The red tow hooks—there’s another one at the rear—are for yanking others out of trouble. The 5-passenger Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk’s off-road chops are stellar.


The downside of owning a global brand is the awful possibility of screwing it up.


Ford holds its collective breath whenever it has to roll out a new F-150 pickup. Early reactions to the Cayenne crossover must have had Porsche managers back-dating their résumés.


And at Jeep, straying too far from the original mil-spec formula is guaranteed to set the Timberland-and-Carharrts brigade to howling.


Which is just what they did when they first saw this new soft-shouldered, squinty-eyed Cherokee with—Lord help us—front-wheel drive.


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The red tow hooks—there’s another one at the rear—are for yanking others out of trouble. The 5-passenger Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk’s off-road chops are stellar.

The downside of owning a global brand is the awful possibility of screwing it up.

Ford holds its collective breath whenever it has to roll out a new F-150 pickup. Early reactions to the Cayenne crossover must have had Porsche managers back-dating their résumés.

And at Jeep, straying too far from the original mil-spec formula is guaranteed to set the Timberland-and-Carharrts brigade to howling.

Which is just what they did when they first saw this new soft-shouldered, squinty-eyed Cherokee with—Lord help us—front-wheel drive.

(more…)