Jazzy Jeeps: Limited-Edition Grand Cherokee and Sweet Renegade Customs Hit Montreux Jazz Festival

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Lake Geneva is known for its natural Alpine splendor, vibrant watersports events, and, among many other things, being the scene of the annual Montreux Jazz Festival. And this year, Jeep is hoping that visitors to the latter will remember its vehicles as they hum the riffs and melodies that linger in their heads as they scoot from venue to venue. Not only will Jeep provide a fleet of 30 vehicles to VIP and celebrities as well as host a performance of X Ambassadors (known for their song “Renegades”—see what they did there?), but Jeep is even building 49 special Grand Cherokees to commemorate the 49 years of the festival’s existence.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Montreux Jazz Festival Limited Edition models are rendered in charcoal metallic with satin trim pieces and 20-inch wheels. The interior features brown leather and an 825-watt Harman/Kardon surround-sound system with 19 speakers as well as twin DVD screens for rear-seat passengers. It is powered by Jeep’s 3.0-liter diesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic. Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II all-wheel drive is standard, as is an air suspension. It is available only in Switzerland—cue sad horns—at a heady price of CHF 88,300, or a bit over $93,000 at today’s exchange rates.

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Montreux Jazz Festival Limited Edition

Rather more interesting are the one-off Renegades that Jeep brought for show and display at the Geneva and Zurich airports from July 4 until the 2015 festival ends on July 18. Built by Garage Italia Customs, the Renegades feature nine coats of paint with three-color shading treatments evocative of guitar finishes—Cherry Black Burst and Classic Black Burst. In case the guitar theme gets lost on anyone, six string-like pinstripes run down the center of the hood and tailgate. More rock-and-roll-themed kitsch can be found inside and outside the vehicles, with our favorite being the black denim applied to the headliner, door panels, and shift boots.



Rock-inspired custom cars are nothing new, of course—the annual SEMA show is always loaded with stuff like last year’s Slayer-modified Scion tC—and the Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition proved that it can work at a production level, too. We kind of like the Renegades in particular, and if Jeep could make the paintwork happen and build a few for sale on our shores, not just the shores of Lake Geneva, that’d be music to our ears.

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