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The First-Ever Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe Crossed The Rubicon In Pure Electric Mode

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe
Image via Stellantis

The clock has struck 9:00 AM, and here it is: the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. And with it is indeed the anticipated 4xe version. However, this Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is no quirky compliance vehicle. Instead, Jeep chose to electrify its most off-road capable trim level of the two-row SUV, creating the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe.

How capable is it? Well, it trekked the infamous Rubicon Trail, which spans 22 miles, without using a single drop of gasoline. Probably with a Wrangler 4xe, as both seem to use the same engine and both utilize a 400-volt, 17.3 kWh battery pack. All told, peak output comes in at 375 horsepower, and a Hemi V8-rivaling 470 lb-ft of torque sending power through a ZF-supplied 8P75PH PHEV automatic 8-speed transmission. Fully charged, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is targeting 25 miles of electric range, and 57 MPGe.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe
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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe: Off-Road Details

Is fuel economy really the driving force behind a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk purchase? Probably not. To that end, this is where things get more capable than ever before. In the case of the Trailhawk 4xe, we’re treated to the following off-road features and specifications:

  • 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)
  • Class-exclusive sway bar disconnect to allow for improved articulation and traction over rocks and rough terrain
  • Selec-Terrain traction management system
  • Selec-Speed Control
  • 10.9 inches (27.8 cm) of ground clearance
  • 24 inches (61 cm) 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
  • Maximum approach, breakover and departure angles of 35.7 degress, 22.3 degrees, and 30.0 degrees, respectively.

The 4xe powertrain is also available on 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, Overland, and Summit trim levels. Pricing for the new SUV has not yet been announced. Perhaps later. Non-electrified 2022 Grand Cherokee variants will commence production at the Stellantis Detroit Assembly Complex by Q4 2021. 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe variants will begin production and deliveries in early 2022, while the world will have to wait until later that year.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee WL 4xe
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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