GRAND CHEROKEE TRAILHAWK LANDS

TRAILHAWK HEADLINES JEEP’S FACELIFTED GRAND CHEROKEE RANGE.

WORDS TRISTAN TANCREDI

JEEP has launched its updated Grand Cherokee range in Australia, and it’s headlined by the arrival of the off-roadfocused Trailhawk.

The all-new Trailhawk, priced from $74K, has the same 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 (184kW/570Nm) mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission as found in the rest of the range. Thanks to Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system (which features an electronic limited-slip rear diff) and a Quadra-Lift air suspension tune, the trailready Jeep has improved wheel articulation and a ground clearance of 260mm – the highest clearance ever for a Grand Cherokee.

The Trailhawk’s belly is afforded protection via four underbody skid plates, while red front tow hooks, a matte black bonnet decal, and neutral grey mirrors and grille give the 4x4 an aesthetic boost.

“The arrival of the new Trailhawk model, with its heightened off-road abilities, is particularly exciting for Australia, a nation whose core values resonate strongly with Jeep’s love of freedom and adventure,” Jeep Australia Director, Guillaume Drelon, said.

Jeep has also updated the rest of its Grand Cherokee 4x4 range, beginning with the 3.6-litre V6 Laredo (priced from $52,500). While at the other end of the spectrum is the 6.4-litre V8 SRT (priced from $91,000).

It is good news for 3.6-

litre Pentastar V6-powered variants (Laredo and Limited), as they’ve been injected with a power increase to reach 213kW, as well as a four per cent fuel-economy improvement.

Drivetrain revisions also include a new electric power steering system and an Eco Mode as part of the eightspeed auto transmission.

Plus, a Gen II transmission has been developed for 4x4 diesel variants.

Further changes to the range include exterior refreshments – new grille, headlamps, front fascia and LED fogs. A new range of 18- and 20-inch wheels are also now available, as well as six new exterior colours.

The Grand Cherokee range introduces LaneSense Lane Departure Warning Plus, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, and a Rear Trailer Hitch Camera View.

Towing capacity across the board remains at 3500kg.

All 4x4 models (except the SRT) now have Jeep’s new Off Road Pages installed within the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen.

“The updated Grand Cherokee range is not only more refined on-road and more capable off-road, we’ve bolstered its safety credentials and made it even better value for money,” Mr Drelon added.

All Jeep models are covered by Jeep’s ‘There & Back Guarantee’. The updated Grand Cherokee range hit showrooms in March, 2017.

PRICING

MODEL ENGINE POWER / TORQUE TRANSMISSION MSRP

Laredo 3.6-litre V6 213kW/347Nm 8AT, RWD $47,500 Laredo 3.6-litre V6 213kW/347Nm 8AT, 4x4 $52,500 Laredo 3.0-litre TDV6 184kW/570Nm 8AT, 4x4 $59,000 Limited 3.6-litre V6 213kW/347Nm 8AT, 4x4 $62,500 Limited 3.0-litre TDV6 184kW/570Nm 8AT, 4x4 $69,000 Trailhawk 3.0-litre TDV6 184kW/570Nm 8AT, 4x4 $74,000 Overland 3.0-litre TDV6 184kW/570Nm 8AT, 4x4 $80,000 SRT 6.4-litre V8 344kW/624Nm 8AT, 4x4 $91,000