Jeep® has officially announced for the 2023 model year, that its popular off-road-oriented Grand Cherokee Trailhawk model will only be available as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) 4xe from this point on. The bold move marks an end to the Pentastar V6 and HEMI V8 power in the popular off-roader.
The cancelation of the standard internal combustion engine (ICE) Trailhawk also brings forth some other issues. The major point is cost. For the 2022 model year, the standard Trailhawk had a starting U.S. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $54,235 (not including $1,795 for destination charges), while the Trailhawk 4xe on the other hand pushed the starting U.S. MSRP to $62,485 (again not including the $1,795 for destination).
That is a difference of $8,250! While Jeep has yet to release pricing for the 2023 model, we can guarantee it will be higher due to the ongoing inflation and supply chain issues plaguing the market.
|2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trailhawk vs. 2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe:|
|Grand Cherokee Trailhawk||Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe|
|Ground Clearance (in)||11.3||10.9|
|Approach Angle (degrees)||35.7||35.7|
|Ramp Breakover Angle (degrees)||24.4||22.3|
|Departure Angle (degrees)||30.2||30.0|
|GVWR (lbs)||6,050 (V6), 6,500 (V8)||6,900|
|Curb Weight (lbs)||4,747 (V6), 5,017 (V8)||5,524|
|Max. Trailer Weight (lbs)||6,200 (V6), 7,200 (V8)||6,000|
The second disadvantage is the slight loss of capability due to the Trailhawk 4xe’s packaging. While the off-road numbers are pretty close to the ICE model, the 4xe loses a lot of towing capability versus its gas-powered options. That might chase away some who are looking for an SUV that can tow over 6,500 lbs.
The Trailhawk 4xe does offer some benefits. It does have an estimated 25 miles of all-electric range and an MPG rating of 56 MPGe. Jeep loves to taunt that the Trailhawk 4xe conquered the famed Rubicon Trail under all-electric power using the 4xe’s electric mode. The electric motors do assist the turbocharged 2.0-liter (GME-T4) inline-four-cylinder engine to provide instant torque on the trail.
The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe (WL74) includes the following features…
- Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with 2-speed transfer case and 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio
- Rear electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD)
- Selec-Terrain traction management system
- Selec-Speed Control
- 24 inches of water fording capability
- 47.4:1 crawl ratio
- Blue tow hooks
- Blue-accented 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires
- Glare-proof black-and-blue matte “Trailhawk” hood decal
So what do you think about the change to only offering a 4xe model of the Trailhawk? Do you think the increase in cost and slightly different capability numbers is enough to push sales away from the Grand Cherokee? Let us know in the comments below or in the MoparInsiders.com forums.
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