GRAND PLANS

4 x 4 Australia - - Thescore -

A NEW MODEL for the 2017 Jeep Grand Chero­kee range has been an­nounced in the US. The new rig im­proves the pre­mium wagon’s of­froad ca­pa­bil­ity and boosts the line-up to six.

Called the Grand Chero­kee Trail­hawk, the new model has a unique ver­sion of Grand Chero­kee’s Quadra-lift air sus­pen­sion – de­vel­oped for the Trail­hawk – that of­fers im­proved ar­tic­u­la­tion and to­tal sus­pen­sion travel, as well as Selec-speed Con­trol with Hill As­cent Con­trol. Skid plates and a Trail­hawk-spe­cific anti-glare hood de­cal are also stan­dard.

This is in ad­di­tion to the stan­dard 4WD kit, in­clud­ing the Quadra-drive II 4x4 sys­tem with a rear Elec­tronic Lim­ited Slip Dif­fer­en­tial.

The Trail­hawk’s ap­proach an­gle is 29.8 de­grees – or 36.1 de­grees when the lower front bumper is re­moved – while breakover an­gle is 27.1 de­grees and de­par­ture an­gle is 22.8 de­grees. Ground clear­ance with the air sus­pen­sion raised to its high­est set­ting is 274mm.

The Trail­hawk shares the front bumper and grille from the 2016 Grand Chero­kee 75th An­niver­sary edi­tion, but has unique red re­cov­ery hooks front and rear, 18-inch (or op­tional 20-inch) Goodyear Ad­ven­ture off-road tyres with Kevlar re­in­force­ment, Trail­hawk and Trail Rated badges with red ac­cents, mir­ror caps, and a roof rack with Neu­tral Gray ac­cents. Mopar sill slider rails are an op­tion.

The Trail­hawk is treated to unique black leather and suede seats (‘per­for­mance’ seats at the front), brushed Pi­ano Black ap­pliques, gun­metal-fin­ish painted parts, a Trail­hawk badge on the steer­ing wheel, and red stitch­ing on the seats, doors and con­sole.

Fiat Chrysler Au­to­mo­biles Aus­tralia is hop­ing to get the Trail­hawk here. Spokesman An­drew Ch­ester­ton said: “We’re ex­pect­ing our MY17 ve­hi­cles here by the end of the year, and we’d be very ex­cited by the prospect of a Grand Chero­kee Trail­hawk.”

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