Last week, images of a slightly off-road-ified Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk leaked on the internet. At the time, no details were confirmed for the apparent special-edition Grand Cherokee. Today at the New York International Auto Show, Jeep officially debuted the Trailhawk . . . by driving it down a staircase.
Jeep calls this "the most capable factory-produced Grand Cherokee ever," and while that may not denote Wrangler Rubicon levels of off-road prowess, this special edition packs some decidedly upcountry add-ons. Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive and a rear electronic limited-slip differential aid in scrambling traction, specific tuning to the Quadra-Lift air suspension provides additional clearance and suspension flex, and Selec-Speed Control maintains a constant velocity when climbing up or down steep grades.
Jeep claims an approach angle of 29.8 degrees on the Trailhawk, rising to 36.1 degrees when the detachable lower front fascia is removed for severe off-roading. Breakover angle is 27.1 degrees and the departure angle is 22.8 degrees, with a claimed 10.8 inches of ground clearance. A full suite of skid plates, a glare-reducing matte black hood decal, and three red tow hooks (two front, one rear) complete the package.
The Trailhawk package is available with all three Grand Cherokee engine options (3.6-liter V6, 5.7-liter V8, or 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6) on standard 18-inch or optional 20-inch wheels.
Jeep also showed off the new ultra-luxurious Grand Cherokee Summit at the New York Auto Show. Think of it as Jeep's take on a Range Rover. This new top-of-the-line Grand Cherokee trim features a new front fascia, grille and fog lamps, along with ritzy 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. New Nappa leather upholstery, a suede headliner, and Berber carpeting h out the interior, while a 19-speaker Harmon/Kardon sound system with three subwoofers provides the thump.
The Summit packs pretty much every option you can festoon a Grand Cherokee with, including Quadra-Drive II with electronic limited-slip, blind spot and forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and parallel and perpendicular parking assistance.
Both the Trailhawk and the Summit will appear in Jeep dealerships late this summer. Pricing has not yet been announced.