2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Australia – You might be forgiven for asking why Jeep engineers would take a currently remarkable off-roader and make it well, more off-road. Is that even a word? Anyway, you understand exactly what I indicate. The Jeep Grand Cherokee– with difficult diffs and off-road modes– was currently a more than proficient dirt track warrior, now the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is much more capable and it’s all thanks to the addition of ‘Trailhawk’ to the title. That’s the response Collin Shaw– Worldwide Jeep Marketing and Brand name Management– used when we presented the concern as to why the Grand Cherokee needed to be conditioned much more. With the Grand Cherokee attaining Trailhawk specification, just the Wrangler sits above as Jeep’s many capable off-roaders.
That point is maybe the most relevant in 2017. Land Rover reset the overall bar with the Discovery– a car that was comfortable and luxurious on-road around town, but strongly capable off-road. Expectations have actually been raised and any high-end SUV must be able to get to the off-road path with composure and comfort, something that was seldom an alternative inside the cabin of a proper 4WD.
Outside there’s not a lot that’s changed, but exactly what has altered has actually been effected to condition the Grand Cherokee’s outside. The majority of the brightwork is gone, replaced instead with darker tones, there are new alloy wheels, and specifically created Goodyear Experience off-road tires with Kevlar support. You’ll likewise discover Jeep’s signature durable red tow hooks front and rear. Mopar rock rails condition the sills and there are four skid plates fitted to protect important elements below the car.
Under the skin, there is Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4WD system with an electronic LSD at the rear, a bespoke variation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Speed Control with hill-descent and hill-ascent. Technique angles are an outstanding 29.8 degrees (up to 36.1 degrees with the front fascia eliminated for hardcore off-roading) and while the departures angle is 22.8 degrees. Ramp over is 27.1 degrees and with the suspension maxed out at its highest setting, there’s a major 274mm of clearance.
Inside the cabin, the most noticeable modification is the addition of stylish SRT seats as part of a unique black interior with leather and suede trim. There’s red accent stitching, brushed piano black highlights, gunmetal surface for all painted interior parts and Trailhawk badging. The standard Uconnect infotainment system includes an 8.4-inch touch screen with updated off-road pages that relay info like wheel articulation, suspension height and Selec-Terrain modes.
Engine and Performance
In the United States, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk will come standard with the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine s with the both diesel and Hemi V8 engines as options. In Australia, the 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 engine is guaranteed, while FCA isn’t really yet sure whether either of the fuel engines will be offered in Trailhawk guise. On test in Nevada, we drove the 3.6-litre gas engine, but it deserves examining the specs of the diesel motor. With 179kW at 3600rpm and 569Nm at 2000rpm, the oiler makes sense for anybody wishing to head off-road typically, and it works beautifully with the low range transmission as we have actually experienced prior to. While the base petrol engine is up to the job off-road, you ‘d be ridiculous to go with anything aside from the diesel for travel into remote locations in Australia.
We deal with 95km on-road first off at launch as we moving towards the Valley Of Fire National forest outside Las Vegas. The V6 gas engine is quiet and improved at highway speed, has sufficient poke for roll on surpassing and gets about the task at hand in lovely unruffled fashion. The remarkably smooth highway network in and around Las Vegas does not challenge the roadway suspension tune, however, the Jeep’s air suspension is, however, excellent. We’ll be better able to report on the Cherokee’s urban trip, though, once we present it to a few of Sydney’s finest roads.
2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Australia
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will take an essential location in the Grand Cherokee lineup when it releases in Australia, and it will have to help the brand name gain back some of the ground it has actually lost thanks to problems with the existing design. It’s a qualified vehicle, though, especially off-road, which is precisely what it is designed to be.