By on June 19, 2015

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Per inside sources, the green flag has been given for the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, with testing already underway.

The Trackhawk — codenamed Project K — is undergoing powertrain testing using 2016 Grand Cherokee bodies, Motor Authority reports. Said powertrain will be none other than the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 found in the Charger and Challenger Hellcats, good for 707 horsepower. A ZF eight-speed auto will funnel the raw power to all four corners, with zero to 60 coming in 3 seconds, topping out at 200 mph.

For those whose hearts aren’t hardy enough for the most brutal and metal of all Grand Cherokees, the same sources state the Grand Cherokee SRT would gain a new name and a revised 6.4-liter HEMI V8 set to generated 490 horses.

FCA remains mum on the subject for now, of course.

(Photo credit: Jeep)

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73 Comments on “2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Given The Green Flag...”


  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    Weeeeeee! A 5,500 pound brick that can’t handle barreling up to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. Just what we need on our roads. Take that, State Farm!

    • 0 avatar
      sproc

      Jake had to go change his khakis.

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      We have the 5.7, 6.4 Hemi and 3 litre Diesel version. Diesel version is the best seller, but has been having many electrical and mechanical woes

      • 0 avatar
        AlexMcD

        It is still a Jeep after all. Chrysler, Fiat, Jeep are all going to be much better, next generation. It has been the same promise, year after year. The only difference is the cost of the vehicles.

    • 0 avatar
      BrunoT

      It is asking for trouble. They should go the opposite direction and make a version that has the usual 5.7L V8 but handles like the SRT.

      • 0 avatar
        Power6

        The SRT-8 GC has been a decent handling vehicle. Not like the Chally Hellcat is anything special its a cruiser for old dudes with nice ride comfort.

        If anything the AWD will be a huge help Years ago my SRT4 purchase came with an SRT track experience run by Skip Barber, which i ended up doing at BeaveRun and again at Lime Rock. It rained both times a bit. The Charger SRT8 on RS-As on a damp track was skittish on the edge of stability control.

        But that GC baby, drive like a compleat idiot, stomp and steer what a blast. If you are going to have ludicrous power might as well be able to put it down!

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    200 mph in a Jeep Grand Cherokee – I see a Darwin award in the making.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    Regardless as to how one views this particular product, this demonstrates further that Jeep/Dodge has what General Motors deeply lacks:

    BALLS.

    Cadillac teases the Elmiraj, yet builds the weak sauce CT6, which will flop as badly as the ATS & 3rd Gen CTS did.

    In the meantime, Dodge sells every last Hellcat Charger/Challenger/whatever they can build, with a wait list for more.

    GM has no balls.

    GM has a soft, fluffy vagina, that sits atop a loose, large shag pile of gross incompetence.

    • 0 avatar
      Patrick M

      What’s wrong with having a vagina?

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Nothing.

        But, for hypothetical purposes, let’s assume an auto “executive” of an alleged “premium” marque promises Grade A, Prime Beef, then continuously delivers select grade, overpriced, tough, bland product, and tries to conceal this fact and distract attention from it with a bizarre “the arena” ad campaign and fancy SoHo digs, because the corporate parent has given this “exec” such leeway…

        Don’t promise Kobe beef and deliver CTShit on a Shingle, JdN.

      • 0 avatar
        krhodes1

        It’s OK to have a hard vagina in DeadWieght world, just not a soft fluffy one.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Nothing.

        But, for hypothetical purposes, let’s assume an auto “executive” of an alleged “premium” marque promises Grade A, Prime Beef, then continuously delivers select grade, overpriced, tough, bland product, and tries to conceal this fact and distract attention from it with a bizarre “the arena” ad campaign and fancy SoHo digs, because the corporate parent has given this “exec” such leeway…

        Don’t promise Kobe beef and deliver CT$hit with a whiff of a base 4 banger motor on a Shingle (when any “premium” vehicle the size of the CT6 attempting to recapture Cadillac’s brash American stance should have a base 8 cylinder motor (and an optional 10 or 12 cylinder one) JdN & Melody “brand matters, product doesn’t” Lee.

        • 0 avatar

          I’m starting to wonder if Deadweight is one of my Blood relatives…

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            You, I and some others here are just far more honest & direct about things automotive.

            If you’re an automaker,

            1) Have a clear, unambiguous, uncompromising vision and identity.

            2) Be honest to yourself and your customers. If you build economy cars, build an economy car with those expectations and price it as such. The same is true of a luxury car or a performance car.

            3) Don’t do anything half-hearted. Commit to the product and the customer 100%. Don’t produce a Cadillac ATS with a backseat smaller than a Civic and a ride harsher & less refined than a Pontiac, with 4 banger POS motors, and horrific lack of reliability/durability (especially don’t do this with a CTS at 55k+).

