Many people have been waiting with baited breath for the announcement of Jeep’s inevitable Hellcat model. Finally, Jeep has released official information and photos of the world’s most powerful SUV, coming later this year. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will have 707 horsepower like its Hellcat-equipped siblings. However, so far it looks like this might be the undercover model.
For better or worse, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk won’t be nearly as ostentatious as most Hellcat vehicles. Although the speedometer now counts to 200, the outward signs are subtle. The Hellcat-specific yellow brake calipers are present, and it features exclusive 20-inch wheels. Because of the massive new engine, the fog lights have been removed to make room for extra air intake from the front. Quad exhaust outlets have replaced the usual two. And admittedly, this model sits a little lower than the usual Grand Cherokee, but 8.1 inches will do when you’re focused on speed. Then there are a few “Supercharged” and “Trackhawk” badges, including one on the steering wheel in case you forget how much power you’re sitting on.
Preliminary tests suggest the 2018 Trackhawk will be surprisingly capable around the track. With the help of the 707-hp Hellcat engine, the Trackhawk should get a performance boost compared to its Grand Cherokee SRT predecessor. The Trackhawk also promises to have way more traction than any other Hellcat on the market. It’s supposed to retain standard all-wheel drive, which will helpfully cut down on the energetic tire-spinning we’re used to seeing from the Charger and Challenger Hellcats. The 2018 Trackhawk also retains the Grand Cherokee’s towing capacity. With 645 lb-ft of torque, the Trackhawk can tow up to 7200 pounds. It will also reach 116 mph in a quarter mile, with a top speed of 180 mph.
According to tests so far, Jeep claims that the Trackhawk can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. That’s very impressive, considering it’s almost 1,000 lbs heavier than the Dodge Hellcat that scored a similar time. Part of the reason this Trackhawk is so quick off the line is because of a widget it shares with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The Torque Reserve launch-control feature briefly holds the supercharger bypass valve closed while also cutting off spark and fuel to specific cylinders. This limits torque before the brake is released, so the Trackhawk isn’t dragging all 645 lb-ft from the start line. This quick start also means that Jeep clocked the Trackhawk’s quarter-mile time at 11.6 seconds.
The 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will also have lots of standard features and equipment. It offers the same active noise cancellation, stitched-leather dashboard and door-panel covers, and 8.4-inch Uconnect display that the SRT features. There’s now an additional dyno function on the Uconnect display to show instantaneous horsepower and torque readouts. For those who are looking for comfort in their 707-horsepower SUV, there’s standard adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, lane-departure warning, and forward-collision warning. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Coming Soon to Forest Lake, MN
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be available later this year. So far, the price is speculated to be about $80,000, but there’s no official price tag. If you’re thinking of getting a new Jeep Grand Cherokee sooner rather than later, check out our current selection online. We offer the lowest prices around, and all of our new cars, trucks, and SUVs come with our free Lifetime Powertrain Warranty. If you spot an SUV online that you’d love to try, give us a call and we’ll set up a test drive for you! We’re located in Forest Lake, MN, near Coon Rapids, Roseville, and White Bear Lake.
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Source: Car and Driver