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The New Wrangler Backcountry is Plum, isn't Crazy

The Chrysler Group has used the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show to show off the newest package for the Jeep Wrangler, and along with the Plum Crazy-like Xtreme Purple exterior hue, the new Backcountry package will include a list of standard features that will most certainly resonate well with the legions of rabid Jeep fans and casual new-SUV shoppers alike.

Leading up to the start of this week’s 2015 Los Angeles International Auto Show, we had already talked about the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night, but joining that blacked-out high performance SUV is the new Jeep Wrangler Backcountry. Over the past few years, the Jeep Wrangler has had a collection is simple upgrade packages that added unique aesthetic touches inside and out, while also adding some useful content for those who like to get their Jeep a little dirty. The Backcountry is the newest in that list, joining prior packages such as the Islander, the Freedom Edition, the Polar Edition, the Moab Edition, the Call of Duty MW3 Edition and several others, so while this isn’t exactly a new trimline, it builds extensively on a current trimline with popular items from the accessory and option lists.

“Jeep enthusiasts anticipate and truly appreciate special-edition models that deliver a customized Jeep SUV right from the factory,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “The Grand Cherokee SRT Night and Wrangler Backcountry both offer a distinctive appearance, while delivering an array of prominent performance and capability features.”

The Wrangler Backcountry
The 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry is based on the Wrangler Sahara model and the package begins on the outside with a special decal package on the front fender and rear quarter panel, off-road front and rear black powder coated bumpers, black 17 inch wheels from the Wrangler Rubicon, a black fuel door, a black hard top (optional painted hard top is shown above) and the Wrangler Rubicon rock rails in black – although you can also opt for the normal Sahara side steps at no additional cost. Finally, the outside of the Wrangler Backcountry is available in 5 colors, beginning with the package-exclusive Xtreme Purple shown above as well as Hydro Blue, Black, Bright White and Granite Crystal.

On the inside, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backccountry has Piano Black HVAC vent trim, door handles and grab bars, a vinyl-wrapped center console with Diesel Gray accent stitching, black leather seat bolsters with black sport mesh centers, a nine speaker Alpine sound system, all weather slush mats and the Wrangler’s optional Connectivity Group is included as well.

The package is simple, but if you love Plum Crazy – or Xtreme Purple as it is called in the Jeep showrooms – the 2016 Wrangler Backcountry is your only option. There is no pricing announced just yet, but considering the relatively simple modification list, it shouldn’t be all that much more expensive than the standard Wrangler Sahara.

Click here for a closer look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night, which is debuting alongside the Wrangler Backcountry at the 2015 LA Auto Show, which started today and runs through next week.

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