Chrysler’s Jeep division unveiled two new special edition models of the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler, both of which have their collective sights set on pleasing off road enthusiasts who want more capability and ruggedness when out on the beaten path by offering equipment never before offered on a Jeep model.
The first of these models is known as the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. It was originally shown as a concept vehicle at the annual Easter Safari in Moab Utah last spring. The Trailhawk will offer buyers several features such as steel rock rails to protect the body from rock related damage, special 18 inch Goodyear Silent Armor off road tires that resist punctures from sharp rocks and branches thanks to specially designed Kevlar reinforcements as well as an exclusive appearance package which features a special tailgate-mounted Trailhawk badge, black headlight housings, a rear light bar, and other minor exterior touches.
To make sure the Trailhawk can navigate various off road obstacles without getting into trouble, Jeep engineers have made the brand’s familiar Quadra-Lift air suspension system standard equipment on all models. The system increases ground clearance and can provide up to 11 inches, which should be suitable for most types of off roading. As a nice bonus, all V8 Trailhawk variants also come standard with an electronically controlled limited slip differential to further enhance the off road experience. Different four wheel drive systems are installed depending on powertrain choice, with V6 models making do with the Quadra-Track II system and V8 versions get the up-level Quadra-Drive II system.
The leather and suede interior of the Trailhawk also receives several distinct touches that help it stand out from its more conventional siblings and comes equipped with red accent stitching, Trailhawk badging, and Mopar-branded slush mats to keep mud, snow, and other types of dirt out of the interior.
The Wrangler Moab, on the other hand, is based on the top-of-the-line Sahara trim, and is available in either two or four door variants. Just like the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, the Wrangler Moab also receives a number of unique features and appearance upgrades to set it apart from other Jeep Wrangler models. Following the Trailhawks lead the Wrangler Moab will be equipped with the same Goodyear Silent Armor tires, albeit on smaller 17 inch wheels which also feature Moab-exclusive black rims. A Trac-Lock rear differential unit is standard equipment though an electronically controlled version is available as an optional piece of equipment. Steel bumpers adorn the front and rear of the Wrangler Moab protect the body from damage. They are also capable of holding a winch to pull stranded friends – or yourself – out of trouble.
To ensure the Wrangler Moab stands out from the rest of the Wrangler lineup on dealer lots, Jeep stylists have added several touches such as the Moab sticker on the Mopar domed hood, black exterior accents, special badging and a premium soft top (though customers can also opt for the optional body colored hardtop found on conventional Sahara models). This theme of special appearance items continues into the interior of the Wrangler Moab which features special Moab interior badging on the instrument panel grab handle, up-level black leather seats, Mopar slush mats, and Iron Grey trim pieces scattered throughout the cabin.
Expect the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and the Jeep Wrangler Moab edition to arrive at a Jeep showroom near you sometime in October, with pricing coming closer to the official launch of the two models.