By Jennifer Geiger on September 1, 2012
Jeep adds a new off-road-oriented model to the Grand Cherokee roster for 2013. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk adds capability-enhancing gear and specific exterior styling cues for a more rugged look. Also for 2013, Overland Summit models get more standard features and a new interior color choice.
Jeep's largest SUV returns for model-year 2013 in Laredo, Limited, Overland and Overland Summit trims. The Trailhawk model uses the 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 or the 360-hp, 5.7-liter V-8. Five- and six-speed automatic transmissions also return. No word yet on the eight-speed automatic transmission or diesel engine expected to debut this year.
Standard features on the Trailhawk version include the Quadra-Lift air suspension, Selec-Terrain system with hill descent control, 18-inch Goodyear Silent Armor tires with Kevlar reinforcement and rock rail and underbody protection. V-8 models can add a rear electronic limited-slip differential. The air suspension system, also available on other models, features five driver-selectable height settings and offers up to 4.1 inches of lift. The Selec-Terrain system has five settings that tailor the SUV’s response to five different driving conditions: sand/mud, sport, auto, snow and rock.
Trailhawk-specific styling updates distinguish the model from the lineup, such as red Trailhawk and Trail Rated badges and tow hooks; a hood decal and accent stripe; five-spoke 18-inch aluminum wheels; black-surround headlamps; and gray-painted grille surround with matching side mirrors. Inside, the new model gets black suede and leather performance seats with red contrast stitching, the Trailhawk logo and Mopar floormats.
For 2013, Jeep is also adding more standard features to the Overland Summit trim, including the Front Park Assist system, power-folding outside mirrors and headlight washers. The model is also now available with black or saddle-colored Nappa leather seats. There’s no word yet on pricing, but the Trailhawk model will go on sale in October.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer