The Jeep Grand Cherokee, already the best there is as the most-awarded full-size SUV ever – will not be letting any trail anywhere remain unchallenged in 2017 as they introduced Trailhawk – a new and even more capable factory-produced off-road capable model to the Grand Cherokee lineup today at the New York International Auto Show.
Also revealed at the New York show today was the new 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit – more capable, more luxurious with more standard features than ever before.
“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 4×4 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.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
Back in 2012, Jeep introduced the “Trailhawk” name on a Grand Cherokee concept vehicle that debuted at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah that year. The Trailhawk moniker was intended to denote the unique, more rugged appearance and capability of the Grand Cherokee concept that was loaded up with features that gave it an increased level of off-road 4×4 capability.
The Trailhawk name moved to production with the introduction of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee, as the most off-road capable of four models (Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk), and then continued with the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade.
For 2017, it returns to the Grand Cherokee where it joins the iconic full-size SUV lineup as a sixth model for 2017 (Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit, SRT and now, Trailhawk).
The 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models will be equipped with a host of standard off-road capability features, including Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD) for all powertrains, a unique Trailhawk version of Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension 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 will also be standard.
To meet the challenges of off-road, Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models will offer up to 10.8 inches of ground clearance. The approach angles on the Jeep Grand Cherokee are 36.1 degrees when the lower front fascia is removed for extreme terrain (29.8 degrees normally) with the breakover angle at 27.1 degrees and departure angle of 22.8 degrees.
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk exterior features a front fascia and the classic seven-slot Jeep grille that debuted on the 2016 Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary edition. Also included are 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 4×4 capability features, such as suspension height and 4×4 and Selec-Terrain modes.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models will be available in Redline Red, Billet Silver, Bright White, Rhino, Granite Crystal, Velvet Red and Diamond Black Crystal exterior paints.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
Rolling into 2017 the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Packed will be packed with more standard features and premium amenities making it the most luxurious vehicle in the full-size SUV segment.
A new exterior look for the Grand Cherokee Summit’s boasts an updated front fascia, grille and LED fog lamps, with new 20-inch polished aluminum wheels.
Inside, stunning new full-wrap Laguna leather interior in Indigo and Ski Gray is just one of four color schemes to choose from (other colors are Black, Brown and Dark Sienna Brown). The full leather interior includes a Nappa leather-wrapped dashboard, center console and door panels, and Laguna leather seats with edge welting.
All Summit models come equipped with a suede premium headliner, lighted door sill, acoustic windshield and full side glass, Active Noise Cancellation, premium Berber carpet mats and a Harmon/Kardon 19-speaker, 825 watt amp audio system with three subwoofers.
Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with ELSD is standard on all Summit models, as is Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Speed Control.
Jeep has added an array of technological and other features (also standard) on the 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit, including auto-folding power mirrors, headlamp washers, Blind Spot Detection, Forward Collision Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control and, for the first time, Lane Departure Warning and Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit models are available in Light Brown Stone, True Blue, Bright White, Ivory Pearl, Granite Crystal, Velvet Red, Diamond Black Crystal and Luxury Brown exterior colors.
In addition, the 2017 Summit will have a California Edition appearance package available for added exterior appeal.
The new 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Summit models are scheduled arrive in Jeep showrooms in late summer. Pricing and other details will be made available closer to launch.