Future Models - Jeep 2016 Grand Cherokee
New York show: Jeep outs tougher Grand Cherokee
On the trail: Jeep's Grand Cherokee is to get an off-road capable Trailhawk version, falling into line with its Cherokee and Renegade siblings.
Off-the-shelf Trail Rated Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk coming with 2017 update
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24 March 2016
A TOUGHENED Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will join the Australian line-up as
part of a model range update at the end of the year, following its unveiling at
the New York International Auto Show overnight.
Fiat Chrylser Autombiles (FCA) Australia will also get a more luxurious version
of its swish Grand Cherokee Summit that also stepped out at the New York
The new pair are likely to join the Laredo, Limited and Overland in the current
Grand Cherokee range, while the updated versions of the Blackhawk and SRT are
expected at a later date.
FCA Australia senior manager of corporate communications Andrew Chesterton told
GoAuto that given the popularity of the model, the company was likely to take
any variants offered for the Grand Cherokee.
“We are expecting our model year 2017 Grand Cherokees to arrive by the end of
the year,” he said.
“The Grand Cherokee is a very big seller for us here in Australia so it stands
to reason that we would take anything and everything, whether it be Trailhawks,
Summits or anything else.”
Mr Chesterton said that while adventurous customers have always had the option
of upgrading their current-gen Grand Cherokee to a Trail Rated specification
with original equipment, the New York show Trailhawk would be a production
“You could always spec-up a Grand Cherokee to make it Trail Rated, but this is
the first time for this that we've done a straight-out-the-gate Trailhawk on
the Grand Cherokee so it's pretty exciting.”
With its Trail Rated gear, Jeep says its Trailhawk is the “most capable” Grand
Cherokee produced to date, which was conceptually born at the 2012 Easter Jeep
Safari in Moab, and was first offered in the WK2 Grand Cherokee in 2014.
For the facelifted version, the Jeep can go further off-road with a unique
version of the Quadra-Lift air suspension for increased travel and ride height,
while Selec-Speed Control makes climbing and descending steep slopes simpler.
Jeep says that detaching the unique lower front fascia increases the
Trailhawk's off-road ability and its equipment switched to its most ambitious
setting, the Trail Rated Grand Cherokee has a approach angle 36.1 degrees or
29.8 degrees with the fascia in place.
Departure angle is rated at 22.8 degrees, its breakover angle is 27.1 and the
Trailhawk has 274mm of ground clearance. Skid plates and Mopar rock rails are
fitted as standard in case those angles are exceeded.
An anti-glare bonnet, red accents and red towing points, 18-inch wheels or
optional 20-inch versions with kevlar-reinforced Goodyear Adventurer tyres
complete the exterior look.
On the inside, Trailhawks get black leather with red stitching to complement
the gun-metal and brushed black interior trim theme, while various off-road
information screens are accessible through the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen.
The Trailhawk was joined on stage in New York by its Summit sibling, showcasing
more comfort-focused features such as a choice of four Laguna leather colour
interiors with Nappa hide for the dashboard and a suede roof lining.
Active noise cancellation, acoustic windscreen and side glass reduce cabin
noise levels, while an 825-watt Harman Kardon stereo with 19 speakers increases
Other standard kit includes blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning,
adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and parallel and perpendicular
Trailhawk Grand Cherokees are available in a choice of seven colours, while the
Summit gets an extra hue.