally, Jeep is using the occasion of the Swiss expo for the European launch of the Wrangler Mountain edition, which mirrors the version already available Stateside with a black hood and fuel cap, dark grey wheels and grille and five color choices including the bright green pictured. Follow the jump for full details and scope out the high-res images in the gallery for a closer look.
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Jeep® Brand at the 82nd Geneva Motor Show

- Jeep® Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept: stand-out from the crowd exterior design and performance appeal combine with the efficiency of the 3.0-litre CRD engine
- Jeep® Wrangler Mountain: new special edition-model with authentic 'outdoor' style
- Jeep® Compass production-intent concept: all-new Black look for the compact SUV of the Jeep family

European première for the Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept car that combines stand-out from the crowd exterior design and sporty appearance with the efficiency of the 3.0-litre V-6 CRD engine with Multijet II. Jeep showcases to the public in Geneva the Jeep Compass production-intent concept and adds a new characterful appearance to the compact SUV of the Jeep family. European debut in Geneva for Jeep Wrangler Mountain: the new limited-edition model of the iconic Wrangler.

This year, at the 2012 edition of Geneva Motor Show, Jeep showcases the Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept and the Jeep Compass production-intent concept. Both vehicles anticipate the direction in which the Jeep lineup could evolve in 2012. The Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept offers a unique, aggressive flair with exclusive styling cues combined to the efficiency of the new 3.0-litre V-6 turbo-diesel engine with Multijet II technology. The Jeep Compass production-intent concept features a unique Black exterior treatment that delivers a different personality to the compact SUV Jeep.

Beside the two exclusive production-intent concepts, the special edition Jeep Wrangler Mountain makes its European debut in Geneva: the new limited-edition model of the iconic Wrangler pays tribute to outdoor enthusiasts and it is showcased in an all-new Gecko body-color.

Located inside of Hall 5, the Jeep exhibition area in Geneva covers 765 square-meters. The stand was designed to communicate to the visitors the extraordinary possibilities of usage that belong to each model in the Jeep lineup, when driving on the most extreme tracks as well as on the ordinary paths. For this purpose the combination of different materials and colors that characterizes the floor surface was used to suggest different locations found in the real-world. On the floor, the resin-treated pavement features a particular ice effect to convey the idea of an arctic landscape, the slate-grey grès suggests the asphalt of roadways and again the resin-treated pavement with a beige colouring creates the effect of sand dunes in the desert. The message to the visitors is clear: these are the territories where the Jeep vehicles can better express their personality, the locations where their extraordinary dynamic characteristics can be tested.

The Jeep brand is styling, functionality, craftsmanship and benchmark capability. Every Jeep vehicle offers versatility and class-leading capability for people who enjoy the outdoors and seek extraordinary journeys when driving on extreme terrains as well as in the city. The brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full range of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence. A brand boasting an extraordinary personality, Jeep has always been able to reinvent itself to offer innovative products that set the benchmark for an entire category of vehicles.

Turin, 20 February 2012

Jeep® Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept: stand-out from the crowd exterior design and performance appeal combine with the efficiency of the 3.0-litre CRD engine

New design study combines distinctive look and sporty appearance with the efficiency of the 3.0-litre V-6 CRD engine. The Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept boasts unique exterior featuring one-of-a-kind black-gloss 20-inch aluminium wheels, distinctive styling cues and 'Black' exterior treatments. The new sports concept is powered by the efficient 3.0-litre V-6 turbo-diesel engine fitted new Multijet II technology and delivers 241 hp of power and 550 Nm of torque (190 hp and 440 Nm of torque with the available low-output version of the 3.0-litre).

This year at the 82nd Geneva Motor Show, Jeep® showcases the European première of Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept: a design study developed to explore the stylistic potential of the Jeep flagship. The new sports concept features a unique exterior with distinctive design cues and Black accents. The result: a Grand Cherokee boasting a distinct, aggressive flair and combining exclusive sporty appeal to the efficiency of the new 3.0-litre V-6 turbo-diesel engine with Multijet II technology.

