Jeep is playing up its rough-and-tumble image with two new special-edition models that are designed for off-roading. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk was previewed at the Easter Jeep Safari in March, and now is debuting as a production model, while the Wrangler Moab is named for the tough trails of Moab, Utah.
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk transforms the company’s midsize SUV into a more capable machine for leaving pavement behind. The upgrades begin with 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Kevlar-reinforced tires, Quadra-Lift air suspension that can raise the Grand Cherokee by up to 11 inches, five-mode Selec-Terrain traction control, steel rock rails to protect the Jeep’s body, and an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential. Jeep showed off a vehicle like this in March, and reaction was so positive the company decided to put it into production.
Visual touches include red tow hooks, tinted headlight surrounds, a black hood decal designed to reduce glare from the sun, red-stitched leather seats, and special Mopar “slush” floor mats. Buyers can choose between the Grand Cherokee’s 3.6-liter V-6 or 5.7-liter V-8 engine, and from one of five paint colors: Bright White, Brilliant Black, Mineral Gray, Maximum Steel and Deep Cherry Red.
The 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Special Edition is similarly outfitted for traversing rough trails. Upgrades begin with gloss-black 17-inch wheels shod in Kevlar-reinforced Goodyear tires, a limited-slip rear differential, and steel bumpers and rock rails. The outside receives a new Mopar hood, fuel-filler door, taillight grilles, black fenders, and a matte-black front Jeep badge. Inside, the Wrangler Moab gets Iron Gray trim pieces, and durable slush floor mats.
The Jeep Wrangler Moab is based on the Sahara trim level and is available in either two-door or four-door Unlimited configurations. It can be painted one of six whimsically named colors: Crush, Dozer, Rock Lobster, Gecko, Black, or Bright White.