The Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup is getting bigger.
The automaker unveiled the 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit and Trailhawk models this week the New York Auto Show. The Summit is its latest luxury option with a new plush leather interior and added premium features. Jeep calls the new Trailhawk model the most capable off-roading factory-produced Grand Cherokee ever.
Both new models arrive in Jeep showrooms in late summer.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is Jeep’s latest take on luxury. It has an updated front fascia, grille and LED fog lamps, with new 20-inch polished wheels. It has a full leather interior, including the dashboard, center console and door panels.
All Summit models come equipped with a suede premium headliner, lighted door sill, acoustic windshield and full side glass, Active Noise Cancellation, premium Berber carpet mats and a Harmon/Kardon 19-speaker, 825 watt amp audio system with three subwoofers.
Safety features include Blind Spot Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and, for the first time, Lane Departure Warning and Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist.
Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with ELSD is standard on all Summit models, as is Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Speed Control.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
The Trailhawk is for serious off-roaders. The name was first introduced on the Grand Cherokee concept vehicle appearing at the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. It then officially took its place originally in the lineup with the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee and continued with the all-new 2015 Renegade.
It’s the sixth model in the 2017 Grand Cherokee lineup, alongside the Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit, and SRT.
Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models are equipped with a ton of standard off-road features. They include including Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential for all powertrains and a unique version of Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension, developed just for the Trailhawk. It offers improved articulation and total suspension travel. The Trailhawk is also equipped with Selec-Speed Control with Hill Ascent Control. Skid plates and a Trailhawk-specific anti-glare hood decal are also standard.
Approach angles on the Jeep Grand Cherokee are 29.8 degrees or 36.1 degrees when the lower front fascia is removed for severe off-roading, while the breakover angle is 27.1 degrees and the departure angle is 22.8 degrees. Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models offer up to 10.8 inches of ground clearance.
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk exterior features a front fascia and seven-slot Jeep grille that debuted on the 2016 Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary edition, Trailhawk-signature red tow hooks in the front and rear, standard rugged 18-inch or optional 20-inch Goodyear Adventure off-road tires with Kevlar reinforcement, new Trailhawk and Trail Rated badges with red accents, mirror caps and a roof rack with Neutral Gray accents, and optional Mopar rock rails for added protection.
Inside, you get a black interior with leather and suede performance seats for comfort and control, red accent stitching, brushed Piano Black appliques, gun-metal finish on all painted interior parts, a Trailhawk badge on the Jeep steering wheel, and red accent stitching on the seats, doors and console. A standard 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen includes updated off-road pages showing wheel articulation and other vehicle 4×4 capability features, such as suspension height and 4×4 and Selec-Terrain modes.