Jeep’s Trailhawk line of off-road vehicles grew this week with the debut of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. The Trailhawk trim-level was first made available on the Grand Cherokee in 2013, however it only lasted one model year before it was discontinued.
This version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk features similar exterior styling pieces to the Cherokee Trailhawk and Renegade Trailhawk. These include Red Trailhawk badges and Jeep badges, red tow hooks, matte-black hood graphics, model exclusive wheels and black trim. The Grand Cherokee wears these changes well, in our opinion, especially the new optional 20-inch wheels.
Like the exterior, the Grand Cherokee’s cabin features similar appointments to the Cherokee and Renegade Trailhawk’s cabin. These include black leather and suede seats, red stitching and piano black trim pieces. There’s also a red Trailhawk badge on the steering wheel and exclusive off-road display modes for the infotainment system and 8.4-inch color touch screen. We approve of the subtle changes and feel as though they compliment the exterior revisions well.
The Grand Cherokee in Trailhawk trim will be available in conjunction with Jeep’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or 5.7-liter HEMI V8. Unfortuantely, the 3.0-liter V6 diesel won’t make its way under the hood of the Trailhawk, which is one of our only complaints about the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk.
Jeep made a good decision in reapplying the Trailhawk nameplate to the Grand Cherokee, in our opinion. Now those customers that want the refinement, comfort and size that comes along with the Grand Cherokee can do so without sacrificing much off-road capability. Shame about that diesel, though.