2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Is the Best One to Take Off-Road

When Jeep puts the “Trailhawk” tag on its vehicles, it means business

That is even more true in the case of its flagship model, the Grand Cherokee. Following a preview in 2012 at the Easter Jeep Safari, where it made an appearance as a concept, the Grand Cherokee has finally received the Trailhawk treatment too, and you can now order it at your nearest dealer.

At the 2016 New York Auto Show, the SUV has finally received the Trailhawk treatment, and it comes with both hardware and styling upgrades.

The Trailhawk trim level will debut on 2017 models and will sit on top of the range, above the Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit, and SRT.

Essential mechanical upgrades for the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk include a standard Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD) for all powertrains, a tweaked 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 are also standard.

Approach angles are 29.8 degrees (36.1 degrees when the lower front fascia is removed for extreme off-roading) while the breakover angle is 27.1 degrees, and the departure angle is 22.8 degrees. Ground clearance is an impressive 10.8 inches.

Completing these functional upgrades are exterior tweaks including a new front fascia and seven-slot Jeep grille that debuted on the 2016 Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary edition, Trailhawk-signature red tow hooks in the front and rear, as well as standard 18-inch or optional 20-inch Goodyear Adventure off-road tires with Kevlar reinforcement. 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 are also standard.

For the interior, Jeep has chosen a unique black cabin with leather and suede performance seats, red accent stitching, brushed Piano Black trim, gunmetal finish on all painted interior parts, a Trailhawk badge on the steering wheel, and red accent stitching on the seats, doors and console. Standard equipment includes an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with updated off-road pages.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk arrives in showrooms in late summer.