Jeep for a safari
The Trailhawk is built with 4WD enthusiasts in mind
A BUSH-BASHING Grand Cherokee has joined the Jeep line-up but with a shipment of just 160 vehicles the big SUV isn’t likely to last long.
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk costs $68,000, an $18,000 premium over the base-spec Laredo turbo diesel or a $2000 discount on the range-topping Overland fitted with similar interior spec and the same 177kW/550Nm V6.
The Trailhawk is kitted out with Quadra Drive II matched to air suspension, full underbody protection, Mopar rock rails, all-terrain rubber on 18-inch wheels and a massive Trailhawk bonnet decal showing the world this is a serious off-roader.
Jeep spokeswoman Karla Leach says the special edition reflects customer interest in genuine add-ons.
‘‘ We know that many of our customers like to accessorise their vehicles, to enhance their off-road experience and to personalise their car,’’ she says.
‘‘ The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk delivers an impressive list of popular 4WD enhancements as well as some exterior additions, so it will be popular with not only those who like to get off the bitumen, but also drivers who like to stand out from the crowd.’’
It will be sold in any colour you like, as long as it is Striking Bright White. Black headlamp surrounds, grey grille and side mirror caps and red tow hooks and Trailhawk badging identify the car as the most serious offroader in the already capable Grand Cherokee line-up.
Insider, there are leather and suede heated seats emblazoned with the Trailhawk insignia, satnav and reversing camera on the seven-inch screen, power tailgate, heated steering wheel and Mopar slush mats.
The vehicle was first shown as a concept at the Moab Jeep Safari in Michigan this time last year. The enthusiastic response from the Jeep faithful earned it a production run.
Any colour you like: As long as you want your Trailhawk in
Striking Bright White