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2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk revealed

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk has been revealed at the New York Motor Show boasting a removable lower front fascia for improved approach angles off-road.

IMAGES OF THE Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk leaked onto the Internet last week, and now Jeep has revealed its latest Trailhawk (off-road oriented) model which joins the Renegade and Cherokee Trailhawk models. In addition to styling tweaks, like the addition of Trailhawk badges and some interior colour-contrasted stitching inside, it’s the functional features that will be of most interest to off-roaders. Maybe.

That said, Jeep hasn’t revealed full details to back up some of its claims… For instance, according to Jeep the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk gets an improved Quadra-Lift air suspension set-up “that offers improved articulation and total suspension travel,” but how? Bigger airbags? We’re waiting to hear back from Jeep.

Skid plates and a Trailhawk-specific anti-glare hood decal are also standard. Approach angles on the Jeep Grand Cherokee are 29.8 degrees or 36.1 degrees when the lower front fascia is removed for severe off-roading, while the breakover angle is 27.1 degrees and the departure angle is 22.8 degrees. Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models offer up to 270mm of ground clearance.

The Jeep brand introduced the “Trailhawk” name on the Grand Cherokee concept vehicle that first appeared at the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The idea, the brand says, “was to deliver a unique and more rugged appearance, with a host of functional features that resulted in an increased level of off-road 4×4 capability”.

The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk exterior features a 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, standard 18-inch or optional 20-inch Goodyear Adventure off-road tyres with Kevlar reinforcement, new Trailhawk and Trail Rated badges with red accents, mirror caps and a roof rack with Neutral Gray accents, and optional Mopar rock rails.

Jeep Australia hasn’t announced when the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will arrive Down Under or the pricing, but expect it to command a premium over other models in the range.


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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober