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.