2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Costs the Same As a Dodge Demon

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
2018 jeep grand cherokee trackhawk costs the same as a dodge demon

Jeep announced pricing for the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk this week and whether it’s a good value or not largely depends on your priorities. At $85,900 with an additional $1,095 destination charge, it’s essentially the same price as the Dodge Demon before dealer markups. That’s roughly $20,000 over Dodge’s four-door Charger SRT Hellcat, which uses the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine delivering an identical 707 horsepower.

So, how do you plate the price to make it appear more appetizing? Direct comparisons. Midsize performance SUVs sit in an odd category almost entirely dominated by premium German vehicles and two less-lavish American models using a seven-year-old platform derived with help from Daimler. What sets the Trackhawk apart is it’s the most bonkers of the bunch and manages its madness at a lower price point than the competition.

The BMW X5 M is debatably the best example in the segment. But it starts at over three figures and only delivers a lousy 567 horsepower with a top speed of 150 mph. While that might be fine if you want to convey your family across town quickly, it doesn’t ensure the same panicked screams as the Trackhawk’s 180 mph. The BMW may have superior curb appeal and a much nicer interior but it won’t terrify your children like the Jeep can — making it an invaluable parenting tool.

It’s a similar story for the rest of the performance SUV segment. You’ll always come up short on performance and, when you try, you’ll inevitably push yourself beyond the $100,000 mark.

According to FCA, the eight-speed all-wheel-drive Trackhawk’s supercharged V8 propels it to 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds and through the quarter mile in 11.6 — absolutely obliterating everything else in its category. Upgraded Brembo brakes, the largest ever fitted to a Jeep’s front end, allegedly bring the vehicle to a stop quicker than either the Durango SRT or Grand Cherokee SRT. Riding an inch closer to the ground than either, it also possesses Jeep’s Selec-Trac system, Bilstein adaptive damping, unique 20 x 10-inch titanium-finish wheels, yellow brake calipers, a redesigned fascia, and four exhaust ports.

However, if you want to upgrade the interior, you’ll have to shell out some extra dough. Among the most desirable options are likely Jeep’s dual-pane panoramic sunroof and towing package — assuming you want to take advantage of its 7,200-pound towing capabilities. Other premium options include a Harman Kardon high-performance audio system, dual-screen rear-seat entertainment with Blu-ray, lightweight forged aluminum black wheels, dark red seat belts, and a fully wrapped leather interior package in either black or black/dark red.

Color options for 2018 include Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Diamond Black, Ivory Tri-coat, Bright White, Velvet Red, True Blue and two exclusive colors: Rhino (which has to be non-metallic gray) and Redline 2.

Jeep says it will begin taking orders for the Trackhawk on August 10th.

[Images: FCA]

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  • Mrdcjohn Mrdcjohn on Aug 09, 2017

    Im back, You say we're out of butter ?

  • Flipper35 Flipper35 on Aug 10, 2017

    I would bet better than even money that the Jeep rides and drives better than the BMW in this case.

    • Krhodes1 Krhodes1 on Aug 10, 2017

      They would have to try really hard to make it ride worse than the BMW. I'd put my money on the BMW going around a racetrack better, but what is the point of taking an SUV on a racetrack?? This will certainly go down a dragstrip faster, but again, why???

  • RHD I wonder if these will be as easy to steal as so many other Kias are...
  • Zerog Isn't this the car that the self anointed AutoExtremist said would finally shut down Tesla AND the Prius?Just like his father - that Detroit bubble does him no good
  • Zerog When will the media admit that Mary Barra has simply been a disaster of a CEO, and "Dan the Man" Akerson is to blame?
  • Tassos When the Volt was on sale, it cost twice as much as the (better looking!) Chevy Cruze on which it was based. The interior of the Volt did not match that lofty price either. I like plug-in vehicles with a good Electric only range and no range anxiety. People with a 40 mile commute each way, if they were allowed to free charge at the office especially, could save some $ with the Volt, but not as much as to justify its lofty price.The 2nd gen VOlt was less nerdy looking than the 1st, but also even more similar to the new Cruze and indeed the Civic, which cost almost HALF. Then the geniuses at GM made a 2-door Caddy out of the Volt, the ELR, which was much smaller inside than the already cramped Volt, and... asked for... 4 times the price of the CRUZE. Don't remember the failed Caddy Cimarron? Neither did those morons.So a good idea in principle was screwed beyond recognition. GM Bled billions despite the lofty price, sold a bunch of VOlts, and finally had to cry "UNCLE". The end.I am not at all attracted by the VOlt's lousy interior. Its gas only MPG is also lousy compared to the ICE competition. A prius was 50% cheaper and far more sophisticated mechanically and got a stellar 50 MPG overall, and could be had in plugin with 10-20 mile range (the current one will double that again).
  • Buickman GM marketing killed many a car.