The Jeep® brand introduced the “Trailhawk” name on the Grand Cherokee concept vehicle that first appeared at the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The idea was to deliver a unique and more rugged appearance, with a host of functional features that resulted in an increased level of off-road 4×4 capability. In 2017, Jeep unveiled the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, a production version of the concept that put the best off-road capability in the hands of Grand Cherokee owners. Since then, the Jeep brand has embraced the Trailhawk name for most of its off-road-oriented Trail Rated models.
When the brand launched the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L (WL75), many diehard Grand Cherokee fans were shocked to learn that Trailhawk trim level would not be offered on the new three-row SUV. Instead, Jeep provided a new Trail Rated package with the Overland Off-Road. A lot of people were questioning Jeep’s decision and wondered if the Trailhawk would return for the 2022 model year.
But back in March, MoparInsiders.com spy photographers caught what appeared to be the all-new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk testing on public roads near the Stellantis North American Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It still left Trailhawk enthusiasts with a ton of questions. However, with the launch of the all-new fifth-generation Grand Cherokee (WL74), we know all the surrounding the second-generation of Grand Cherokee Trailhawk.
For 2022, there are two flavors of Trailhawk – Trailhawk and Trailhawk 4xe. Both elevate the Grand Cherokee 4×4 capability even further for the new fifth-generation models. So what sets the new Trailhawk apart?
Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models are equipped with a host of standard off-road capability features, including Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio and rear electronic limited slip-differential (eLSD) for all powertrains, a unique version of Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension (developed specifically for Trailhawk), a class-exclusive sway-bar disconnect to allow improved articulation and total suspension travel, as well as Selec-Speed® Control with Hill Ascent Control.
The new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk also includes a set of 18-Inch x 8-Inch Polished/Painted aluminum wheels wrapped with Goodyear Wrangler Territory 265/60R18 BSW A/S all-terrain tires and an integrated front-mounted off-road camera for all 2022 models.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk improves on off-road capability thanks to an increase in ground clearance of .5 inches. This means the 2022 model now has up to 11.3 inches (28.7 cm) of ground clearance. The new Trailhawk also features an improved approach angle (35.7 degrees), break-over angle (24.4 degrees), and departure angle (30.2 degrees). Trailhawk models also have a water fording depth of 24 inches (61 cm).
On the exterior Trailhawk models share the same front fascia with the Overland model. Of course, there are Trailhawk-signature red tow hooks in the front and rear, Trailhawk and Trail Rated badges with red accents, a Gloss Black-painted roof, Gloss Black-painted mirror caps, and underbody skid plates, and a new glare-proof black-and-red matte “Trailhawk” hood decal.
Inside, seating is covered in Global Black Capri Leather and Suede with Trailhawk-signature red stitching and embossed “Trailhawk” logos on the seatbacks. There is an available Entertainment Group 1 package that replaces the standard 8.4-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen with a 10.1-inch display and 10.25-inch front passenger interactive display from the Grand Wagoneer.
Other available interior option groups include…
- Advanced ProTech Group II –
- Intersection Collision-Assist System
- Night Vision w/ Pedestrian and Animal Detection
- ParkSense® Front and Rear Park-Assist with Stop
- Surround View Camera System
- Luxury Tech Group III –
- Hands-Free Power Liftgate
- Memory Steering Column
- Door and Liftgate Passive Entry
- Power Tilt / Telescope Steering Column
- Rain-Sensitive Windshield Wipers
- Rear-View Auto-Dimming Digital Display Mirror
- Manual 2nd Row Window Shades
- Wireless Charging-Pad
- Rear Seat Video Group I –
- Seatback Video Screens
- Video USB Port
- Finishing Package by Mopar® –
- Paint Protection Film by Mopar®
- Front Splash Guards by Mopar®
- Rear Splash Guards with Jeep Logo by Mopar®
Under the hood of the new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, is two powertrain options. Standard is the award-winning all-aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, rated at 293 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The Pentastar features fuel-saving engine start-stop (ESS) technology and is rated for a towing capacity of up to 6,200 lbs. (2,812 kg) with an estimated class-leading driving range of more than 500 miles (804 km).
The Pentastar V6 is mated to a standard 8-speed 850RE TorqueFlite automatic transmission.
Those who crave more power will be seeking out the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V8 delivering 357 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque delivered over a broad powerband. The V8 delivers performance and efficiency with VVT and Fuel Saver Technology (cylinder deactivation). With Fuel Saver Technology, the engine control computer turns off fuel and spark and closes the valves to four of the engine’s cylinders during light-load operation, such as highway cruising, when full power is not needed. The system immediately re-engages the deactivated cylinders when the driver presses on the accelerator pedal. The HEMI has a class-leading towing capacity of up to 7,200 lbs. (3,265 kg).
The HEMI V8 is mated to a standard 8-speed 8HP75 TorqueFlite automatic transmission.
Trailhawk 4xe –
For the first time ever, the fifth-generation Grand Cherokee will offer an electrified Trailhawk 4xe, which combines an estimated 25 miles (40 km) of all-electric “Zero Emission Freedom” and 57 MPGe with Grand Cherokee Trailhawk’s legendary 4×4 capability. In fact, the all-new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe conquered the formidable Rubicon Trail and did so under all-electric power using electric mode.
The 4xe propulsion system combines two electric motors, a 400-volt battery pack, 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, and 8-speed TorqueFlite 8P75PH automatic transmission for maximum efficiency and capability. Overall, the 4xe system delivers 375 horsepower (280 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 Nm) of torque. The 4xe powertrain delivers a towing capacity of up to 6,000 lbs. (2,722 kg).
While the Trailhawk 4xe does carry over most of the standard Trailhawk off-road hardware, there are some differences due to the packaging of the electrified powertrain. The Trailhawk 4xe features a slightly different ground clearance of 10.9 inches (27.8 cm), break-over angle (22.3 degrees), and departure angle (30 degrees). The approach angle continues to be the same.
There is also a smaller 19-gallon (72 liter) fuel tank compared to the standard Trailhawk’s 23-gallon (87 liter) unit.
On the outside, the Trailhawk-signature red highlights have been replaced with the 4xe-signature blue-colored highlights on things like the badging, wheels, hood decal, and tow hooks. The inside also looks similar to the standard model, apart from the Trailhawk-signature red stitching being replaced with 4xe-signature blue touches. There is also additional content regarding the hybrid system in the Uconnect 5 touchscreen and a three-button E-Selec mode selector on the left side of the instrument panel.
Five different exterior colors for the Trailhawk and Trailhawk 4xe will be available at launch. Those colors include an all-Diamond Black exterior choice, Baltic Grey Metallic exterior color with Black-Clear Coat roof, Silver Zynith exterior color with Black-Clear Coat roof, Velvet Red exterior color with Black-Clear Coat roof, or Bright White exterior color with Black-Clear Coat roof.
Jeep has not released the pricing for the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup yet.
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