The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is a five-passenger off-roader that’s one of the few in its class to deliver luxury, technology, and capability. It’s also one of the few SUVs that can be called truly serious off-roaders, and for 2023 it becomes even more capable with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Unlike most hybrids, which have their electric motors tucked away and only used for low-speed driving or braking, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk’s motor is integrated into its transmission and powers the vehicle at all times. This allows for a more efficient system, improved highway fuel economy, and a smoother power delivery. It also allows the Trailhawk to maintain its full four-wheel drive system and two-speed transfer case, allowing it to handle any terrain with ease.
This combination of off-road capability and everyday utility makes the Trailhawk a popular option with SUV buyers. And though it may not look as refined as the rest of the Grand Cherokee lineup, it’s still a good-looking car with an attractive profile and high-tech interior features. Jeep knows that the Trailhawk isn’t for everyone, so they’ve made it available with a number of different trim levels and engine options. But the biggest change for 2023 is that the Trailhawk will be exclusively available with the 4xe plug-in hybrid driveline.
That means you’ll no longer be able to spec the car with the long-running 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Instead, you’ll have to spend more money on the Trailhawk 4xe if you want to get it with some of the same off-road ability that made it so popular in the first place.
The Trailhawk 4xe also gets a few other upgrades that make it stand out from the rest of the Grand Cherokee range. For starters, the suspension is modified with a new Quadra-Lift air suspension and disconnecting sway bar. It also gets a Quadra-Trac II four-wheel drive system with an electronic limited-slip rear differential. And finally, it has a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio that helps it scale rock formations and crawl up steep grades with relative ease.
But the biggest reason to buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is that it’s Jeep’s most off-road-ready model. It’s Trail Rated in all five key areas of off-road capability: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and water fording. It can do all of this thanks to its advanced X-Trac 4×4 system, Jeep-tested Quadra-Drive II with a rear electronic limited-slip differential, and suspension that’s designed to get the most out of every tire.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Release Date is set for later this year. We’ll let you know as soon as we have more information, but until then feel free to ask us any questions about the model and we’ll do our best to answer them. You can also schedule a test drive with us if you haven’t already done so. We’ll be happy to show you what all the buzz is about with this grown-up SUV that’s as good on the dirt as it is in the city.