Jeep to roll out Grand Cherokee Trailhawk in 2013

Article by Anita Panait, on September 7, 2012

Jeep will roll out in 2013 the production version of the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, which was unveiled as a concept at the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Buyers could choose between two engine options for the 2013 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk: V-6 or V-8. The 2013 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk features these set of equipment: solid steel rock rail body protection; 18-inch Goodyear Silent Armor all-terrain tires with Kevlar reinforcement; and Quadra-Lift air suspension that gives the sports utility vehicle almost 11 inches of ground clearance.

The 2013 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is also fitted with a Selec-Terrain traction control system loaded with five settings: Snow, Rock, Sand/Mud, Sport and Auto. The SUV also boasts of a Rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential (ELSD, V-8), which could transmit up to 100% of the engine’s torque to one rear wheel to keep the vehicle moving forward even in extreme conditions.

Fitted with either Quadra-Track II or Quadra-Drive II (V-8) with a two-speed transfer case, the Trailhawk could easily overcome toughest obstructions. The newest version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee could be easily recognized thanks to its signature red Trailhawk and Trail Rated badging and tow hooks.

Other distinctive features include black-surround headlamps and a distinct gray on the grille surround, side mirrors and rear light bar as well as 4x4 badge and five-spoke 18-inch aluminum wheels.

The Trailhawk is fitted with a black hood decal with a red accent stripe to help minimize glare from the sun. Trailhawk-specific interior features include black leather and performance suede seats with red accent stitching and Mopar slush floor mats front and rear. The 2013 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk could be availed in five different finishes: Bright White, Brilliant Black, Mineral Gray, Maximum Steel and Deep Cherry Red.

Jeep has been proud of creating the premium SUV segment around 18 years ago when it launched the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Since then, the brand has sold more than 4 million units of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, thanks to the premium SUV’s capabilities and refinement on the road. Now, Jeep is continuing this tradition by further improving the Jeep Grand Cherokee for the 2011 model year.

Jeep has designed the new Grand Cherokee – underpinned by rear-wheel-drive unibody platform -- to deliver premium on-road capability while still featuring several elements typical of the brand like towing capability, the four-wheel drive system and torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case. Compared to the previous model, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee is around 11 percent more fuel efficient. Scott Kunselman, Vice President for Jeep/Truck Product Team at Chrysler LLC, remarked that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a product of listening to customers and the market, and as a result, it blends premium on-road performance with Jeep’s legendary off-road capability.

Furthering the off-road capability of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee is the new Quadra-Lift air suspension system, as complemented by the new Selec-Terrain system that enables drivers to pick a drive system most suitable for the current driving conditions. In addition, the premium SUV’s independent suspension systems on the front and rear help guarantee the premium comfort and on-road handling of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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