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Views from the Edge | 2016 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Highlights

The world is filled with adventure for those willing to live close enough to the edge … and there are plenty of edges in Moab, Utah. This year marked the 50th running of the Moab Easter Jeep Safari, as well as the Jeep brand’s 75th Anniversary. It was the perfect opportunity to honor the tradition of off-roading, to share stories on the trail and to look ahead to the future of Jeep 4×4 vehicles. But first, let’s take a look at the scenery from the desert. The views are spectacular.

Speaking of great views and sights to behold, the Jeep brand put out a call to owners of vintage Jeep vehicles to gather for a 75th Anniversary photo shoot at Moab. The photos feature a collection of iconic Jeep vehicles, along with some proud owners. We’ll be sure to share the photos soon. In the meantime, take a look at the Seven New Jeep Brand Concept Vehicles we brought to Utah.

From vintage and concept vehicles to dizzying cliffs and desert landscapes, there’s plenty to show off from this year’s Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Stay tuned for My Jeep Stories, personal experiences with Moab and the Jeep brand, and Trail Rated Rookies, where newbies take to the trail with seasoned off-road veterans to discover what 4×4 lifestyle is all about. The reactions are priceless.

And for the ultimate online off-road experience, check out these interactive 360-degree trail videos shot from a Jeep Wrangler as it covered the Moab terrain – it’s the next best thing to coming along for the ride.

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk: More Off-Road Prowess for the Grandest Jeep

Jeep first introduced the Trailhawk name on a Grand Cherokee concept in 2012, whipped up for that year’s Easter Jeep Safari fan event in Moab, Utah. In the years since, Jeep briefly introduced an off-road-oriented Grand Cherokee Trailhawk model for the 2013 model year but quietly removed it from the lineup after the Grand Cherokee’s 2014 facelift, transferring the Trailhawk name to trim levels on the smaller Cherokee and Renegade. Due this summer as a 2017 model, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk follows the formula laid down by that concept of many years ago and codified by the production Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, and Renegade variants, adding more off-road capability and butchier looks.

The Trailhawk joins the Grand Cherokee family as that SUV’s sixth trim level next to the existing Laredo, Limited, Overland, SRT, and the freshly revised Summit. (It is, we must point out, distinct from the 707-hp, Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk that arrives next year.) Standard is Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive setup—the hardest-core version available in the Grand Cherokee, which can also be had with rear-wheel drive or Quadra-Trac I, an all-wheel-drive system that lacks low-range gearing. Other standard features include an electronic limited-slip rear differential, Hill Ascent/Descent control, skid plates, and 18-inch Kevlar-reinforced Goodyear Adventure tires. The adjustable air suspension optional on other Grand Cherokees is also included, albeit modified for an extra 0.4 inch of ground clearance in its tallest setting (for a total of 10.8 inches), and Trailhawk-signature red-painted tow hooks poke from the Grand Cherokee’s bumpers. Jeep will offer this Trailhawk with either the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine or its optional Hemi V-8, but not with the diesel engine offered on other models.

Jeep further distinguishes the Trailhawk with gray-painted door mirrors and a matching gray roof rack, a matte-black hood decal, and red-hued “Trail-Rated” badging. Buyers can choose from Redline Red, Billet Silver, Bright White, Rhino, Granite Crystal, Velvet Red, and Diamond Black paint. Inside, the seats are covered in black leather and microsuede with red stitching, and the dashboard features piano-black and gunmetal-colored trim. There also is a Trailhawk badge on the steering wheel and a standard 8.4-inch touchscreen with Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment platform and special displays for the suspension settings, wheel articulation, and more. Optional extras include 20-inch wheels and Mopar rock rails for protecting the Grand Cherokee’s rocker panels from pesky boulder impacts. Pricing for the resurrected Grand Cherokee Trailhawk hasn’t yet been announced, but expect it to live in the middle of the Grand Cherokee lineup.

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