Climbing stage pylons as easily as rocks on California’s legendary Rubicon Trail, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk made its initial debut Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show.
Based in part off a popular 2012 Easter Jeep Safari Grand Cherokee concept of the same name, this new edition sports a ton of high end features and promises to be what Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) termed 'the most capable SUV ever’.
FCA also introduced the 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit during Wednesday's press conference, which they boast as 'the most luxurious SUV on the market.'
Both are expected on dealer lots by late Summer.
“With our new Trailhawk and Summit models, Jeep Grand Cherokee becomes even more capable and more luxurious,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand for FCA. “Our Cherokee and Renegade Trailhawk models are among our fastest selling and most sought-after models, and we are following that successful formula to provide consumers even more legendary Jeep 4x4 capability for Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever.”
“Our new Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is in direct response to consumers who continue to ask for even more luxury, craftsmanship and standard premium features in a full-size SUV packed with capability,” Manley added.
The new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk exterior features a front fascia and seven-slot Jeep grille that initially debuted on the 2016 Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary edition. The vehicle will also have Trailhawk-signature front and rear tow hooks, rugged 18-inch or optional 20-inch Goodyear Adventure off-road tires with Kevlar reinforcement, new red-accented Trailhawk and Trail Rated badges, mirror caps and a roof rack with Neutral Gray accents, as well as optional Mopar rock rails for added protection.
Inside, Trailhawk models feature a unique black interior with leather and suede performance seats, red accent stitching, brushed Piano Black appliques, gun-metal finish on all painted interior parts, a Trailhawk badge on the Jeep steering wheel, and red accent stitching on the seats, doors and console.
Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models will also sport a host of standard off-road capability features, including Jeep’s legendary Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system with rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential for all powertrains, a unique version of Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension that offers improved articulation and total suspension travel, as well as Selec-Speed Control with Hill Ascent Control.
Jeep will offer this Trailhawk with either the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine or its optional Hemi V-8, but not with the diesel engine.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models are available in Redline Red, Billet Silver, Bright White, Rhino, Granite Crystal, Velvet Red and Diamond Black Crystal.
The 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit’s exterior displays a new vision with an updated front fascia, grille and LED fog lamps, and new 20-inch polished aluminum wheels.
Inside is full leather interior which boasts a Nappa leather-wrapped dashboard, center console and door panels, and Laguna leather seats with edge welting.
All Summit models will come equipped with a suede premium headliner, lighted door sill, acoustic windshield and full side glass, premium carpeted mats and a Harmon/Kardon 19-speaker, 825 watt amp audio system with three subwoofers.
Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system is standard on all Summit models, as is Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Speed Control.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit models are available in Light Brown Stone, True Blue, Bright White, Ivory Pearl, Granite Crystal, Velvet Red, Diamond Black Crystal and Luxury Brown.
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