FCA has a knack for building hype around its models – just look at the campaign for the Challenger SRT Demon – or this case, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
Now the SUV with Hellcat DNA is finally official – with lots of power – and a pretty swift arrival date, the fourth quarter of 2017. To get things in motion, we can officially say that everything Hellcat is still in place – namely the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 that in the Trackhawk retains the mighty 707 horsepower (527 kilowatts). The only slight difference is the 645 pound-feet (875 Newton-meters) of torque – the Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat versions have 650 lb-ft (881 Nm). So, goodbye rumors of lowering the power threshold.
This kind of power means the 5,363-pound (2,433-kilogram) Jeep beast can roar to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in just 3.5 seconds, making Jeep claim this is the quickest accelerating figure ever for an SUV. There’s an issue, the Tesla Model X P100D with the Ludicrous Mode Easter Egg Easter Egg is reportedly doing the sprint in a mere 2.8 seconds, so this is open to debate. Anyways, Jeep further states the Trackhawk will finish the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds at a trap speed of 180 mph (290 kph) – or tow up to 7,200 pounds (3,266 kilograms).
Naturally the model has an eight-speed automatic gearbox, upgraded for durability compared to the Hellcat-power Challenger and Charger, linked to an all-wheel-drive system with an electronically controlled limited slip differential for the rear wheels. The tech has various modes: 40-60 in Auto, 50-50 in Snow, 60-40 in Tow, 35-65 in Sport, and 30-70 in Track. Taking care of safety is a set of 15.75-inch (400 millimeter) Brembo brakes in front and 13.78-inch (350 mm) rotors in the rear, with the company looking towards a 60 mph (97 kph) stop in 114 feet. Naturally, the Trackhawk is looking the part – and uses the parts for mechanical purposes as well. For example, the intake in place of the driver’s side foglight delivers air to the engine while a new quad-tip exhaust comes with a dark finish.
The interior has gained some additional perks as well, all designed to make the driver the center of attention. The instrument panel now has a centered tachometer, while the 8.4-inch infotainment system gains Trackhawk-exclusive features with performance monitoring in mind.