2012 Moab Easter Safari: Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept

Article by Christian A., on March 28, 2012

Going off-road is never too difficult with the new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept. Best of all, it accomplishes thise while making Jeep fans pleased with its unique and aggressive appearance. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV ever and is famous for its outstanding off-road performance that’s the result of its Quadra-LiftTM air suspension, Selec-TerrainTM traction control system, Off-Road Adventure packages, tow/recovery hooks that was tested to twice the vehicle's Gross Vehicle Weight, and class-leading 4x4 systems such as Jeep's Quadra-Drive II system that comes with a rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential (ELSD), offering industry-leading tractive capability.

It also gets a new set of 18-inch Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor off-road tires that are covered with new painted 5-spoke alloy Mineral Gray wheels. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are more durable and quieter due to the added side-wall protection on its SilentArmor tires. It is equipped with modified Mopar rock rails that were designed to offer full protection of the lower body from rugged rocky terrain.

This vehicle is basically in Stone White but its look is enhanced with a Mineral Gray and Red theme. In particular, Mineral Gray is the color of the grille surround, lower front applique, mirror caps and rear light bar.

Meanwhile, the upper grille mesh, front and rear tow hooks, Jeep logos on wheel center caps and bolt holes in the alloy wheels are in red. A Red trim line is used as the outline of a matte black hood applique that lessens glare during technical off-road maneuvers.

Other elements that make it unique are the black headlamp surrounds, black exterior front and rear badging, Red "Trail Rated" badges on the front fenders and a one-of-a-kind "Trailhawk" badge on the rear tailgate.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee features a 114.8-inch wheelbase, 5.3 inches longer than the earlier model. Because of this, the vehicle is also 1.8 inches longer overall. Moreover, this longer wheelbase gives rear passengers an additional 4-inch knee and leg room as well as opens up more interior space. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee is also 3 inches wider, giving it improved packaging and handling.

Aside from these longer dimensions, the vehicle’s front door openings are also 1.9 inches wider and 2 inches higher compared to that of the previous model. Its rear doors, on the other hand, open 78 degrees – 11 degrees more compared to the 67 degrees of its predecessor – in order to give you better access to its interior.

You will also appreciate the new Jeep Grand Cherokee’s premium seating, which includes ample room for five passengers. A fold-flat front-passenger seat is also available for Laredo models, providing more cargo storage room. What’s more, the rear seats can be reclined 12 degrees for added passenger comfort. Plus, there’s a 12-degree forward angle allowing a 24-degree variation.

Additionally, cargo volume behind the 2nd row provides additional 6.8 cubic feet of space compared to the earlier model. The vehicle’s well-appointed rear cargo area also includes a storage unit equipped with a rechargeable flashlight as well as improved grocery hooks on the sides. Moreover, the spare tire compartment also has removable dual storage bins that offer secure storage for muddy gear and their items.

Also available is a new power rear liftgate for effortless remote up-and-down convenience.

Each surface of the vehicle is new and is treated for aerodynamics, improving fuel efficiency and placing more fluidity into its design while also delivering an improved drag (7% better compared with its earlier model). The 2011 Grand Cherokee’s drag coefficient is around 0.37 compared with the 0.404 Cd of the 2009 Grand Cherokee

Press Release

Even More Capability for the Two Pillars of the Jeep Brand

  • Jeep capability reaches new heights with Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Wrangler Moab models
  • Grand Cherokee Trailhawk first shown as concept last Spring; quickly developed enthusiast following

Trailhawk is the most capable Grand Cherokee ever: solid steel rock rails, Goodyear Silent Armor all-terrain tires and standard Jeep Selec-Terrain and Quadra-Lift suspension systems
New Wrangler special edition pays homage to popular enthusiast off-roading venue; boasts winch-ready steel bumpers, rear limited-slip differential and available rear locker

September 4, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The best get even better... Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler – winners of the last two prestigious "Four Wheeler of the Year" awards from Four Wheeler magazine for their unmatched level of capability – will be available in two new, even more capable models for 2013.

The Jeep brand is introducing the new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Wrangler Moab editions, both of which feature off-road equipment never before offered on a production Jeep vehicle.

"With the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee, Jeep offers the most capable SUVs on the planet," said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "The new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Wrangler Moab models take our legendary Jeep capability to new heights, offering even more off-road features and performance, without sacrificing everyday comfort and drivability.

"We introduced Grand Cherokee Trailhawk as a concept at the Moab Easter Jeep Safari earlier this year and it quickly drew rave reviews among enthusiasts," Manley added. "The Wrangler Moab delivers rugged off-road features such as winch-ready steel bumpers, upgraded rock rails and an available rear-locker in a package that pays tribute to our most diehard Jeep enthusiasts and the off-road playground they love."

The limited-edition Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Wrangler Moab models arrive in showrooms in October.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

For 2013, Jeep announces the production version of the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk first seen as a concept at the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is evidence that even the most awarded SUV ever, and the most capable Grand Cherokee ever, can get even better.

The 2013 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is available with a V-6 or V-8 engine and includes the following capability-enhancing equipment:

- 18-inch Goodyear Silent Armor all-terrain tires with Kevlar reinforcement
Solid steel rock rail body protection

- Quadra-Lift air suspension, with nearly 11 inches of ground clearance

- Selec-Terrain traction control system with five settings: Snow, Rock, Sand/Mud, Sport and Auto
A Rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential (ELSD, V-8) that can transfer up to 100% of engine's torque to one rear wheel in order to keep the Jeep moving forward even in the most extreme situations

- Quadra-Track II or Quadra-Drive II (V-8) with a two-speed transfer case to help conquer the toughest obstacles

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is easily recognized with new signature red Trailhawk and Trail Rated badging and tow hooks, black-surround headlamps and a unique gray on the grille surround, side mirrors, rear light bar, 4x4 badge and five-spoke 18-inch aluminum wheels. A black hood decal with a red accent stripe helps reduce glare from the sun which can help the driver in extreme off-road situations.

Trailhawk-specific interior touches include black leather and performance suede seats with red accent stitching and Mopar slush floor mats front and rear.

The 2013 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is available in Bright White, Brilliant Black, Mineral Gray, Maximum Steel and Deep Cherry Red.

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