2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk makes its debut at 2016 New York Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 29, 2016

Grand Cherokee has long been part of the Jeep brand. The company however wanted a model that was a 4x4 and able to offer a higher level of off-road capability through a wide-range of functional features, as well as having a tougher yet unique look.

The result was a Grand Cherokee Concept vehicle that carried the "Trailhawk" name. This concept vehicle was first presented to the public during the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari held in Moab, Utah.

When the 2014 Jeep Cherokee was later introduced, it paved the way for the production of the "Trailhawk" name. At that time, it became its most capable model compared to the Latitude, Limited, and Sport.

This continued with the 2015 Renegade and now with the 2017 Grand Cherokee. The Trailhawk will become the sixth model of the Grand Cherokee lineup, which already includes the Laredo, Limited, Overland, SRT, and Summit. As part of the Grand Cherokee lineup, the Trailhawk will come with the usual off-road capability features.

Among these are the company’s own 4x4 Quadra-Drive II system that has the rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential for all powertrains, the skid plates, Selec-Speed Control with Hill Ascent Control, and the anti-glare hood decal made specifically for the Trailhawk.

Also developed exclusively for the Trailhawk is its own version of the Quadra-Lift air suspension of the Grand Cherokee. This feature not only improves the Trailhawk’s total suspension travel but also enhances the articulation. Jeep’s Grand Cherokee has an approach angle of 29.8 degrees; though when its lower front fascia is detached for off-roading, it stands at 36.1 degrees.

The departure angle has been measured to be 22.8 degrees with breakout angle at 27.1 degrees. Trailhawk models provide a maximum ground clearance of 10.8 inches.

Trailhawk models also come with the standard Uconnect 8.4-inch touch screen which has the constantly updating off-road pages that display the wheel articulation.

There is of course the 4x4 capability features like the suspension height and the Selec-Terrain and 4x4 modes. All of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models will be offered in various exterior colors like Billet Silver, Bright White, Diamond Black Crystal, Granite Crystal, Redline Red, Rhino, and Velvet Red.

Exterior Design

The exterior meanwhile has a front fascia and the seven-slot Jeep grille. This is the same one that came with the 75th Anniversary edition, the 2016 Grand Cherokee. It also comes with the red tow hooks on the front and the rear, which has the Trailhawk-signature.

It comes with the 18-inch tires or the 20-inch Goodyear offer-road tires that have been reinforced with Kevlar.

Other highlights are the Trailhawk and Trail Rated badges with red highlights, the mirror caps, and the roof rack with Neutral Gray highlights, on the exterior. For increased protection, the Mopar rock rails are offered as an option.

Interior Design

The interior meanwhile is in black and its suede and leather performance seats offer a high level of control and comforts. In addition, it features brushed Piano Black appliques, red accent stitching, and all the interior parts that have been painted have a gun-metal finish.

The steering wheel has the Trailhawk badge and the red accent stitching can be seen on the console, seats, and the doors.

Press Release

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

At the New York International Auto Show today, the Jeep brand expanded its Grand Cherokee lineup with the introduction of a new Trailhawk model – the most capable factory-produced Grand Cherokee ever. The brand also introduced the 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit, bringing a new exterior appearance, a plush new interior and even more standard premium features to consumers looking for the ultimate premium full-size SUV.

“With our new Trailhawk and Summit models, Jeep Grand Cherokee becomes even more capable and more luxurious,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Our Cherokee and Renegade Trailhawk models are among our fastest selling and most sought-after models, and we are following that successful formula to provide consumers even more legendary Jeep 4x4 capability for Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever.

“Our new Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is in direct response to consumers who continue to ask for even more luxury, craftsmanship and standard premium features in a full-size SUV packed with capability,” Manley added.

In 2015, Jeep Grand Cherokee sales rose 7 percent to 195,598 units in the U.S.

The new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Summit models arrive in Jeep showrooms in late summer.

The Jeep brand introduced the “Trailhawk” name on the Grand Cherokee concept vehicle that first appeared at the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The idea was to deliver a unique and more rugged appearance, with a host of functional features that resulted in an increased level of off-road 4x4 capability.

The “Trailhawk” name moved to production with the introduction of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee, as the most capable of four models (Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk), and continued with the all-new 2015 Renegade. It joins the Grand Cherokee lineup as a sixth model for 2017 (Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit, SRT and Trailhawk).

Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models are equipped with a host of standard off-road capability features, including Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system with rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD) for all powertrains, a unique version of Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension – developed for Trailhawk – that offers improved articulation and total suspension travel, as well as Selec-Speed Control with Hill Ascent Control. Skid plates and a Trailhawk-specific anti-glare hood decal are also standard.

Approach angles on the Jeep Grand Cherokee are 29.8 degrees or 36.1 degrees when the lower front fascia is removed for severe off-roading, while the breakover angle is 27.1 degrees and the departure angle is 22.8 degrees. Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models offer up to 10.8 inches of ground clearance.

The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk exterior features a front fascia and seven-slot Jeep grille that debuted on the 2016 Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary edition, Trailhawk-signature red tow hooks in the front and rear, standard rugged 18-inch or optional 20-inch Goodyear Adventure off-road tires with Kevlar reinforcement, new Trailhawk and Trail Rated badges with red accents, mirror caps and a roof rack with Neutral Gray accents, and optional Mopar rock rails for added protection.

Inside, Trailhawk models feature a unique black interior with leather and suede performance seats for comfort and control, red accent stitching, brushed Piano Black appliques, gun-metal finish on all painted interior parts, a Trailhawk badge on the Jeep steering wheel, and red accent stitching on the seats, doors and console. A standard 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen includes updated off-road pages showing wheel articulation and other vehicle 4x4 capability features, such as suspension height and 4x4 and Selec-Terrain modes.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models are available in Redline Red, Billet Silver, Bright White, Rhino, Granite Crystal, Velvet Red and Diamond Black Crystal exterior paints.

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