Jeep for a sa­fari

The Trail­hawk is built with 4WD en­thu­si­asts in mind

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@cars­

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

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