The exterior of the production-intent sports concept features a more streamlined appearance thanks to the introduction of new roof molding covers that replace the roof rack. The vehicle's grille surround appears in gloss black, and mesh grille texture in Platinum Chrome. Black headlamp bezels and deep-tint sunscreen glass increase its sporty look. A Platinum Chrome lower fascia applique´ completes the unique front-end appearance. The new production-intent sports concept rides on 20-inch tires that surround one-of-a-kind Black-gloss aluminum wheels to add to its aggressive, performance-oriented appearance. A Black liftgate light-bar continues the "blacked-out" theme throughout the vehicle's exterior. The unique exterior look includes black chrome dual exhaust tips.

The interior of the Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept is enhanced by a leather-wrapped perforated heated steering wheel and ventilated sports-styled Nappa leather and suede seats. Real carbon fiber accents are integrated into the instrument panel and door trim panels. Bright, racing style brake and pedal pads add to the sporty, performance look inside the cabin.

Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept is powered by the efficient 3.0-litre V-6 turbo-diesel engine with new-generation, 1.800-bar injectors and Multijet II technology developed and patented by Fiat Powertrain. The 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine produces maximum power of 177 kW (241 hp) at 4,000 rpm and torque of 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) at 1,800-2,800 rpm and it is paired to the five-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Range Select (ERS). The 3.0-litre CRD powertrain is also offered in a low-output version, with 140 kW (190 hp) of power at 4,000 rpm and 440 Nm (324 lb-ft) of torque across 1,600-2,800 rpm.

The new production-intent sports concept is equipped with the sophisticated Quadra-Trac II® 4x4 system with two-speed transfer case and Brake Traction Control System (BTCS) on both the front and rear axle to ensure benchmark off-road capability. Quadra-Trac II's two-speed transfer case uses the inputs coming from a variety of sensors in order to determine tire slip at the earliest possible time and take corrective actions. The system uses Throttle Anticipate to sense quick movement in the throttle from a stop and maximizes traction before slippage occurs. When tire slippage is detected, 100-percent of the available torque is instantly routed to the axle with the most traction. Ultimate off-road capabilities are accomplished through the assistance of standard Hill Descent Control, for maximum downhill control, and Hill Start Assist, granting a smooth launch on a grade.

The equipment for on-board comfort and infotainment offers the latest technology and aims at transforming every journey in an absolute pleasure. In addition to UConnect® multimedia infotainment and navigation system with 6.5-inches touchscreen, 30 gigabyte hard disk, USB compatibility, AUX port, DVD video and voice activated Bluethooth UConnect Phone, the production-intent sports concept offers a state-of-the-art audio surround-sound system from Harman Kardon®. This 825-watt, 19-speaker, 1 subwoofer premium audio system offers world premier innovation. It features a 32-volt TPS (Tracking Power Supply) 12-channel amplifier that delivers outstanding acoustics and brings multi-dimensional, quality sound for all interior occupants.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept offers a vast array of advanced safety and security features, that further highlight that technological innovation belongs to the DNA of the Jeep flagship. In addition to the standard safety equipment including Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Electronic Rollover Mitigation (ERM), ABS with off-road calibration, Brake Traction Control System (BTCS) and 7 airbags (front seat, sidebags, side-curtain front and rear, seat-mounted), the sports concept adds the following premium safety features: Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-path detection. These advanced safety systems assist the driver with unique features thanks to the following characteristics:

Adaptive Cruise Control: the system decreases the vehicle's pre-set cruise-control speed when closing in on another vehicle in the same lane, or when another vehicle pulls into the same lane. The system will accelerate to the pre-set speed when the vehicle in front speeds up or moves into another lane; Forward Collision Warning: using forward-facing radar sensors, this system detects when the vehicle may be approaching another vehicle too rapidly and alerts the driver so the driver can determine what action must be taken in order to prevent the vehicle from a collision; Blind Spot Detection. The system uses dual ultra-wideband radar sensors to aid the driver when changing lanes, or if being passed by or passing unseen vehicles. The system notifies the driver of vehicle(s) in their blind spot via illuminated icons on the sideview mirror and with a driver-selected audible chime; Rear Cross-path detection: in parking lot situations, this system warns drivers backing out of parking spaces of traffic moving toward their vehicle. It activates any time the vehicle is in Reverse. The driver is notified of vehicle(s) crossing behind the vehicle via illuminated icons on the sideview mirror and with a driver-selected audible chime.

