Jeep is constantly looking for interesting ways to revamp their offerings, and that was clearly evident following the recent announcement of two new Grand Cherokee model options. The new Trailhawk and Summit versions of the full-size SUV won’t be hitting dealerships until the 2017 model year, but it’s never too early to get excited about any of the brand’s new choices.
“With our new Trailhawk and Summit models, Jeep Grand Cherokee becomes even more capable and more luxurious,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Our Cherokee and Renegade Trailhawk models are among our fastest selling and most sought-after models, and we are following that successful formula to provide consumers even more legendary Jeep 4×4 capability for Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever.
Of course, to appreciate what these models will be bringing to the Grand Cherokee, it’s first important to understand all that the current model has to offer…
2016 Grand Cherokee
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is perhaps the premier full-size SUV. The vehicle is as striking as it is capable. The stylish ride has earned the brand’s Trail Rated badge thanks to its accompanying mechanics and engines. Three engine options (particularly the incredible 5.7-liter V8) provide optimal power, meaning drivers can get through any bizarre off-roading course. A variety of mechanical inclusions help put the Grand Cherokee’s capabilities over the top, like the Quadra-Lift Air Suspension System, the gas-saving Eco Mode, and the Selec-Speed Control.
Of course, it’s also worth focusing on that previously-mentioned style. The Grand Cherokee is one of the more breathtaking options in the segment, considering that such automotive beauty isn’t often witnessed traversing off-roading trails. While traveling, occupants can enjoy a variety of technological features, no matter whether they are seated in the front or back. Rear passengers can appreciate the dual-screen Blu-Ray/DVD Entertainment System, while front passengers will appreciate the touchscreen and customizable cluster.
Jeep enthusiasts may be somewhat familiar with the Trailhawk name, as it was originally attached to the concept vehicle unveiled at the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The name was also included as the top-end model for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, an option that continues to be offered today. Engineers were hoping to make this particular model different than the brand’s other offerings. As a result, they found themselves designing one of the most rugged and durable Grand Cherokees ever produced.
To help maximize the off-roading capabilities, the brand added their Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential. The system provides similar capabilities as the Quadra-Lift air suspension system, meaning drivers can adjust the height of their Grand Cherokee to overcome any obstacle (up to 10.8-inches of ground clearance). The revamped technology improves “articulation and total suspension travel,” thus providing the safest and best possible driving experience. The model is also equipped with the Selec-Speed Control with Hill Ascent Control. When you’re traveling on a steep incline or decline, the new Grand Cherokee will provide optimal traction and braking to keep your vehicle in control.
The exterior includes the familiar front fascia and seven-slot grille that were originally featured on the 2016 Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary edition. Owners will have their choice of the standard 18-inch or optional 20-inch Goodyear Adventure off-road tires (with Kevlar reinforcement). The Trailhawk also offers signature red tow hooks, skid plates, mirror caps and a roof rack.
Admirers will distinguish your Trailhawk from other Jeeps thanks to a variety of exterior features, including an anti-glare hood decal and Trailhawk/Trail Rated badges. Plus, the vehicle is available in several unique color options:
- Redline Red
- Billet Silver
- Bright White
- Granite Crystal
- Velvet Red
- Diamond Black Crystal
Head to the inside of the Grand Cherokee, and you’ll find a black interior composed of leather and suede performance seats. The material is as comfortable as it is sleek, highlighted throughout by red accent stitching. The interior also delivers Piano Black appliques and a unique gun-metal finish. The model includes the brand’s 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen, which will allow drivers to access an assortment of off-roading information, like wheel articulation or suspension height.
If you’re looking for the utmost luxury from your full-size SUV, you won’t have to look any further than the new 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit. The vehicle will provide a number of opulent features both inside and out.
“Our new Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is in direct response to consumers who continue to ask for even more luxury, craftsmanship and standard premium features in a full-size SUV packed with capability,” Manley added.
The exterior is highlighted by a new front fascia, grille, and LED fog lamps, as well as 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. On the inside, drivers will find a Laguna leather interior featuring peaceful shades like Indigo and Ski Gray. The Nappa leather-wrapped dashboard, center console and door panels couple with the Laguna leather seats for one of the most extravagant interiors in the class.
The model also provides a number of comfort and safety features that will help improve the drive and ride experience for everyone. Thanks to the Active Noise Cancellation capabilities, drivers won’t be bothered by howling wind. As a result, they can better appreciate their music via the Harmon/Kardon 19-speaker, 825-watt amp audio system (with three subwoofers). Safety features like Blind Spot Detection, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning will keep your Grand Cherokee out of harm’s way, meaning you can preserve all of the nameplate’s style.
The Grand Cherokee is one of the most popular SUVs on the market, so we wouldn’t blame the brand’s engineers for consistently rolling out the same features and capabilities. You’ll often see this logic from a number of major brands. The company recognizes that customers appreciate a particular nameplate, so they refuse to make any significant changes. However, this often leads to stale nameplates, which could ultimately doom a specific model.
Luckily, Jeeps engineers have continually found ways to make their Jeep Grand Cherokee new and exciting. The offerings from the two upcoming trims can’t be found elsewhere in the SUV segment, and the accompanying features and capabilities only add to the style and abilities of the current Grand Cherokee.