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With its superior off-roading capabilities, Jeep has long been associated with the rugged outdoors. In keeping with this theme, the automaker offered a special trim in 2020 (and some years before) for its lineup of 4x4s, including the Grand Cherokee.
The "North Edition" was designed for those living in chilly climates, blending comfort, style, and performance to handle the challenges of winter conditions. Here are all the details on the Jeep Grand Cherokee North Edition, according to CarBuzz.
What is the Jeep Grand Cherokee North Edition?
Engineered specifically for harsh winters, the Jeep Grand Cherokee North Edition has everything you need to travel safely and comfortably on the coldest of winter days.
It comes packed with a number of curated features, including Quadra-Trac II four-wheel drive with Selec-Terrain, which offers several drive modes to choose from based on the conditions.
All-terrain tires provide grip, and a front suspension skid plate and engine block heater protect the Grand Cherokee from the elements. The North Edition also comes standard with two tow hooks.
The interior inclusions were designed to keep you warm and cozy during the colder months.
The seats and steering wheel are both heated, and the remote start feature lets you warm up your car before you get in.
Side view mirrors on the Jeep are also heated to prevent ice and snow from building up.
Tech-wise, the 7.0-inch touchscreen was upgraded to an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment touchscreen.
Buying the Jeep Grand Cherokee North Edition
Perhaps it goes without saying, but sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee North Edition weren’t limited to the northern states with tough winter driving conditions.
Back in 2020, Car and Driver noted that the North Edition would be available to purchase no matter where you were located in the U.S. It even retailed in the tropical paradise of Hawaii!
When the Jeep Grand Cherokee North Edition debuted, pricing started at $40,390, which was $6,745 more than the base rear-wheel-drive 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, and $4,445 more than the four-wheel-drive Laredo, according to Car and Driver.
It appears that the North Edition isn’t offered on 2021 and 2022 models, so you’ll have to hunt down a 2020 model if you’re interested. However, Car and Driver did note in 2020 that although the Grand Cherokee Latitude with North Edition had more features, it was most comparable to the Altitude trim.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk also seems fairly similar with four-wheel drive, heated seats and steering wheel, and remote start, per Car and Driver.
The only downside is that the 2021 Trailhawk, with a starting price of $48,700 is $11,370 more expensive than the rear-wheel-drive base trim 2021 Grand Cherokee Laredo E and $9,345 more than the four-wheel-drive Laredo E, according to Car and Driver.
However, it does have much-improved towing capacity over both the 2021 Grand Cherokee Laredo and the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee North Edition, plus other upgrades like leather seats.
What other Jeeps have the 'North Edition' trim?
The North Edition trim was available on other 2020 Jeeps, including the Cherokee, Compass, Gladiator, Renegade, and Wrangler, according to Car and Driver, but the Compass and Renegade didn’t receive the all-terrain tires.
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