Jeep will add a new sand-running Deserthawk trim by 2020

Jeeps's 'Hawk series of performance models will soon gain a new desert running variant -- and that's just the start.

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Jeep's off-road focused Trailhawk models and the street performance oriented Trackhawk will soon be joined by a third 'Hawk. The newly announced Deserthawk designation is expected to launch by 2020.

This won't be the first time that Jeep has used the "Deserthawk" name. There was a limited-edition Jeep Renegade Deserthawk model, but that was basically a Trailhawk model with a custom color scheme. The new models promise more substantial upgrades.

Along with a new triangular "Desert Rated" badge similar to the familiar "Trail Rated" coin, the upcoming Deserthawk models will be underpinned by "eight desert-specific engineering standards" with an emphasis on high-speed sand capability. The specifics of those upgrades hasn't been, well, specified but long-travel heavy-duty suspension, knobby tires and undercarriage reinforcements would seem like good starting points. We should learn more closer to launch.

A Jeep Cherokee is pictured alongside the announcement, but -- like Trailhawk -- we expect the Deserthawk designation can be applied to various Jeep models that meet the standard.

Jeep Hawk models

Jeep's plans leave room for a fourth unannounced halo model. Urbanhawk, perhaps?

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Together, Trailhawk, Trackhawk and soon Deserthawk will serve as performance halos for the Jeep brand and image, but the automaker also hinted that there's room for another unannounced halo with a focus on on-road urban capability.

Jeep expects the new Trackhawk trim to add about $5,000 to $10,000 to the sticker price when it joins the lineup by 2020, according to the announcement made at the    Automobiles  investor meeting today.