Jeep Australia has confirmed it will be continuing the current-generation Grand Cherokee for another year, as previously reported by PerformanceDrive, announcing the arrival of the Trailhawk variant for the second quarter of 2017.
The Grand Cherokee, also known as one of the most recalled new vehicles on the market, setting a record in 2014 for a whopping 11 safety-related recalls in one year, has been on sale in essentially the same form since 2011.
To give the SUV a refreshing stance in the market Jeep is launching the Trailhawk variant which promises impressive off-road capability. It comes with Quadra-Lift air suspension that can provide up to 274mm of ground clearance, along with hill ascent and hill descent control.
Other off-road-ready highlights include 18-inch alloy wheels with rugged off-road tyres, front and rear tow hooks, and a limited-slip differential at the rear. There’s also special skid plates underneath and an “anti-glare” bonnet.
For the passengers it’s usual Grand Cherokee with a sporty yet luxurious setting, with an 8.4-inch Uconnect interface taking charge of on-board entertainment and controls. Specific to the Trailhawk are piano black trimmings, gun-metal finishes, and red stitching, along with leather and suede upholstery.
Australian specs are yet to be finalised, however, in the US the model is available with the thirsty 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine, the diesel 3.0-litre V6 and the HEMI V8. We suspect the V8 will be dropped for Australia.