            4) Don’t try and parrot other well-established brands. Carve out a unique identity.

            5) GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT, NOT WHAT YOU THINK THEY SHOULD GET.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            That would make an interesting family reunion.

          • 0 avatar
            PeriSoft

            “I’m starting to wonder if Deadweight is one of my Blood relatives…”

            Heck, I’ve been confusing your posts since I came back here last fall. Whether or not that’s good is an exercise I’ll leave to the readers… ;)

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        Patrick M – there are those that say the Ram logo is a subliminal depiction of the female anatomy.
        http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://collegecandy.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/04/girliemen.gif%253Fw%253D600%2526h%253D350%2526quality%253D85%2526strip%253Dall&imgrefurl=http://collegecandy.com/2007/08/05/this-just-in-the-dodge-ram-is-totally-a-uterus/&h=345&w=500&tbnid=Pzx32fcp0otsRM:&zoom=1&docid=zxoxF7T6bPwnCM&ei=H3aEVfKoMsXToASW8rnYDw&tbm=isch&ved=0CB0QMygBMAE

        So FCA has balls and GM doesn’t.

        Does that mean Ram is transgendered?

    • 0 avatar
      BrunoT

      But how many is that? Hundreds? A couple thousand?

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Dear FCA:

    The “lets put a monster engine in everything we make” strategy did not work in the 2000’s, it won’t work in the 2010’s either.

    • 0 avatar
      SlowMyke

      Define “work”. Thus far it appears they can sell every one they make. I’d say that’s working. Now whether it makes sense in the long term with impending legislation and the ever precarious economic environment, that’s another story.

    • 0 avatar
      FractureCritical

      you do realize that basically for the cost or rearranging parts they already make in cars they already sell, they’re getting gobs of otherwise expensive press coverage, right?

      Besides, they may lose money on the Hellcat models, but they’ll make metric craploads on the V6 models with the inevtiable Hellcat inspired appearance package.

      • 0 avatar
        Lorenzo

        EXACTLY. The Expensive, eye-popping performance models will be few in number, but it gives street cred to the models that will have the Pentastar V6 or regular V8. FCA has a guy in charge of sales who knows what he/she is doing. GM, as Peter DeLorenzo is constantly pointing out, has nobody in charge of sales/marketing to tell design/engineering what to build for the market. The result of GM’s marketing drift is what DeadWeight and BTSR keep complaining about.

    • 0 avatar
      maxxcool7421

      They have sold EVERY single unit built thus far. :)

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Dodge has people wanting to pay MSRP + 10k to 20k for Hellcats of various types.

        In the meantime, Cadillac has fire sales with as much as 18k to 25k off their “lauded” Vs and, especially, V-Sports.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          DeadWeight – so you are saying that GM needs to put the Corvette V8 in to everything to be successful?

          • 0 avatar
            mcarr

            It certainly couldn’t hurt.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            EVERY Cadillac should come with a base V8, period.

            No exceptions.

            GM is so incompetent that it defies description via use of the English Language (the vocabulary isn’t comprehensive/expansive enough to convey the depths of GM’s incompetence).

            I don’t always agree with Jack (though I mostly do on AUTOMOTIVE related topics), but he NAILED (predicted) Cadillac’s FAILURE back in 2012:

            https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/how-gm-could-save-the-cadillac-ats-from-its-otherwise-inevitable-fate-of-complete-marketplace-failure/

            Change that title today to “How GM Could Save The Cadillac CT6 From Its Otherwise Inevitable Fate of Complete Marketplace Failure” and it will still be as true & predictive of the CT6 today as it was then of the ATS.

          • 0 avatar
            VenomV12

            Umm, I’m okay with that.

          • 0 avatar

            I agree Im sure it wouldnt hurt sales.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Agreed, but by the time they do that the brand will be folded.

          • 0 avatar
            el scotto

            Ah, but the vaunted Corvette engine is GM’s holy of holies and and only limited to a very few, and very expensive non-Corvette models. FCA will put the biggest engine possible in anything they make across the board. Holding the Corvette sacred by making its engine sacred just shows GM’s thinking hasn’t changed ad will never change.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Precisely.

            GM thinking: develop a multi billion dollar award winning motor which is only offered in a handful of models and offer less than compelling motors in all other models which apparently don’t matter.

  • avatar
    energetik9

    Just not that excited. If I wanted performance, I’d buy a sports car with a lower center of gravity and more handling capability. High HP without handling is a waste.

    If for some reason a high power SUV was the last option I had, a BMW X5M or Cayenne/Macan turbo would be my first choice.

  • avatar
    AdventureSteve

    What the hell is this thing? Why isn’t Jeep making an enthusiast vehicle for off-road? Greenlight the Africa concept or something.

