Award-win­ner

NZ4WD - - New Model -

Just days after it has ar­rived in New Zealand Jeep show­rooms, the new Grand Chero­kee Trail­hawk was named US 4x4 magazine Four Wheeler’s 2017 SUV of The Year. “The ad­di­tion of the Trail­hawk to the Grand Chero­kee model line-up is yet another ex­am­ple of Jeep’s com­mit­ment to pro­duc­ing ve­hi­cles that are just as nim­ble and ca­pa­ble in the dirt as they are on the paved road,” said magazine edi­tor Ken Brubaker. “The Trail­hawk model takes a ca­pa­ble ve­hi­cle and makes it even bet­ter.” Over the course of a week, the magazine’s judges con­ducted a va­ri­ety of tests span­ning more than 1600 km of ter­rain that in­cluded pave­ment, gravel, dirt, sand, rocks, mud and snow at el­e­va­tions rang­ing from sea level to more than 3,000 me­tres. Dur­ing the off-road por­tion of test­ing, judges eval­u­ated vis­i­bil­ity from the driver seat, four-wheel-drive sys­tem se­lec­tion and per­for­mance, tyre per­for­mance and dura­bil­ity, en­gine power and cool­ing, trans­mis­sion func­tion and cool­ing, sus­pen­sion tun­ing and per­for­mance and trac­tion con­trol sys­tem func­tion. On the road they eval­u­ated han­dling, ride qual­ity, in­te­rior com­fort and steer­ing feel. Other fac­tors also taken into con­sid­er­a­tion in­cluded price, fuel ef­fi­ciency, tyre size and ramp travel in­dex ( RTI), which tests sus­pen­sion ar­tic­u­la­tion.

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