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Off-road-aimed Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk gets judged on its on-road credentials

17 Dec 2018

JEEP’S WK2-series Grand Cherokee has been around for a while, with the large SUV breaking cover at the New York Auto Show in April 2009. For those of you playing at home, that’s coming up to 10 years ago. 
Needless to say, despite its three facelifts, the Grand Cherokee is somewhat of a veteran, soldiering through one of the toughest periods for Jeep.
Of course, the American brand prides itself on its ‘Don’t Hold Back’ mantra, which sees some enthusiastic owners tackle off-road adventures in their model of choice. 
Being Jeep’s most family-friendly offering, the Grand Cherokee often finds itself tackling the road less travelled. Knowing this, the marque has permanently reintroduced the focused Trailhawk variant as part of its most recent facelift.
However, like most SUVs – even those with genuine off-road chops – some Grand Cherokees find themselves inevitably sentenced to the urban commute. 
Given the Trailhawk is the most capable of its breed, it makes no sense to buy one and never put it through its paces off the beaten track … but such situations happen all too often. Looking to emulate this experience, that’s exactly what we did with the Trailhawk. 
Read on to see how it fared as an everyday runabout.
Model release date: 1 May 2017

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