It is no secret that Jeep Vehicles are some of the most off-road capable SUVs on the market today. It could be argued, quite successfully, that Jeep invented the SUV. (If you look at history, they did in order to help tackle the terrain of Europe during WWII.) Today we want to talk about the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk that has been labels the most off-road ready trim of the Jeep Grand Cherokee line.
The new Trailhawk becomes the sixth trim level of the Grand Cherokee series, joining Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit, and the hot rod SRT.
Prices for the Jeep midsize SUV start at $29,995 and range to $64,695. Two option packages and three standalone items took the bottom line from a base of $43,095 to an as-tested price of $50,220. (These are just list prices and may be different at the All Star Jeep Dealership.)
Trailhawk is the most off-road-ready of all Grand Cherokees. Sold only with four-wheel drive, Trailhawk’s roster of standard gear includes Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with an electronic, limited-slip rear differential. Quadra-Drive includes selectable, low-range gearing.
The Selec-Terrain traction control system lets drivers choose from five driving conditions — sand, mud, auto, snow, and rock — each with coordinated settings for powertrain, suspension, and braking systems. Quadra-Lift air suspension is adapted for Trailhawk to provide increased suspension travel and improved articulation. Skid plates add protection for vital underbody components. Hill-ascent and hill-descent controls maintain a set, slow speed for traversing uphill/downhill grades, freeing the driver to concentrate on steering, without need to touch the pedals. Speed can be adjusted via steering wheel paddles. Unusually, hill-descent control can also be used in reverse. (This information was compiled from jeep.com and couriertimes.com.)
For more information on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, head to All Star Jeep Dealer near Clayton.