The Six-figure Jeep Already Exists - Just Overseas

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
the six figure jeep already exists just overseas

When Jeep finally rolls out the Grand Wagoneer early next decade, there’s a chance buyers might fork over upwards of $100,000 for the hulking luxo-ute, depending on trim. Two years before ascending to the CEO’s office, then-Jeep head Mike Manley speculated that, if the vehicle was right, people might spend up to $140,000 on a Jeep-badged SUV.

Well, British buyers will be able to do that next year.

The vehicle in question isn’t the mysterious, long-off Grand Wagoneer, however — it’s the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Specifically, the Hellcat-powered Trackhawk version. With a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 underhood that’s good for 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque, the Trackhawk serves as the pinnacle of the Grand Cherokee line, though it’s difficult to imagine one in the UK.

This is the country that bans car ads that don’t show the driver asleep behind the wheel, after all. A Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk terrorizing law-abiding citizens on the nation’s dual carriageways? Perish the thought. Those 1-liter subcompacts won’t be able to get out of the way in time.

Still, it’s happening, though these brave Brits will have to pay a price. 89,999 pounds to start, Autocar reports — the equivalent of 114,692 American greenbacks. In the U.S., a Trackhawk retails for $87,695 after destination.

$100k domestic SUVs aren’t a shocking proposition anymore, what with the topmost trims of the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade nudging the six-figure barrier in the past year. Load up a Trackhawk with every available package and option (including Ivory Tri-coat and that CD player), and you’re looking at $99,165 after destination. Out the door? You’ve signed up for a comfortably six-figure bill.

The only thing Manley needs to worry about when it comes to the Grand Wagoneer and pricing is that buyers haven’t gotten the chance to spend money on one already. When it arrives (tentatively for the 2021 model year), the bold behemoth might find its window of opportunity closing. Then again, maybe by that time, Ford will have brought back the Excursion and e-Excursion.

As for Jeep’s UK road warrior, the local constabulary probably won’t have to worry about an island nation gripped by fear. There’s only 20 Trackhawks bound for the UK, and there’s a good chance several will be written off within a few months (weeks? hours?) of leaving the dealer lot.

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  • Superdessucke Superdessucke on Dec 02, 2018

    Bleep, just sell it in China. With the tarrifs the media never mentions, the price of the base model would be north of 100.

  • Robbie Robbie on Dec 03, 2018

    The perfect vehicle for the salesperson with a successful business selling white powder!

  • Wjtinfwb Over the years I've owned 3, one LH (a Concorde) a Gen 1 300 and a Gen 2 300C "John Varvatos". The Concorde was a very nice car for the time with immense room inside and decent power from the DOHC 3.5L. But quality was awful, it spent more time in the shop than the driveway. It gave way to a Gen 1 300, OK but the V6 was underwhelming in this car compared to the Concorde but did it's job. The Gen 1's letdown was the awful interior with acres of plastic, leather that did it's best imitation of vinyl and a featureless dashboard that looked lifted from a cheaper car. My last one was a '14 300C John Varvatos with the Pentastar. Great car, sufficient power and exceptional highway mileage. The interior was much better than the original as well. It was felled by a defective instrument cluster that took over 90 days to fix and was ultimately lemon law' d back to FCA. I'd love one of the 392 powered final edition 300s but understand they're already sold out and if I had an extra 60k available, would likely choose a CPO BMW 540i for comparable money.
  • Dukeisduke Thanks Cary. Folks need to make sure they buy the correct antifreeze, since there are some many OEM-specific ones out there (Dex-Cool, Ford gold, Toyota red and pink, etc.).And sorry to hear about your family situation - my wife and I have been dealing with her 88-yo mom, moving her into independent senior living, selling her house, etc. It's a lot to deal with.
  • FreedMike Always lusted after that first-gen 300 - particularly the "Heritage Edition," which had special 300 badging and a translucent plastic steering wheel (ala the '50s and '60s "letter cars").
  • Dave M. Although the effective takeover by Daimler is pooped upon, this is one they got right. I wasn't a fan of the LHs, mostly due to reported mechanical, NVH and build quality issues, but I though Chrysler hit it out of the park with the LXs. The other hyped release that year was the Ford Five Hundred, which, while a well-built car with superior interior space, couldn't hold a candle to the 300.
  • Art Vandelay I always liked those last FWD 300's. Been ages since I've seen one on the road though. Lots of time in the RWD ones as rentals. No complaints whatsoever.
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