    • 0 avatar
      SlowMyke

      They have the wrangler already, and endless mopar after market options.

      Besides, fast and crazy hp output is better marketing these days than rock crawling ability. Even the Raptor has a rally racer bent.

      • 0 avatar
        AdventureSteve

        So you’re saying more people track their Jeeps than take them off-road? Going real fast is about the dumbest thing you can do on-road, never mind off-road.

        • 0 avatar
          SlowMyke

          I never said people had to street race their srt jeeps. You said they should build off road specialties, which is the wrangler.

          People like gobs of power in whatever they drive, so why not their SUV, too? FCA shouldn’t be responsible for people being idiots on the road. They are a business filling a niche need. The market is there, so why not. You don’t have to buy it. And it’s not like everyone who buys it will wreck it. People manage all sorts of ridiculously powerful cars all the time. Likely, they’ll buy it for the image and drive it like a normal car and maybe burn out every now and then.

          • 0 avatar
            AdventureSteve

            Jeep is supposed to be an off-road and utility vehicle brand. As you have pointed out, though, the Wrangler is the only vehicle they make that actually meets that description. There has to be a larger market for a larger off-road SUV than for a faster on-road SUV. I grew up thinking Magnum P.I.’s Ferrari was a fast car, but considering that even the Wrangler is that fast today, I have to wonder…what’s the point of all that speed? There’s no way to drive an SUV this fast responsibly, and, yes, FCA is therefore responsible for enabling the idiotic behavior of the people who will drive these.

          • 0 avatar
            SlowMyke

            Technically there is no “responsible” way to drive any vehicle faster than the speed limit, save for at a track. Are you saying Ferrari should be responsible for every one of their clientele’s poor driving decisions? FCA has a responsibility to design the vehicle to handle a reasonable amount of speed, and I’m sure there will be tweaks made to the suspension among other adjustments.

            And yeah. Look at today’s market. There’s definitely a bigger market for fast anything over off road anything. Does anyone here really think the Cherokee and the Renegade are the-real-deal off road machines? They seem to sell pretty well despite the fact. There’s not a vehicle brand out there today that sells more than a few thousand units/year that actually sticks to their brand’s stated identity. Why should FCA not take advantage of Jeep’s growing popularity right now? It seems to be the only bright spot in their portfolio. They should probably make a jeep challenger and jeep grand caravan while their at it.

  • avatar
    maxxcool7421

    Hey Jeep, I’m going to PIR in Oregon on the 1st of august.. I’ll test it for you so I can destroy my bosses modded-c63 :P :D

  • avatar
    BigOldChryslers

    The RAM1500 needs the hellcat engine next. Li’l Red Express redux.

  • avatar
    cartunez

    I am sorry but other the Volt technology and the Slade (the Slade is iffy) GM is not doing anything interesting. The Koreans are the new Cadillac. Hell the K900 and Genesis remember me of old school American floaty big cars. I know Deadweight loves to dance on caddy grave but I have to agree with him they are toast. I loved my CTS V and its was definitely performance wise ahead of the competition but the fit and finish sucked. Leaks and squeeks in a car you want 70K for is insane. Best thing about that car was maintenance was cheap and the rush from that power plant was divine.

    • 0 avatar
      cartunez

      I really dislike auto correct

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      Yeah, if you have to make compromises, or if you get nickel and dimed (or $500ed and $1000ed) any point during the ownership experience, it’s not a luxury car.

      It’s much easier to make an expensive car, then to make a luxury car. I can name a lot of expensive cars, and only one or two luxury cars.

  • avatar
    baconator

    I can’t wait to read an interview with the aerodynamics engineer.

    And also, it should be called the Hell-o-kee-tee.

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      “No, they didn’t ask me.”

      “Doesn’t matter, the engine’s big enough to shove a brick through the air at that speed.”

      That’s probably what the old-school muscle car crowd wants to hear! At least judging by the aerodynamics of those old school muscle cars…

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    Would have prefered a Dodge Magnum HellCat but this will do.

  • avatar
    CincyDavid

    I can’t imagine ever buying anything FCA builds, not on my radar. I have no issue with fast SUV’s, if somebody wants to buy the silly things, and FCA can make a buck on them, why not?

    Cadillac and Lincoln have become irrelevant. Just like DeSoto got squeezed out of their price niche in 1961, and Olds and Mercury went away, Cadillac and Lincoln aren’t nice enough to play in the legitimate luxury segment, and are not differentiated enough from their Chevy and Ford corporate cousins to make sense for most buyers.

  • avatar
    brn

    Is it trail rated?

  • avatar
    geozinger

    These comments have been kind of funny, most here see this car as something (relatively) new, I see this car as playing catch up with Mercedes, Porsche, et al.

