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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Adds Trailhawk, Updates Summit Packages

Trailhawk capability comes to the Grand Cherokee.

Finally, after a four-year absence, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is again offered in off-road-ready Trailhawk guise. Like the smaller Cherokee Trailhawk and Renegade Trailhawk, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk adds a heap of trail-rated hardware to ensure the Grand Cherokee can play mountain goat when the road turns rough.

Underneath the fancy new Trailhawk badge, the SUV packs Jeep's ubiquitous Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system, mounted on an air suspension system bespoke to the Trailhawk. Protecting all these chassis goodies is a heavy-duty skidplate in front. With standard 18-inch wheels and optional 20-inch wheels wrapped with Goodyear Adventure off-road tires, the Trailhawk's on-trail capability has improved. Despite the new suspension, the Trailhawk's on-trail ability hasn't changed over the regular 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee equipped with the air suspension, with an approach angle of 36.1 degrees (with the front air dam removed), ramp breakover at 22.8 degrees, and departure angle at 27.1 degrees. Ground clearance improves 0.4 inches to 10.8 inches total.

Visually, the Trailhawk ramps up the aggression with the updated front fascia and seven-slot front grille that debuted on the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee 75thAnniversary Edition. As seen on the Cherokee and Renegade Trailhawk models, the Grand Cherokee adds functional red tow hooks in the front and rear. Peppered around the exterior of the new Moab-ready Grand Cherokee are the expected "Trailhawk" and red "Trail Rated" badges.

Inside, the Trailhawk adds special suede seats, paired with Piano Black and gun-metal colored interior trim pieces. Additionally, the Trailhawk adds new off-road themed pages to the Uconnect infotainment system, with articulation and suspension settings.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

Whereas the Trailhawk emphasizes capability when the going gets rocky, sandy, muddy, or icy, the new 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is a cushier, more luxurious entry in the Grand Cherokee lineup.

Like the Trailhawk, the Summit packs the same front fascia upgrades found on the 2016 Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary. The Summit also adds upgraded LED fog lamps and 20-inch wheels. Inside, a new leather interior is offered in four different color schemes, with leather extended to the dashboard, center console, and door panels. The Summit package includes a suede headliner, illuminated door-sill plates, active noise cancellation, a Harmon/Kardon sound system, and special Berber floormats.

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Summit reach showrooms in late summer 2016.