Jeep® Wrangler Mountain: new special edition-model with authentic 'outdoor' style

The new Jeep Wrangler Mountain special-edition model: nature and adventure combine with the capability, reliability and security offered by the iconic Wrangler. The new Jeep Wrangler Mountain edition will be powered by the efficient 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine and the recently introduced 3.6-litre V6 Pentastar. New limited edition model will arrive in European dealerships at the end of the second quarter of 2012 in both two- and four-door versions.

Building on the success of the recent special-edition Wrangler vehicles, Jeep introduces in Geneva another high-impact, limited-edition model: the new Jeep Wrangler Mountain.

With a unique exterior and interior design enhanced by exclusive styling cues, 17-inch wheels and authentic accessories by Mopar®, the new special edition model is the vehicle for those who want to stand out in the open spaces. In expressing the endless possibilities of customization of the iconic Wrangler, the new Mountain edition pays tribute those who actively practice the outdoors. With the 'Mountain' theme recalled by the name of the vehicle, the brand also wants to underline that thanks to benchmark technology and unmatched off-road expertise the iconic Wrangler is capable of overcoming the most demanding trails and the most challenging driving conditions.

Jeep Wrangler Mountain is based on the Wrangler Sport model and it will be available on both two-and four-door versions. Exterior features include a unique Black decal on the hood, front Mineral Gray grille and painted high-gloss Mineral Gray 17-inch wheels. Additional features are the 'Mountain' decal over part of the hood with latitude and longitude coordinates familiar to outdoor enthusiasts, side steps and black fuel-filler door from Mopar.

The interior features fabric seats with Slate Grey stitching and embroidered 'Mountain logo'. Mopar treatment in the cabin consists of tread-pattern slush mats.

Exterior colors for the new Mountain special edition model are in addition to the all-new Gecko that enhances the vehicle displayed in Geneva, the Black, Bright White, Dozer and Black Forrest Green colors already available in the Wrangler lineup.

The new Mountain special-edition model will be powered by the 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine producing 200 hp at 3,600 rpm and 460 Nm of torque at 1,600-2,600 rpm paired to a five-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Range Select (ERS). The diesel engine can be also equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. Also available on the new special edition model is the new 3.6-litre V-6 petrol engine delivering 284 horsepower DIN (209 kW) and 347 Nm (256 lb-ft) of torque. The 3.6-litre petrol engine is matched to the automatic five-speed transaxle with ERS.

Engineered to master the most challenging off-road tracks, Jeep Wrangler Mountain features an enhanced Dana 30 front axle and enhanced Dana 44 rear axle. Legendary Jeep off-road capability is achieved through the standard Command-Trac® NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio.

The equipment for driver's and passengers' on-board comfort offers leather-wrapped steering-wheel with integrated controls, Dual Top configuration (i.e. the possibility to have both the soft and hardtop options), Uconnect® multimedia infotainment and new Winter & Sound Group package, including front heated seats and 368-watt, 6-speaker Infinity audio system.

Jeep Wrangler is the original and authentic 4x4 that expresses the unconventional soul of the American brand by combining exceptional off-road capabilities with the driving enjoyment offered by a unique vehicle in the automotive industry. Undisputed off-road champion, Jeep Wrangler is appreciated worldwide for its outstanding off-road capabilities and its unique personality.

Jeep® Compass production-intent concept: all-new Black look for the compact SUV of the Jeep family

All-new Black exterior treatment, black-gloss step pad and new 18-inch black-gloss aluminium wheels create the sporty look of the Jeep Compass production-intent concept revealed in Geneva. Efficient 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine producing 163 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque and active Full-time Freedom Drive I® four-wheel-drive system. UConnect® multimedia navigation and infotainment system with Bluetooth UConnect® Phone and 9-speaker premium Boston Acoustics sound system deliver maximum comfort, information and entertainment on board.

In Geneva, Jeep reveals to the European public a new production-intent concept of the compact SUV Compass featuring a unique exterior treatment and exclusive Black look. The Compass production-intent concept displayed in Geneva is in fact a design study that adds to Jeep Compass a number of styling cues and functional elements including exclusive black-gloss front-end accents, step pad and 18-inch aluminium wheels. All this provides to the compact SUV of the Jeep family a more distinctive appearance and personality.

