What Are The Trailhawk Trims in The Jeep Lineup?
Jeep® vehicles are all built for off-road action in one way or another, but not all are built equally. Aside from the obvious differences in 4×4 systems between the various Jeep models, some trims have what it takes to really go the distance and these are known as Trailhawk trims. All Trailhawk trims are Trail Rated and designed for going off-road. Currently there are four Jeep models available in the Trailhawk trim – the 2017 Jeep Compass, 2017 Jeep Cherokee, 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and 2017 Jeep Renegade.
What is Trail Rated Tough?
When a Jeep model has a Trail Rated badge, or is called “Trail Rated Tough,” the model has been tested to withstand various off-road conditions and challenges. Some of the elements tested are: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and water fording.
A Trailhawk Jeep model tends to not only perform off road better, but some of the Trailhawk trims have a unique 4×4 system and come with additional accessories not found on other trims. For instance, the 2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk comes with an Active Drive Low system that comes with a 4WD low mode for low-speed traction and a 20:1 crawl ratio – the higher the first number, the more capable a vehicle is off road. The 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk has an Active Drive Lock system, built with a mechanic rear axle lock to lock the drivetrain into 4×4, and comes with a 56:1 crawl ratio! As mentioned, some have their own 4×4 system, but the 2017 Grand Cherokee and new Compass do not, both with more basic capabilities via the Jeep Selec-Terrain Traction Control System that can drive through snow, sand/mud, and rock depending on the dial setting selected.
Differences of Trailhawk Models
There are several accessories Trailhawk trims have that set them apart from the rest of the Jeep trims. Equipment or features found on all Trailhawk trims includes red tow hooks, increased ground clearance, a distinctive front fascia, and many have an exterior hood decal (matte black on Compass and Cherokee, anti-glare on the Grand Cherokee). Some may have a different interior as well, usually with leather seating and “Trailhawk” stitched into the seats.
It may not seem like a lot of differences, but when going off road many these features are what make the difference. Check out our inventory of Trailhawk models and see for yourself.