With crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks taking the world by storm and becoming the most coveted segments, it’s only natural that automakers are delivering the usual performance versions to these models that should be mostly ready to tackle the off-road.
But since these models will spend most of their life just like any passenger car – on asphalt – there’s no reason not to push them further and lift the adrenaline of the owner. Jeep’s smallest and newest model has already gained a wide spread popularity in the United States and Europe, so the latest rumor is the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unit is now hard at work developing the “muscle” version, tipped to receive the Trackhawk moniker. The words come from a member of the JeepTrackHawk Forums that has delivered solid information in the past, so – while you should take this with the usual pinch of salt – there’s a real possibility the model would actually see the light of day.
And since FCA has a stable full of performance brands – from Abarth to Ferrari – they have a big pool to chose from, with Jeep most likely just delivering their own flavor of the Abarth-denominated Fiat 500X. Fiat’s bread and butter tuner that is well known for delivering both nervous and pleasant sounding versions will most likely deliver the 500 crossover with the 1.75-liter turbo engine that can already be found under the hood of various Alfa Romeo models. Delivering around 200 hp, the Abarth 500X and probable Jeep Renegade Trackhawk will take on rivals such as the Nissan Juke Nismo RS or the Mini Countryman JCW.