Having loved first the surprisingly succesful Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk after which the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, I set my bar excessive for the big-boy Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. Fortuitously, the most important Jeep SUV largely met my expectations — at the same time as this evaluation got here scorching on the heels of weeks spent within the Land Rover Discovery and BMW X5.
These automobiles are maybe a bit extra high-brow than the rugged Trailhawk with its brilliant pink tow hooks and aggressive hood graphics, however the Jeep proved succesful, comfy and surprisingly high-tech for a toy you are meant to get soiled. Total, I used to be left with the impression that the Trailhawk wasn’t only a beefy 4×4 that may throw mud with the most effective of ’em, but in addition a balanced SUV that is only a succesful on the commute.
Quadra-Trac II 4×4 system
Pop the hood and you will find FCA’s three.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the workhorse of Fiat Chrysler’s North American lineup. On this incarnation, the naturally-aspirated V6 makes a good 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque which will get despatched by way of a single possibility Eight-speed automated transmission on its solution to the wheels.
The addition of Engine Cease Begin (ESS) know-how helps to scale back gas wasted to idling for this technology and contributes to the additionally respectable 18 metropolis and 25 freeway mpg economic system estimates. My examined common of 16.9 mpg fell a bit wanting these averages, however that is anticipated given the distinctive rigors of the evaluation and manufacturing processes.
Quadra-Trac, Quadra-Drive, Quadra-Elevate? The staff behind the Jeep Grand Cherokee are obsessive about the quantity 4.
The 295 horses assist the Grand Cherokee to speed up confidently on the freeway, however that is no neck-snapper. Respectable gearing assist the SUV to really feel responsive round city. Those that know they’re going to need extra energy (or extra particularly most torque for offroad crawling) ought to take into account the non-compulsory 5.7-liter V8 engine improve, which steps as much as 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. And the really mad can step as much as the ridiculous Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which trades all offroad ambitions for 707-horsepower and avenue efficiency.
There exist many 4×2 rear-wheel drive and 4×4 four-wheel drive variants of the Grand Cherokee, however the Trailhawk in query options a typical Quadra-Trac II system, the most effective accessible to this physique kind. Quadra-Trac II upgrades over the usual 4×4 setup with a two-speed switch case with low vary functionality for high-torque crawling and extra superior sensors to detect wheel slippage. As wanted, as much as 100-percent of obtainable torque could be shifted to the entrance or rear axle, relying on the place probably the most grip is on the market.
The Trailhawk additionally options Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction management system which permits drivers to pick between terrain presets — Snow, Sand, Auto, Mud or Rock — to regulate the habits of the powertrain and all-wheel drive methods for particular driving situations.
Lastly, there are the Quadra-Drive II powertrain upgrades that beefs up the Trailhawk’s rear axle and provides an digital limited-slip differential (LSD) that may proactively switch as much as 100-percent of obtainable torque between the left and proper rear wheels if slip is detected. Between the middle diff and the rear LSD, the Trailhawk may probably ship all 260 pound-feet of its torque to simply one of many rear wheels if the opposite three are slipping.
Along with the Selec-Terrain traction management methods, the Trailhawk can also be outfitted with Jeep’s Selec-Velocity Management methods that are principally actually low-speed cruise management that assist the SUV to take care of rock-steady pace management when ascending or descending tough or extreme slopes.
Rounding out the digital offroad upgrades is the Quadra-Elevate air suspension with trip peak adjustment. (There are a whole lot of “Quadras” and “Selecs” on this function set.) In its tallest “Offroad” setting, the trip peak raises to 10.Eight-inches. Mixed with the Trailhawk’s shortened overhangs, the SUV’s strategy angle additionally grows to 25.7-degrees with a departure angle of 27.1-degrees.
Offroad mode is restricted to low speeds, however even the Trailhawk’s static trip peak and angles are within the neighborhood with the likes of Land Rover’s Discovery. And when it is time to get in or out of the SUV, the suspension can decrease 1.6-inches beneath the static peak when parked for ease of entry or at low speeds for ducking below low storage ceilings.
Not the entire upgrades are digital. Up entrance, there are brilliant pink tow hooks which can be utilized for pulling fellow path riders out of tight spots (or getting pulled out your self). Beneath the chassis, skid plates for the entrance suspension, gas tank, switch case and underbody shield the SUV’s delicate bits when crashing over logs or stones. The hood graphic is not only for fashion, Jeep claims this matte black design additionally reduces glare bouncing up off of the hood, type of like a soccer participant’s eye black.