Jeep has been contemplating with the idea of releasing performance road-versions of its models for quite some time now. At first there were rumors about a Renegade with as much as 300 horsepower. Unfortunately up to this point they haven’t released it and it seems it won’t be the first. Instead, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be the first to wear the new badge. The car has been confirmed a while ago and they even said that it will be vastly different than the SRT. The two will actually share the showroom floor which is quite interesting. So far it seems that the Trackhawk will be a limited edition model released at the end of the life-cycle of the current Grand Cherokee.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – What is it?
The car will basically be the SUV version of the Hellcat cars. However, there will be quite a few differences between them. For starters, the Grand Cherokee will be the only of the lot to use all wheel drive. This should allow it to become one of the fastest accelerating SUVs ever made as well as one of the fastest. At this point the price or actual release date are not official. Most of us expect the car in the late 2017 with a base price of over $80,000. It would also become Jeep’s most expensive model by a big margin as well.
The running gear and drivetrain
Many said that the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk would not receive all wheel drive because it would be impossible to route so much power through the driveshafts of the Grand Cherokee. This is not entirely true. The Trackhawk will use a completely redesigned running gear. For starters, the car will get a lower suspension system, beefed up axle components as well as limited slip differential and larger brakes. In fact, from the spy shots we have seen a few days ago it seems that it will actually use carbon-ceramic front disc brakes which is very interesting for this price point. The wheels seem to be as wide as the body can accommodate which is similar to what happens to the last edition of the Challenger.
Under the hood of 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The Trackhawk is definitely going to use a supercharged V8 engine. While Chrysler hasn’t confirmed that it will be using the 6.2 liter Hellcat V8, it is quite clear that it will. The engine is currently capable of 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. From the early reports, a 0 to 60 MPH time of 3.5 seconds should be more than possible. Also, the top speed will be well over 150 MPH which is approaching the limits of the Mercedes-based chassis. The transmission will likely be the same eight speed automatic as in the other Hellcat cars. Thanks to all of these, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be one of the most insane SUVs ever made for sure. Its limited availability will also assure its owners that the value will go up in time.
The design, inside and out
So far there have been no reports of its cabin with minor exceptions. We have seen roll-cages in most test mules but this doesn’t mean the production version will get one. However, expect better seats, likely similar to what is available in the other Hellcat products. The exterior seems to be mostly based on the SRT. However, the front end will be new. There seems to be an all new bumper with a much larger opening as well as a small splitter. The grille seems similar to that of the regular SRT while the headlights are identical as well. At the back we expect a new exhausts and more than likely a roof-spoiler and a diffuser.