What Is It?
Jeep expands its already impressive off-road portfolio with the launch of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. Although the Grand Cherokee is already a pretty good off-road vehicle in its own right, the Trailhawk treatment takes Jeep’s most recognizable SUV back to its early rugged roots.
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk distinguishes itself with unique 18-inch wheels, a matte-black hood decal and signature Trailhawk red front tow hooks. Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4-wheel-drive system is standard, as is an air suspension that affords the Grand Cherokee up to 10.8 inches of ground clearance. Other standard features include an electronic limited-slip differential and Jeep’s Selec-Speed Control with Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control.
To protect your investment while crawling over boulder-strewn trails, Jeep adds additional skid plates and Kevlar-reinforced Goodyear Adventure tires. Jeep permits easy removal of the lower front fascia, a trick that improves the approach angles from 29.8 to 31.6 degrees. Power is supplied by the 3.6-liter V6, with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 optional. Sadly, the diesel engine is not offered this year.
Inside, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk gets unique black leather and suede seats with red Trailhawk-embroidered logos. Jeep’s 8.4-in Uconnect touchscreen has been upgraded to include screens that display graphics for wheel articulation, suspension settings and Selec-Terrain modes.
Pricing has not yet been announced, but expect the Trailhawk version to be near the middle to upper end of the Grand Cherokee price range, probably right around $45,000.
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Jeeps were designed to be taken off-road, but with trims such as the Limited and SRT, the Grand Cherokee has morphed into more of an on-road warrior. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk remedies this situation, offering an unapologetic off-road variant that leaves no doubt about its intended purpose in life.
Other Cars to Consider
2016 Ford Explorer — The Explorer offers equally good options for power, safety and comfort, plus it offers the option of a third-row seat.
2016 Land Rover Discovery — The Discovery also offers 3-row seating, and its off-road chops are pretty good, although it’s not as rugged or powerful as the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk.
2016 Jeep Wrangler — The Wrangler can go anyplace the Grand Cherokee can, even some places the Grand Cherokee can’t. The Wrangler may not be as luxurious or buttoned-up as its big brother, but it is nowhere near as expensive, either.
2016 Toyota Land Cruiser — The Land Cruiser will cost significantly more, but it delivers more interior room, a larger tow rating and Toyota quality and reliability.
Used Land Rover Range Rover Sport — The Range Rover Sport is an impressive hulk of an SUV, as capable off-road as it is luxurious.