    Who really needs an AMG G63 (Gelaendewagen) or a Turbo Cayenne? Obviously somebody. Why shouldn’t FCA cash in on this trend?

    At the same time, FCA needs to make hay while the sun shines, so to speak. The upcoming stringent EPA rules, and a possible merger with someone could hamstring further development and sales of cars like this.

    As Der Arnold (Schwarzenegger) would say: Do it now!

    Not the right ride for me at this time, but if I had the bucks, I’d do it.

    • 0 avatar
      baconator

      Mmm…no, this seems very different to me. This bests both the G63 and the Turbo Cayenne by a *large* margin on horsepower and torque. There’s also a pretentiousness to the Turbo Cayenne and G63 that doesn’t attach to the Jeep brand – those cars are marketed as all-round performance vehicles, which is fake positioning. The Cherokee is supposed to be a straight-line muscle car, a role in which it has credibility.

      I’ve never, once, thought that owning a Cayenne Turbo or X6M would be fun or interesting, but somehow a Cherokee Hellcat has me pulling out the spreadsheet to see if I could squeeze in another $1000/month lease.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    I feel like I just read comments from some extremists in MADD, not comments on a auto enthusiast site. Deride this and be cursed to drive a moped for all eternity, the best in the automotive world comes from creations that aren’t reasonable. This is no different. Your no more likely to die in this than you are a 1969 Cadillac, or a 1999 Accord.

    I would much rather see a Jeep offer a competitor to the GMT400 design with the GMT800 simplicity and the K2XX quality; besting all 3 categories of course. But your wasting oxygen saying someone else shouldn’t have it because your ideals are more salient than any (actual) potential consumers.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      Or when you need an SUV, you need an SUV. Towing with a G-Wagon or a Cayenne? It doesn’t happen often. Some people have boats/horse trailers/jets skis to tow and a Grand Cherokee serves that purpose nicely. The once and future Wagoneer gives FCA demographics Ford and Chevy could only hope for. It is disheartening to see the haterade being served by the pitcher. I understand that many of you don’t like SUVs/CUVs. Go research why V-10 Excursions are SUVs of desire. Then you might understand why this Cherokee is desirable.

  • avatar
    derekson

    The issue to me with developing this kind of vehicle is that FCA doesn’t have the money to both develop insane performance versions as well as things like plug-in hybrid versions that are needed for the future. Yeah, Porsche makes the Cayenne Turbo S and Mercedes makes a GLE AMG 63 S, but they both also have plug-in hybrid versions in the works to offer eco-friendly options and cover the market as well as hitting tougher CAFE numbers. FCA has limited money for R&D and they’re spending significant amounts of it to beef up the AWD system in the JGC to handle a 700+ HP engine.

    It seems like a very short term plan, investing in more Hellcat things because the Hellcat Charger and Challenger have sold well, but it isn’t setting FCA up for the future which is going to be a significant issue soon. It just seems like another sign that Marchionne is only interested in boosting the short-term P&L numbers to prepare for a merger with a company that actually has an R&D future.

    • 0 avatar
      Power6

      I see what are saying, but if the program is profitable why not? I do believe the SRT has been one of the most successful in house performance divisions when it comes to making cars enthusiasts want to buy at profitable prices.

      • 0 avatar
        derekson

        The issue to me is opportunity cost. Even if they make some money off of these (the dealers are likely to make more off of them via markups than FCA will actually make on margin though), they’re diverting engineering time and money that could be spend on something more forward-looking. They have a finite amount of engineering resources, and every bit they use on niche performance vehicles is taking away from their development of future technology and future volume models.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      The type of people that buy performance Hybrids and the type that buy SRT performance vehicles are two different groups. Buying a Hybrid Porsche means double the badge whoredom, buying a Hybrid Challenger means the Hybrid whoring badge is cancelled out by the American badge on the front. FCA needs profit and reputation building, which the hellcat throws out in spades. Any company stupid enough to throw all that money down the drain on a Hybrid version that obviously wouldn’t sell deserves the end result.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        “performance Hybrids”

        Shouldn’t this be an oxymoron, I mean this in all seriousness? The whole point of a hybrid is efficiency and the point of a performance vehicle is well performance at the expense of efficiency.

        • 0 avatar
          derekson

          Why should that be an oxymoron? Have you ever seen a Le Mans prototype from this decade? Hybrid assist and torque fill make for GREAT performance enhancement, while also helping performance models to attain reasonable MPG numbers.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I have not seen this prototype, so no I was not aware. The hybrids which have been marketed thus far have been geared toward economy. If there really is a best of both worlds, sure I think it could be great.

    • 0 avatar
      dshiffer

      Precisely. FCA is in trouble and these won’t sell more of anything. Non-enthusiasts (overwhelming majority of car buyers) couldn’t care less about these things.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I agree this is a distinct possibility.

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