New, tougher, Grand Chero­kee on its way

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Fans of Jeep’s al­ready toughlook­ing and torque­ing Grand Chero­kee re­joice, the even stauncher Trail­hawk ver­sion is on its way here.

Grand Chero­kee Trail­hawk mod­els are equipped with a host of stan­dard off-road fea­tures, in­clud­ing Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4x4 sys­tem with rear Elec­tronic Lim­ited Slip Dif­fer­en­tial ( ELSD), a unique ver­sion of Grand Chero­kee’s Quadra-Lift air sus­pen­sion – de­vel­oped for 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.

Ap­proach an­gles on the Jeep Grand Chero­kee are 29.8 de­grees or 36.1 de­grees when the lower front fas­cia is re­moved for se­vere off-road­ing, while the breakover an­gle is 27.1 de­grees and the de­par­ture an­gle is 22.8 de­grees. Grand Chero­kee Trail­hawk mod­els of­fer up to 10.8 inches of ground clear­ance.

The Grand Chero­kee Trail­hawk can be dis­tin­guished from the out­side by a front fas­cia and seven-slot Jeep grille that de­buted on the 2016 Grand Chero­kee 75th An­niver­sary edi­tion, Trail­hawk-sig­na­ture red tow hooks in the front and rear, 18-inch Goodyear Ad­ven­ture off-road tyres, new Trail­hawk and Trail Rated badges with red ac­cents.

In­side Trail­hawk mod­els feature a unique black in­te­rior with leather and suede per­for­mance seats for com­fort and con­trol, red ac­cent stitch­ing, brushed Pi­ano Black ap­pliques, gun­metal fin­ish on all painted in­te­rior parts, a Trail­hawk badge on the Jeep steer­ing wheel, and red ac­cent stitch­ing on the seats, doors and con­sole.

A stan­dard 8.4-inch Ucon­nect touch screen in­cludes up­dated off-road pages show­ing wheel ar­tic­u­la­tion and other ve­hi­cle 4x4 ca­pa­bil­ity fea­tures, such as sus­pen­sion height and 4x4 and Selec-Ter­rain modes.

As stan­dard the Jeep Grand Chero­kee Trail­hawk is fit­ted with a 3.0 litre turbo-diesel en­gine which pro­duces 184kW of peak power and 550 NM of peak torque.

The new Jeep Grand Chero­kee Trail­hawk.

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