When we see the Trailhawk badge on any Jeep product, we notice right away that we are getting a hardcore off-road vehicle. Sometimes, this impression is accurate. Other times, some people could be disappointed. But right now, everything looks like we are getting a proper off-roader.
During the 2017 New York Auto Show, Jeep debuted the spectacular 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, the off-road version of an already great SUV. We recently talked about the 2016 Grand Cherokee, a wonderful and nothing-disappointing utility vehicle that packed more than enough valuable features, including decent off-road skills.
But the history of the Trailhawk version is strange when it comes about the involvement of the Grand Cherokee model. The first Trailhawk version launched by Jeep was one based on the Grand Cherokee, back in 2013. After that, this hardcore badge was only used in smaller vehicles of the lineup, like the Renegade and the Cherokee.
So, this new model represents the interesting return of the Trailhawk badge to the bigger SUV offered by Jeep. With a base model already being highly capable of hitting unpaved roads, we can only expect marvels from this version. Let’s take a further look.
Specs and Engines for the Trailhawk
The 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will have three different powerplants to choose, being one standard and the rest optional. First, the standard engine is the already-known 3.6 L V6 that we see in base Grand Cherokee trim level. The other two are an EcoDiesel V6 and the mighty Hemi V8.
Along with any powerplant, this extreme SUV will feature the Quadra-Drive II, the amazing four-wheel-drive system developed by Jeep. This transmission system represents the most powerful and capable for off-road purposes. An electronic limited-slip differential comes as standard, just like the skid plates to protect to protect the mechanics and the hill ascent/descent control.
Goodyear will provide, as standard, a set of 18-inch Kevlar-reinforced Adventure tires for our pleasure. The Trailhawk badge also includes the same adjustable air suspension that is optional for other Grand Cherokee presentations.
While some people thought that his exciting variant would come with epic Hellcat powerplant that produces more than 700 horsepower, this honor will correspond to the SRT Trackhawk variant coming next year.
Visual Changes and Interior
Differences between the 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and other trim levels are notable when we see it. At the front, a pair of red tow hooks emerges from the bumper. On the hood, a black-matte decal creates a younger appearance. Both door mirrors are painted with gray for improved seriousness.
And let’s not forget the sexy “Trail-Rated” badges all over the SUV. Paint jobs are really interesting, going from the Granite Crystal to the Redline Red. In total, users will choose between seven different colors, all of them quite unique for this version.
Inside the cabin, things are more conservative. We are not getting the same attitude from the exterior but something more serious. Black leather and microsuede along with red stitching are used to upholster the highly comfortable seats. The dashboard enjoys black and gray trimming, finishing the overall style of the interior.
Trailhawk badges are quite abundant inside the cabin. The red lettering is found on the upholstery. As another valuable standard item inside, the 8.4-inch touchscreen is in charge of the Uconnect infotainment system, developed in detail by Chrysler. Besides of managing the infotainment platform, we can adjust the suspension, wheel articulation, and much more through the touchscreen.
The Bottom Line: In the Middle of a Fancy Lineup
The 2007 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is going to be in the middle of the trim levels, representing an affordable alternative. More optional items will be available, ready to upgrade the off-road experience, just like the Mopar rock rails for enhanced protection against boulder impacts.
Prices are about to be announced.