It’s Here! A 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Joins The Four Wheeler Long-Term Test Fleet!Posted in Features on May 16, 2017
We’ve been handed the keys to a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and are pleased to add it to the stable of vehicles in the Four Wheeler long-term test fleet!
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk won the grueling, weeklong Four Wheeler 2017 SUV of the Year (SUVOTY) competition due to its incredible on- and off-road capability. With the new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk in our hands for yearlong testing, we have the opportunity to further operate the vehicle just like a typical owner would, using it in a variety of situations both on- and off-road. We plan on covering thousands of miles on pavement and dirt in the Jeep over the next year and report to you what we learn on a variety of aspects including the Trailhawk’s performance, as well as its overall functionality and long-term durability.
The Trailhawk model, which includes a unique version of Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension to improve articulation and suspension travel, notched the SUVOTY win easily and was applauded by our group of seasoned test drivers. “The 5.7L Hemi backed with the eight-speed ZF transmission is one of the best combos in the industry today,” said one judge. A few other notable mechanical aspects of the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk were the 265/60R18 (30.5-inch-diameter) Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar tires, rock sliders, skidplates, and front and rear towhooks.
Other comments about the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk included its “high degree of scootability” on the sand, it was “surefooted and comfortable,” on graded roads, and “stable and agile” on rocky trails. The Trailhawk’s 4WD mode selection was “seamless and immediate” and low range locked in quickly. One judge’s notes also included, “especially maneuverable on narrow shelf trails with tight corners.”
As much as the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk excelled off-road, it gave up nothing in on-road manners and performance. The steering was “well-balanced and dialed,” braking was “sure and predictable,” and power was “ample and smooth.” Other comments included, “carves corners,” “no excess body roll,” and “quick and spirited.”
We commented that the Trailhawk was like a mountain goat in a tuxedo, with exceptional capability paired with great looks. The first thing we did after getting the keys to our long-term Trailhawk was to spend a day wheeling in the local canyons and mountains. Rest assured there will be many more off-road adventures in the near future for this 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, so stay tuned to fourwheeler.com, our social media channels, and the pages of Four Wheeler for regular Trailhawk updates.