The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, maybe greater than any type of automobile it takes on, have to be lots of points to several customers. In its base Laredo and also mid-level Minimal trims, it uses heart-of-the-market customers a sturdy 2- or three-row choice with legit dirt-road capacity. In its upper-crust Top and also Top Get trims, we stated it contrasts positively with deluxe offerings from Audi, Lincoln, Land Vagabond and also Mercedes-Benz. And after that there’s the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, which is the design we simply invested a week driving on and also off sidewalk. It seemingly takes on off-road-biased SUVs like the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, however as we’ll clarify, it casts a much broader web than that.
Jeep has actually made certain that informal viewers can inform that the Trailhawk is no common Grand Cherokee. A matte-finish hood sticker promptly provides it away, stressed by intense red tow hooks and also distinct 18- inch wheels shod in beefy Goodyear Wrangler off-road tires. It’s what you do not promptly see below and also inside the automobile that actually makes the Trailhawk tick.
As you would certainly get out of a Jeep putting on a Path Ranked badge on its fender, the 2022 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk includes a complete enhance of steel skid plates to secure its fragile underbelly. Ideally they will not be required, nonetheless, as the height-adjustable Quadra-Lift air shock absorber raises the Grand Cherokee to an optimum 11.3 inches of ground clearance. That’s even more clearance than a Wrangler Rubicon (without the Xtreme Reconnaissance bundle’s 35- inch tires) and also pays for a water fording deepness of as much as 24 inches. The suspension will certainly change itself based upon the Selec-Terrain Grip Administration setting chosen, or can be by hand changed with a toggle to the right of the knurled dial that works as the change bar.
Jeep’s Selec-Terrain Grip Administration System consists of settings for Snow, Sand/Mud and also Rock along with the Automobile setting it’ll remain in a lot of the moment and also, strangely sufficient, a Sporting activity setting. These settings are chosen with a toggle to the left of the rotating shifter. Selec-Speed Control maintains the automobile taking a trip at a consistent (slow-moving) rate despite slope or decrease, without additional chauffeur treatment.
Like the Wrangler Rubicon, Ford Bronco and also particular variations of the Toyota 4Runner, the Trailhawk uses a sway-bar separate. Primarily, striking a switch on the console digitally detaches the front guide bar that typically links the chauffeur- and also passenger-side wheels. That permits both wheels better flexibility of activity and also consequently enhancing suspension expression. It instantly reconnects at typical driving rates to supply much safer on-pavement handling.
Likewise basic is Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II permanent four-wheel-drive system, which includes an energetic transfer instance and also a back digital securing limited-slip differential. It can sending out as long as 100% of complete engine torque to one back wheel. Normally, there’s a 4 Reduced setting that secures the front and also back differentials and also changes to 2.72:1 tailoring for low-speed crawling. There’s additionally a Neutral setting that enables level towing when traveling.
Currently would certainly be a great time to explain that every one of that outstanding, top-shelf equipment is mainly developed to aid the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk stand out off roadway. Certain, there’s a Sporting activity setting, however there’s no navigating the truth that this SUV uses bumpy tires and also essentially was crafted to be at its ideal while creeping over rocks, mucking via mud, sleighing via snow or whatever various other type of off-road circumstance you can think up. That’s not to state it’s no excellent to drive when traveling, however customers that do not recognize what a separating guide bar is or why it could be valuable– things that includes considerable price– should certainly consider among the various other great Grand Cherokee trim degrees. We’ll dive a little much deeper right into that conversation a little additional listed below.
Power for our examination automobile was supplied by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 293 horse power and also 260 pound-feet of torque. We never ever seemed like the Trailhawk was harming for power, however, for those customers that desire much more, a 5.7-liter Hemi is readily available that draws out 357 hp and also 390 lb-ft. Both engines send out those horses via an eight-speed transmission to all 4 wheels. The EPA prices the V6-powered Trackhawk at 19 miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg on the freeway and also 22 incorporated, which’s ideal concerning what we handled over a week. The V8 is ranked at 14 city, 22 freeway and also 17 incorporated. That’s not excellent, however it’s in fact on the same level with the much less effective V6-powered Toyota 4Runner’s EPA score of 16 city, 19 freeway and also 17 incorporated.
