Jeep has introduced this week in New York the 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Summit.
First up, the Trailhawk brings a more rugged appearance to Jeep’s fullsize SUV and comes with a modified front fascia with the seven-slot grille first seen on the 2016 Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition. Like all the other Trailhawk-badged models, there are red front and rear tow hooks and you can pick between standard 18-inch wheels or the optional 20-inch set with Goodyear Adventure off-road tires featuring Kevlar reinforcement.
Stepping inside, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk has a bespoke black theme with leather and suede wrapping the sportier seats. There’s red accent stitching complemented by the brushed piano black appliques and a gun-metal look for all of the painted interior bits and pieces. It comes with a standard 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system which features updated screens for the off-road settings and information.
Speaking of off-road, the Trailhawk has Jeep’s latest Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system with an electronic limited-slip differential and a special version of the Quadra-Lift air suspension.
As for the Grand Cherokee Summit, the 2017MY is more luxurious than ever, featuring new 20-inch polished wheels, LED fog lamps, and a revised front fascia. It gets a full Laguna leather interior in Indigo and Ski Gray along with three other color finishes. The dashboard is dressed in Nappa leather, just like the door panels and the center console to make it feel and look more premium.
On the entertainment front, the Grand Cherokee Summit has a standard 825-watt Harman Kardon sound system featuring three subwoofers. You also benefit from an acoustic windshield, active noise cancellation, suede headliner, and illuminated door sills. It has the same Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system as the Trailhawk, including the same differential and air suspension.
If you want something with more punch, Jeep has already confirmed a range-topping version set to feature the supercharged HEMI 6.2-liter V8 engine will arrive before the end of 2017. It will likely be installed in a Trackhawk-badged model, but because of hardware limitations it might not have the full 707 horsepower as seen in the Challenger and Charger Hellcats. Still, it will be substantially stronger than the current flagship, the 475 hp SRT.
As for the Trailhawk and Summit, these two are set to go on sale in Canada towards the end of the summer.