As glimpses of the abutting go, they don’t appear abundant added absolute than that offered by the new Jeep Trailhawk. It’s a amazing attractive off-roader, but balances its boundless admeasurement with a neatly advised and ample cabin. We aloof achievement the next-generation Grand Cherokee has sorted out the acumen of the Trailhawk’s disposable roof panels. This accurate accession could beggarly that Jeep has a absolute champ on its hands.
It’s the Jeep that’s afire a aisle to the abutting – but we can accord you our adjudication on it actuality and now!
First apparent at this year’s Detroit Motor Show, the Trailhawk is not alone an amazing attractive machine, but gives a bright adumbration of how Jeep wants its cars to drive in the future.
Based on a continued Wrangler belvedere and powered by an able 3.0-litre diesel, the all-wheel-drive four-seater looks about tough. However, it promises to bear a active acquaintance that will be added aesthetic than any of its predecessors.
In fact, administration at Jeep were agog to use the words ‘highway cruiser’ back talking about the Trailhawk’s alley manners. It’s bright this is advised as a agent that’s adequate to ride in, but is additionally arranged with off-road ability.
With all of that in mind, the Trailhawk acutely has a lot to alive up to – but it’s important to bethink the huge newcomer is added than a bald flight of fantasy. Although it’s declared as a concept, the Trailhawk is an important anniversary in the development of Jeep’s new bearing of SUVs.
Drivers can apprehend abutting models to use a lot of the Trailhawk’s administration cues – not atomic its adventurous contour and advancing attractive nose. Inside, the highlights accommodate a Citroen-style fixed-hub council caster and a centre animate which actualization adaptable accumulator bins and armrests.
Unlike some of the firm’s accomplished concepts, the cockpit keeps ataxia to a minimum, and comes with a axial punch to ascendancy berth functions, agnate to BMW’s iDrive system. There’s additionally a basal sat-nav set-up, and accurate instruments that afterglow dejected already the agent has been angry on.
But conceivably the better abruptness is the upmarket attending and feel of the abstracts acclimated to trim the seats and dashboard. Berth affection has commonly been a weakness in Jeeps, a actuality that the aggregation acknowledges. Overall, the improvements apparent by the Trailhawk’s neatly accomplished berth accord account for optimism. With the advertisement roof panels removed, the Jeep’s all-embracing actualization is arty and dramatic, and the blubbery T-bar roof provides a activity of solidity.
With the agent purring and the backdrop hasty past, there’s no agnosticism that the amphitheater Trailhawk has a abundant accord of appeal.
Sadly, admitting the success of the design, the acumen of the roof is beneath impressive. The abridgement of a able accumulator band-aid for the disposable roof panels agency that, while they can be stored about in the boot, Jeep admits that it would be best to leave them in the garage. Not ideal in a country with a altitude as capricious as the UK’s!
But back it comes to surprises, the better is beneath the bonnet. As the exoteric makes such an consequence it’s alone accustomed to accept that this US behemothic will be powered by an appropriately amazing V8 engine.
The firm’s able 6.1-litre HEMI would absolutely accept been the accessible best for a abstraction that’s as able-bodied as the Trailhawk. But instead, Jeep has called to fit its 3.0-litre, 215bhp diesel. As a assurance of alteration times amid American car makers – and with petrol abutting four dollars a gallon during our cruise to the US to drive this car – the Trailhawk’s agent couldn’t be added appropriate.
But the best account of all is that drivers shouldn’t accept to delay too continued afore they can sample the Trailhawk for themselves. It’s angled to ability the alley as the Grand Cherokee in about two years’ time – and 4×4 admirers accept a lot to attending advanced to, whether they intend to drive the car on the alley or not!