There’s a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe coming this springtime, and also it appears encouraging theoretically. It will certainly generate 375 hp and also 470 lb-ft of torque from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s coupled with an electrical motor. Jeep approximates chauffeurs will certainly obtain 25 miles of electrical array from a complete fee, and also the EPA claims chauffeurs must anticipate a consolidated 23 mpg after the battery lacks adequate juice to power the automobile without the engine’s assistance. As constantly with a plug-in crossbreed, it befits you to bill as long as feasible to optimize its performance.
The basic V6 engine is not just appropriate in power, however it’s additionally a smooth entertainer. We have actually long been followers of the eight-speed transmission Jeep utilizes in the Grand Cherokee (and also a variety of various other Stellantis cars), and also it functions well in the Trailhawk. There are dinky paddle shifters on the guiding wheel; we checked them to ensure they function, and also they do, however we discovered little usage for them later while when traveling.
Going down right into Sporting activity setting reduces the Trailhawk’s center of mass, which does without a doubt supply the chauffeur with even more car-like reactions, and also we will not whine concerning that. The large large tires, nonetheless, still wallow a whole lot greater than lower-profile, street-oriented tires would certainly, and also there actually isn’t any type of additional electrical hoax Jeep can do concerning that. We were material to leave the Trailhawk in Automobile a lot of the moment, allowing it regulate itself and also go down right into a decreased wind resistant position at freeway rates.
We pointed out the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro as a rival for the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, and also it’s possibly concerning as close a bogey as exists in today’s market. Contrasted to the $56,030 Trailhawk, the $53,635 TRD Pro really feels old-fashioned– both deliberately and also since it’s been around for ages. The 4Runner might be an enchanting old monster, however it’s much less effective, much less fine-tuned, bumpier and also noisier than the Trailhawk. Its indoor technology does not resemble comparing to the bunch of displays supplied by Jeep, its evaluates are, well, evaluates rather than personalized electronic readouts, and also the suspension does not lower or boost in trip elevation. You additionally can not obtain a separating guide bar on the TRD Pro. Both will certainly obtain chauffeurs to their off-road locations, however the Jeep will certainly do so with better convenience and also improvement both on and also off the sidewalk.
We profited the damp spring problems of the roadways to check out the additional grip supplied by those beefy tires and also strong off-road technology. In spite of mucking our means via ankle-deep mud and also mush, we never ever obtained near obtaining stuck. Low-range tailoring made fast job of the steepest slopes we might discover in Central Ohio, and also despite the fact that we really did not require to make use of the separating swaybar, we checked it out anyhow on a two-row watercraft ramp split by a thick concrete berm. Not a surprise, it boosted the quantity of suspension expression and also consequently the range we might get to while straddling the space.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk’s $56,030 rate consists of a apparently outrageous and also required $1,795 location fee. Include $395 for any type of paint that isn’t strong white– our examination automobile turned up with two-tone Silver Zynith and also Black that we desired was something more vibrant or much deeper. We would certainly take into consideration the $1,295 High-end Technology Team required so as to get points like closeness access and also a power tilt/telescoping guiding column with memory. Our tester’s price tag swelled to $61,040 with a dual-pane breathtaking sunroof, the $1,095 front traveler interactive screen, the extremely suggested $1,495 Uconnect infomercial system on a excellent and also big 10.1- inch screen, and also a $1,995 bundle that includes a beneficial Evening Vision setting and also a surround-view cam bundle. Purchasers that desire a 3rd row run out good luck as there is no Trailhawk variation of the Grand Cherokee L readily available– it is two-row just.
We’ll repeat right here that we checked out all this remarkable off-road package, and also it functions specifically as marketed. We never ever in fact had to check it, regardless of particularly looking for the grossest slop we might drive via on searching roadways just or else inhabited by Individuals and also atvs putting on rubber boots. Every one of that is to state that we praise Jeep for supplying a Grand Cherokee that’s genuinely qualified off-road, however the Minimal 4×4 that sets you back $5,000 much less or the Overland that just sets you back a grand or more even more would possibly be much better selections for chauffeurs that do not recognize why they would certainly require a Path Ranked badge.
However, for those customers that do recognize specifically why they require virtually a foot of ground clearance, the capacity to ford 2 feet of water, or adequate suspension expression to straddle a miniature Mount Rushmore, well, there actually is absolutely nothing else on the marketplace that additionally offers elegant finishings and also improvement for the rate of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk.