Last week we reported on some apparently leaked photos of the new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. Today at the New York International Auto Show the vehicle was officially debuted, along with an updated Summit model. Let’s start with the most off-road capable factory-produced Grand Cherokee to date.
2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
The first Trailhawk concept appeared as a concept vehicle at the 2012 East Jeep Safari in Moab, UT, and appeared as 2013 and 2014 model year vehicles. We haven’t seen it since… until now (err, last week). The new ‘hawk gets more trail cred’ than other Grand Cherokee models thanks to its version of Jeep’s Quadra-Lift air suspension, which offers increased travel and improved articulation, according to the company. The Trailhawk also gets skid plates, an anti-glare hood decal, and Jeep’s Selec-Speed Control with hill ascent control. While we’re not sure exactly how much more travel the suspension has over standard Grand Cherokees, Jeep says the approach, departure, and breakover angles are 29.8, 22.8, and 27.1 degrees, respectively. The approach angle can be increased to 36.1 degrees by removing the lower front fascia.
Other enhancements to the Trailhawk include 18- or 20-inch off-road Goodyear Adventure tires, a roof rack, red tow hooks, a unique black leather and suede interior with red stitching, badges throughout, and special off-road pages within the touch screen that show articulation, suspension height, and 4×4 and Selec-Terrain modes. Exterior color options include Redline Red, Billet Silver, Bright White, Rhino, Granite Crystal, Velvet Red, and Diamond Black Crystal.
2017 Grand Cherokee Summit
Touted as “the most luxurious vehicle in the full-size SUV segment”, the 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit has an updated front fascia, grille, LED fog lamps, and new 20-inch polished aluminum rims. The interior, however, is the reason most potential buyers will be interested in the summit. Amenities include a full leather interior available in four color schemes, premium carpet, suede headliner, and a Harmon/Kardon 19-speaker audio system powered by 825 watts. It also comes with all the safety and convenience technologies you’d expect on a trim level of this nature. Auto-folding power mirrors, headlamp washers, blind spot detection, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and parallel and perpendicular park assist are all standard. Exterior color choices for the Summit are Light Brown Stone, True Blue, Bright White, Ivory Pearl, Granite Crystal, Velvet Red, Diamond Black Crystal and Luxury Brown.