2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Gets New Tough and Premium Trim Levels

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Making their official debuts at the 2016 New York Auto Show are two new trim levels for the Jeep Grand Cherokee called the Trailhawk and the Summit.

Similar to the Renegade and Cherokee Trailhawk models, this new Grand Cherokee trim level is tailored for going off road. Among the rugged equipment that comes with Trailhawk models are standard skidplates, hill ascent control and the brand’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential and air suspension.

It all adds up to a total ground clearance of 10.8 inches, but the biggest differences found on the Trailhawk is with the aggressive appearance with its matte hood accents, red tow hooks and Trail Rated badges, grey mirror caps and a roof rack, while optional Mopar rock rails are available for added protection. Inside, the Trailhawk gets black seats with suede accents and red stitching. All painted interior panels get piano black appliques and gunmetal grey finishes. The 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system gets additional off-road specific pages that provide information about wheel articulation and suspension height.

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Contrasting the Trailhawk is the new Summit model, which is designed to be a more premium and luxury oriented trim level. Visually, you can tell Summit models apart due to its updated front fascia, grille and LED fog lamps, along with the new 20-inch polished aluminum wheels.

The two-toned interior is the real highlight of Summit trimmed Grand Cherokees, with a Laguna leather wrap and Nappa leather dashboard. Summit models also feature a suede headliner, lit door sills, active noise cancellation, uplevel Berber carpet mats and a Harmon/Kardon 19-speaker, 825 watt amp audio system with three subwoofers.

While the Summit also arrives with Jeeps Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with eLSD and air suspension, it also includes blind spot detection, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

Pricing has yet to be announced for these trim levels, so keep an eye open for more details on these awesome SUVs.

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  • Judging from the dual exhaust in the pics the Trailhawk will have the Hemi V8 as an engine option. That’s great news.