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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk – Offroad Test



2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk ready to go off-road: Live photos

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk ready to go off-road: Live photos
Andrew Ganz
9,895 views Mar 24, 2016

Jeep has revived its off road-oriented Trailhawk badge for the brand’s updated 2017 Grand Cherokee, which debuts today at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

With a moniker last used on the 2014 Grand Cherokee (although also offered on the smaller Cherokee), the Trailhawk model appears to slot in somewhere between the Laredo and Limited trim grades. Its main purpose is to improve the SUV’s capability when the going gets rough.

All Trailhawks will include the brand’s Quandra-Drive II transfer case and 4×4 system and an electronic limited slip rear differential. Building on those features, the Trailhawk gets its own version of the brand’s Quadra-Lift air suspension designed to improve wheel articulation off road.

At its highest setting, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk boasts a 29.8 degree approach angle. Remove the lower part of its front fascia and that figure skyrockets to 36.1 degrees. A departure angle of 22.8 degrees and a breakover angle of 27.1 degrees are also made possible by the air suspension.

Running ground clearance of the Trailhawk is an impressive 10.8 inches when outfitted with the standard 3.6-liter V-6 and the optional 20-in alloy wheels. Jeep hasn’t noted ground clearance for the available 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 or the 5.7-liter V-8 engine options, however.

Additionally, the Trailhawk also includes as standard Selec-Speed Control with Hill Ascent Control that works with the vehicle’s anti-lock braking system to keep the vehicle moving at a set speed up and down hills.

To keep the underbody protected from the elements, skid plates will be fitted to all Trailhawks.

Trailhawk will look the part thanks to its special red tow hooks and a black anti-glare hood decal. As you might expect, red-accented Trailhawk badging will be festooned all over the Jeep.

On the rubber front, 18-in wheels wrapped in Goodyear Adventure tires come as standard, while 20-in units are optional.

Inside, the changes are limited to model-specific leather and synthetic suede seat coverings, brushed piano black dash appliques, and red stitching.

Jeep says the 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will hit the market this summer. Pricing is likely to be announced shortly before Trailhawks hit dealer showrooms.
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  1. This is honestly amazing however you have a team out there guiding you through the trails. That make's it much safer. How would this hold up with an average driver just going out alone ? A normal driver would be terrified to go down those hills the way the car looked as it just dropped on some of climbs and obstacles.

  2. Hits dip in road, entire vehicle tips 3 feet into the air Claims amazing articulation Yeah I guess… for a minivan. Get fucking real, there hasn't been a Cherokee made since 2001, the death of the XJ was the end of the Cherokee, anybody that says different is a fucking mook. Get a clue people, go buy a $1000 Craigslist 4.0 XJ with the C8.25 rear end and shit on these turds all day long. Solid axles and straight six or hit the motha fuckin bricks!

  3. this 2017. jeep. look like. military. car. Very strong. people needed. must them. they. living. in country. border. Afghan. Iran Mexico border. with. USA. Africa some. business thanks. jeep

  4. I own a land rover discovery and i have been in more difficult trails with the rover, this jeep is for newbies. I will trade the one i have currently for the new velar. Now that is PRO.

  5. Jeep is doing good with the Trailhawk edition! I heard sales is going up a lot for the Trailhawk Series.

    2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk – 295hp to 360hp
    2017 Cherokee Trailhawk – 184hp to 271hp
    2017 Compass Trailhawk – 180hp
    2017 Renegade Trailhawk – 172hp

  6. FCA should spice things up and make mitsubishi made a new montero limited to compete with this, the current gen is amazing as it is and with all the new tech would be cool to see them side by side

  7. well, if YOU can´t think of any other car, which opens up a world like this, think again ! ever heard if audi or mercedes or porsche – brobably not, otherwise, you wouldn´t state this bs here –

  8. Awesome Jeep. Right up there with the wrangler rubicon for off roading do to it’s limited slip front and rear differential which makes it street worthy also with this set up from the factory. You have the best of both worlds. Especially if you get with the Hemi. Great all around Jeep. If it were only a body on frame. Definitely a favorite. Great job Jeep

  9. I got a brand new 2018 overland and oh man ! I feel like im in the batmobile. The thing is a beast ! and Rides nice and can tow ! love the air suspension system as well ! ?

  10. BODY DAMAGE…. anyone notice bumpers coming DOWN into hells gate @1:30? (interesting line second time gotta try that!) Shredded rock rails in Rubicon 5:50, bumpers damaged. I mean. Its NOT rated for Rubicon man.. I did take mine through Hells Revenge, it was actually easy (had a good spotter). Not a scratch… but going into the gate. The step is just too much. You need rear bumper protection or a new bumper : ) PSA/FYI

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