By on April 10, 2017

[Image: FCA]

Just in time for spring and dry pavement, FCA heeds the internet credo to Hellcat All the Things by dropping that model’s supercharged 6.2-liter mill in its Jeep Grand Cherokee.

This completes the trifecta of gonzo SUVs, with the Tesla Model X and fish-faced Bentley Bentayga already scorching the pavement. Think a Jeep won’t play in the same league as those rarified SUVs? Both of those vehicles lay claim to 0-60 times in the three-and-a-half second range; with 707 hp on tap, all-wheel drive, and an estimated weight of around 900 lbs more than a Charger Hellcat, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk should do the same.

That’s quicker than the last Corvette ZR1, Ferrari F12, and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – just to name a few. Keep in mind, this is a two-box SUV into which one can fit a dining room table. With a Jeep badge on the bonnet. Remarkable.

Inside this altar to speed, disciples of horsepower will find a 200 mph speedometer, the Hellcat’s Performance Pages app displaying 0-60 times, and an Eco button. That’s right, an Eco button is found inside a 707 hp, all-wheel-drive Jeep. That’s like putting a Greenpeace sticker on the tip of a Tomahawk missile.

[Image: FCA]

Brembo brakes will arrest forward motion with all the subtlety of a frying pan to the face, while a beefed up TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic and stronger rear axle will be deployed to handle the apocalyptic levels of power. Vanquishing a strategic error of the original Grand Cherokee SRT, the quad exhausts tips will not be centrally positioned, allowing for the installation of a trailer hitch. There is expected to be a tow mode as one of the five driving settings —Track, Sport, Automatic, Tow, Snow — so drivers can haul their trailer to the family campsite in record time. Be sure to batten down all the crockery.

[Image: FCA]

In fact, the Trackhawk will have few visual cues when compared to the Grand Cherokee SRT. Save for the enormous brakes peeking out from behind the 295-section tires on forged rims and those quad exhausts, it seems that the only Trackhawk-specific exterior markings will be a brace of supercharged badges and a front fascia devoid of fog lights.

Jeep describes the existing 475 horsepower Grand Cherokee SRT as possessing “mind bending performance,” so the marketing mavens will doubtlessly be kicking the hyperbole into overdrive in order to define the pavement-pounding performance of a 707 hp Jeep. Reportedly, power will be shuttled 30/70 front to rear in Track mode, 40/60 in Automatic mode, and 50/50 in Snow mode.

Pricing? Not announced at this time, but a Monroney sticker of about $85,000 would be a good educated guess. Expect to see the GC Trackhawk in dealers towards the end of this year.

[Image: FCA]

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24 Comments on “NYIAS 2017: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Promises 707-horsepower Family Fun...”

  • avatar

    In the spirit of Jack’s article of earlier this morning, resurrect the Barcelona package. I bet FCA would sell 15 of them to every one of these.

  • avatar

    This car literally makes me giggle. It’s a trip.

    I’m only sad that BTSR isn’t here to share his joy. Trump’s inaguration and the Hellcat Jeep debut, both within the same 3 months. He’s walking on sunshine right now.

    • 0 avatar

      Indeed – this article just isn’t the same without BTSR trumpeting his joy in all-capital letters.

      Personally, I’m glad that this truck exists. It’s silly in all the best ways.

    • 0 avatar

      NoID, my son’s 2012 SRT8 was scary enough, but I bet this thing is even scarier.

      And speaking of Trump’s 3 months, there were Gorsuch’s swearing-in ceremonies this morning seating him on the SCOTUS.

      Now THERE is something that will last generations! YUUUUUUUGE!

      I’m impressed!

  • avatar

    Being ridiculous simply because you can is a wonderful thing.

  • avatar

    I wonder if my supplier discount would apply to this….:)

  • avatar

    At this rate, FCA will have a HellCat version of everything.

    If you don’t have the R&D money to engineer something new, put a HUGE VERY BIG engine in it ;)

  • avatar

    Peak Jeep – jumped the shark.

    • 0 avatar

      Now THAT would be an excellent commercial. Literally jump that frigging shark. And then come back for more.

      Jeep. The Only Brand That Can Actually Jump A Real Shark And Keep On Going. :)

  • avatar

    1) From an engineering/desirability standpoint, not horrible. I would probably rather have this, than say a Honda HRV or a Prius.

    2) However, after getting a shuttle ride to the FCA dealer’s “other” lot to see if they’d already sold their $38k Charger Daytona 392 in a regular Grand Cherokee, I was quickly corrected on the idea that this car is in any way practical. I was in the passenger seat, and moving my seat up far enough to let my wife and kids sit comfortably in the back, my front left knee was banging on the dash with every bump. By several inches – it wasn’t even close. WTF, FCA? A huge monstrosity like this, and not even enough room for adults front and back? Reminds of the RAM pickup I had to ride in the back of around 15 years ago – missing about 8 inches of legroom. I had to sit super-spread-legged for the whole 1.5 hour ride back.

    3) Put some form of this AWD into the charger (especially the regular 6.4/392) for $3-4k more than the RWD, and we’ll talk. 37-40k for a cheap Daytona 392 – 40-45k for an AWD version, and I’m there..

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    Is there a website or Instaspam page up yet for “monumental Hellcat crashes” ?

  • avatar

    I’m sure that this will start at $100K up here in Canuckistan, SRTs start at about $75K CAD… Who would’ve thunk it….a +$100K Jeep.

    • 0 avatar

      “Who would’ve thunk it….a +$100K Jeep.”
      One would have to me mentally retarded to pay over $20k for any Jeep/Dodge product. Their products are garbage.

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