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New Trail-Ready Jeep Special Edition Models Debut for 2013

New Trail-Ready Jeep Special Edition Models Debut for 2013

By Jeff Youngs, September 07, 2012
Capitalizing on its reputation for building SUVs capable of traveling far off the pavement, Jeep has introduced two new special-edition models for the 2013 model year, each featuring off-road preparation never before offered on a production Jeep.

The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is the most capable factory-built version of this 5-passenger SUV, according to Chrysler, and the automaker says the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Special Edition "pays homage to a popular enthusiast off-roading venue" in Utah.

Mike Manley, President and CEO-Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, said: "The new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Wrangler Moab models take our legendary Jeep capability to new heights, offering even more off-road features and performance, without sacrificing everyday comfort and drivability."

About the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
To create the new 2013 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, Jeep starts with a Grand Cherokee equipped with a 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine bolted to a Quadra-Track II 4-wheel-drive system or a 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine paired with a Quadra-Drive II 4-wheel-drive system.

A Selec-Terrain traction control system is added, featuring five driver-selected driving modes: Auto, Sport, Snow, Rock and Sand/Mud. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk also includes a Quadra-Lift air suspension with almost 11 inches of ground clearance, and versions with the V-8 engine get an electronic limited-slip differential that can deliver 100% of engine output to a single wheel--even if the other three are airborne, the company says.

Additionally, the Trailhawk is equipped with solid steel rock rail body protection plates and a set of 18-inch Goodyear Silent Armor all-terrain tires reinforced with Kevlar.

To set the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk apart from other models, Jeep decorates the model with a black hood decal designed to reduce sun glare for added driver visibility on the trail, unique gray exterior detailing, red accent trim, and 18-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels.

Inside, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk features leather seats with suede inserts and red accent stitching, and a set of slush floor mats.

About the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Special Edition
Based on the Wrangler Sahara model and offered in both regular Wrangler and extended-wheelbase Wrangler Unlimited body styles, the new 2013 Wrangler Moab Special Edition is named after Moab, Utah, a popular destination for off-road enthusiasts.

Hardware upgrades include a standard Trac-Lok anti-spin rear differential and 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Kevlar-reinforced Goodyear Silent Armor all-terrain tires. When equipped with a manual transmission and a 3.73 rear axle ratio, the Wrangler Moab Special Edition provides a 45:1 crawl ratio. An electronic rear locking differential is optional.

Visually, the Moab Special Edition is distinguished by its gloss black wheel design, borrowed from the Wrangler Rubicon model. Additionally, the Moab model includes premium rock rail protection, winch-ready steel bumpers, a power dome hood design, black taillight guards, black wheel arches, and matte black badges and graphics. Inside, this special-edition Jeep offers leather seats in black or saddle tan, slush floor mats, and unique Iron Gray interior trim.

The new 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Special Edition go on sale in October of 2012.

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