2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Even further competency

"The Jeep Grand Cherokee was already a more than skilled off-road warrior so imagine how the Trailhawk version is!" said Khaled.

"The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is one of the few SUVs on the market that can do it all."

"Newly available features include a self-parking system and lane departure intervention."

"Revisiting its off-road heritage."

During our trip to Las Vegas to cover the SEMA exhibition we had the opportunity to test drive the all-new 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Trailhawk edition, around the Grand Canyon in Nevada.

The new 2017 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trailhawk - the most capable factory-produced Grand Cherokee ever - further expands the Grand Cherokee lineup.

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 provide 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).

"With our new Trailhawk model, Jeep Grand Cherokee becomes even more capable," 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."

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 (274.32 mm) of ground clearance.

The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk exterior features a front fascia and seven-slot Jeep grille that debuted on the 2016 Grand Cherokee 75thh Anniversary edition, Trailhawk-signature red tow hooks in the front and rear, standard rugged 18-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 (213.36 mm) Uconnect touchscreen includes updated off-road pages showing wheel articulation and other vehicle 4x4 capability features, such as suspension height and 4x4 and Selec-Terrain modes.

The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk’s standard Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 is rated up to 295 hp (260 lb.-ft. of torque) and tows up to 2,182.3 kg while the available 5.7-liter V8 packs 360 hp (390 lb.-ft. of torque) with a best-in-class towing capacity of 3,356.6 kg.

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.

Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV ever and the vehicle that has long defined what a premium SUV should be. Legendary Jeep capability comes courtesy of three available 4x4 systems, Jeep’s Quadra-Lift air suspension system and a class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system with a crawl ratio of 44.1:1.

A refined exterior design - complete with available bi-xenon headlamps with signature LED daytime running lamps (DRL) - provides a premium appearance. Interior luxury is achieved with available premium amenities, including Natura leather, exotic open-pore wood trim and unique color offerings.

Verdict

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will take a significant spot in the Grand Cherokee lineup when it launches in the Levant and GCC regions. As we got used to it in the past, it’s a capable vehicle, particularly off-road, which is precisely what it is designed to be!
   
Pros: Excellent 4WD system and low range; exceptional ground clearance in tough conditions, great interior with abundant luxury and technology
Cons: Base V6 petrol has to work tough off-road, shy cargo capacity
Rivals: Toyota 4Runner TRD, Land Rover Discovery
one word: off-roady
4 stars

Specs

3.6-liter V6, 295 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 353 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
4WD, 8-speed auto
0-100 km,h: 7.7 sec, top speed: 189 km/h, fuel consumption: 11.2 L/100 km
Weight: 2,303 kg


5.7-liter V8, 360 hp @ 5,150 rpm, 529 Nm @ 4,250 rpm
4WD, 8-speed auto
0-100 km/h: 6.6 sec, top speed: 195 km/h, fuel consumption: 11.76 L/100 km
Weight: 2,415 kg

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