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Freshly arrived in New Zealand, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk recognized with respected award from leading off-road enthusiast publication

Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models are equipped with an array of off-road features that make it the most capable factory-produced Jeep Grand Cherokee ever

Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV ever

Just days after it has arrived in New Zealand Jeep showrooms, the new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk has been named FOUR WHEELER “2017 SUV of the Year” which is  given annually by the editors of the opinion-leading off-road enthusiast publication.

“The addition of the Trailhawk to the Grand Cherokee model lineup 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 FOUR WHEELER Editor Ken Brubaker. “The Trailhawk model, which includes a unique version of Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension to improve articulation and suspension travel, takes a capable vehicle and makes it even better. In addition to the great functional upgrades, the Trailhawk package adds a number of visual tweaks to create a handsome and rugged appearance.” 

Over the course of a week, FOUR WHEELER’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, tire performance and durability, engine power and cooling, transmission function and cooling, suspension tuning and performance and traction control system function. Judges spent time on-road evaluating driving characteristics, such as handling, ride quality, interior comfort and steering feel. Other factors also taken into consideration include price, fuel efficiency, tire size and ramp travel index (RTI), which tests suspension articulation. 

“The new Trailhawk model is the most capable Grand Cherokee ever produced, and we’re delighted it’s arrived in New Zealand Jeep showrooms at the same time as the FOUR WHEELER editors have recognized its outstanding combination of off-road features,” said David Smitherman, Chief Executive Officer of Fiat Chrysler New Zealand. “Trailhawk has instantly provided Grand Cherokee customers in New Zealand even more legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, and I have no doubt that it will quickly become one of the most sought-after models in our line-up as Kiwis look for new and even more exciting ways to get even further off-road!”

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, which was first seen as a concept at the Jeep Safari, the annual event at Moab in Utah which Jeep uses to hint at future product plans, delivers a unique and more rugged appearance, with a host of functional features that resulted in an increased level of off-road 4x4 capability.

Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models are equipped with a host of standard off-road capability 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 exterior features 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, standard rugged 18-inch Goodyear Adventure off-road tires with Kevlar reinforcement, new Trailhawk and Trail Rated badges with red accents, mirror caps and a roof rack with Neutral Gray 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, 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. 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 the award-winning 3.0 litre Turbo Diesel engine which, with 550 NM of torque, is ideal for coping with the harshest of off road conditions, while the 184 kW of power makes it equally adept on the road.

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee range
In addition to the arrival of the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk for 2017, Jeep has also made a range of enhancements and improvements to the whole Grand Cherokee range. These further add to the unique breadth and depth of abilities offered by the Grand Cherokee range, from the economy of the Turbo Diesel, to the blistering performance of the SRT, by way of the real SUV value for money offered by the Lardeo to the true rich luxury of the Overland.

The most visible of these improvements include:

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Limited, Overland, and Trailhawk models utilize front fascia and seven-slot Jeep grille that debuted on the 2016 Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary edition.

Grand Cherokee SRT model features new, exclusive front fascia, fog lamps, grille and Signature leather interior package.
Rearview camera and rear park sensors are now standard on all Jeep Grand Cherokee models.

LED daytime running lamps

The latest uConnect telematics system is now fitted across the range. It offers new graphics, new levels of connectivity,