Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk confirmed for Australia

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.

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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.