The iconic, seven-slot Jeep front grille boasts black-gloss inserts that combine to black-gloss headlamp and fog lamp surrounds. A black-gloss treatment characterizes also the roof rails and step pads. Special 18-inch black-gloss aluminium wheels reinforce the look of the vehicle.

Upon entry, leather seats deliver a touch of exclusiveness to the cabin. New front and rear bright sill covers complete the unique interior of the Jeep Compass concept.

The four-wheel-drive configuration of the Jeep Compass production-intent concept is matched to a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine delivering 163 hp of power and 320 Nm of torque. Benchmark all weather capability in its category is provided by the full-time, active Freedom Drive I four-wheel-drive system with Lock mode. The system is designed to give drivers year-round assurance with the ability to handle rough weather and low-traction conditions as well as slick roads that come with rain and light snow.

The rich equipment for comfort and safety on board includes a sophisticated 368-watt Boston Acoustics premium sound system with 9 speakers, voice-activated Bluetooth UConnect® Phone with UCI interface and UConnect® multimedia infotainment and navigation system with 6.5" touch screen, 30 gigabyte hard disk, USB compatibility, AUX port and DVD player.

Compact flagship of the Jeep brand, the Compass combines SUV features and functionality with performance, handling and fuel efficiency. Completely redesigned in 2011, Jeep Compass boasts a new stylish exterior, an upgraded, high quality interior compartment, improved driving comfort and handling, new 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine available in both low-and high output versions and a new 2WD drivetrain option alongside the proven Freedom Drive I four-wheel drive configuration that highlights Jeep Compass' dual nature: 4x4 capability and on-road sophistication.

Two trim levels are available for Jeep Compass: Sport and Limited. Both versions are equipped with the efficient 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine delivering 163 hp and 320 Nm of torque fitted on both two-wheel and four-wheel drive Compass models. Low-output version of the 2.2-litre turbo diesel producing 136 hp is equipped on front-wheel-drive Compass models only. The two-wheel-drive configuration is also available on models powered by the 2.0-litre petrol engine. 2.0-litre completes with the available 2.4-litre engine the Jeep Compass engine lineup offered in Europe.

Jeep Compass features a full line of active and passive safety systems, including advanced multi-stage front airbags, side-curtain front and rear air bags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Brake Assist, Brake Traction Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with rough-road detection and the sophisticated Hill Start Assist system.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Black and White always work good and look good together. Too bad Humans cant understand that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The commute 300 days a year, I tow a boat about two dozen days a year. I like the Cherokee but have hedged buying one because of the daily mileage. I borrow the pick up from work for towing. If I could get a 30mpg Diesel Cherokee sold IN AMERICA!!!- I would probably buy one before summer.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have two issues with the wording in this article: - Fiat is not a corporate cousin but a majority owner. Something else totally. - 3.0-liter common-rail diesel V6, while it certainly is Fiat's, is however not borrowed from Fiat if we're exact as you can't find this engine in any of the Fiat cars (Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari) if I'm not mistaken. Keep up the good work, Autoblog.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That color and the big Mountain badge make it look like a toy. Not that I wouldn't take one in a heartbeat, mind you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't care how murdered out the Compass is, it's just a dweeby vehicle. I'm sorry to the owners, but it's true.
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 3 Years Ago
      I put Black KMC Slides 22" on my GC as soon as I got it last year. They had to work hard to get that photo because the black rims disappear in my photos making it look bad but in person I get nothing but compliments.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Jeep, but it seems they've really gotten into the practice of releasing "special editions" that are nothing more than stickers, decals and paint schemes. Although the black and white does look good
        • 3 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        because they sell. Whats the harm in making a unique vehicle even more unique?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldnt call the Compass murdered out or even a black edition. Its just a darker metallic grey with black rims
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look tacky compared to the call of duty badged Wrangler.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i have the 2011 GC. i love it. but please, for the love of God, get the diesel here. Also: FIX THE &%#*&$(# HEAD UNIT. The chargers and the 300c's have a much upgraded system.. yet the GC is stuck with a head unit from 2004. Please, please, please jeep. As soon as the diesel comes here with a new head unit I'm trading mine in. Really is a fantastic car otherwise.. I have the overland and I think the price tag is a steal.
      Patrick Luckey
      • 3 Years Ago
      What kind of wheels are on the jeep grand cherokee.are those srt8 rims?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know what kind of car I want now
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