Imagine a 707 horsepower SUV with a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds. Ok, don’t longer imagine it. It’s real. 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is just around the corner. And it’s a banger. We thought that Grand Cherokee was good. With this model, Jeep goes directly against and above the cream of high-performance SUV’s like BMW X5 M and X6 M, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR. That last one really has a name.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – Design
Before we get to the most exciting part, we must mention that this amount of horsepower comes at a price. The engine cooling is a priority here, so say goodbye to fog lights. That’s rights, those are gone in favor of more space for air intakes. The result is that 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can suck up to 30.000 liters of air per minute. Of course, this model is based on Grand Cherokee SRT, with some minor changes that give us subtle clues that beast lies under the hood. Except for the absence of fog lights each front door has Supercharged “written” on them, on the back instead of dual, we have quad exhaust pipes. There is also a Trackhawk badge on the hatch.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – Interior
Inside we can see 200 mph speedo and Nappa leather seats. On the center console, there is an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other than that the driver can view various info on performance and even record them. There is also a trailer hitch camera which lets the driver monitor the back. Yea that’s all nice, but let’s get to most important section.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – Powertrain
Under the hood lies a Hellcat. Of course, that’s 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8, which produces the same amount of horsepower as in Charger and Challenger, 707. But in 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk it comes with 5 lb-ft of torque less. But those 645 lb-ft of torque is sent through the eight-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels as standard. There are also different driving modes which are useful for every situation.
In Auto mode, torque is sent in 40/60% split. In Sport mode that ratio is 35/65, while Track mode sends, even more, power to rear wheels, 30/70. Trackhawk can also haul up to 7.200 pounds with the help of Tow mode which sends 60% of power to front wheels, while Snow mode sends power evenly on all four wheels. There is also another mode, Valet. It limits, horsepower, torque, disables paddle shifters and manual mode, puts electronic stability control fully on and disables launch control. Yes, there’s launch control.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – Release Date
All this horsepower will come in the last quarter of 2017. The price is …. unknown at the moment. But some predictions goes around $85.000.