Jeep revives Trailhawk Grand Cherokee for 2017

The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk comes equipped with Jeep's top-end Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system with electronic limited-slip rear differential and a slightly modified version of the Grand Cherokee's air suspension system.

Jeep is restoring its off-road-centric Trailhawk trim on the Grand Cherokee for the 2017 model year after a four-year absence.

The brand is also giving a minor refresh to the look of the Grand Cherokee’s top-end Summit trim level for 2017, converting several options to standard features on the brand’s most luxurious SUV.

Both 2017 models were shown Wednesday to journalists at the New York auto show as the brand marks its 75th anniversary in 2016.

The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk comes equipped with Jeep’s top-end Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system with electronic limited-slip rear differential and a slightly modified version of the Grand Cherokee’s air suspension system. Together, the package gives the Trailhawk better articulation and suspension travel for improved off-road performance.

Undercarriage skidplates and an anti-glare hood decal are also standard.

Inside the cabin, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk features unique badging and interior treatments, including specialized off-road applications on the SUV’s 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Jeep has specialized Trailhawk off-road trims for the Cherokee and Renegade as well. The brand last produced a Trailhawk trim level for the Grand Cherokee for the 2013 model year, but discontinued it the following year.

For its part, the Summit’s light refreshes for the 2017 model year include a number of formerly optional features repackaged as standard, including 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, lane departure warning, auto-folding side mirrors and headlamp washers. The Summit features a new front fascia design, grille and LED fog lamps, as well as parallel and perpendicular park assist and adaptive cruise control.

Inside the cabin, updated quilted-leather door accents top the small number of changes over the previous model.

Pricing for both the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Summit trims was not announced. Both are expected in showrooms in late summer.

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