Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Revealed

With its eight-speed automatic transmission, the Trackhawk runs from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, maxes out at 180 MPH, and can do the quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds. Can it tow up to 7,200 pounds as well? There's no official pricing out on the Trackhawk yet, but it'll be at the New York Auto Show this week and deliveries are expected to begin in the fall.

The Trackhawk will, naturally, have 707 horsepower like other Hellcats. Indeed, the brand claims: "the most awarded SUV ever and the most capable full-size SUV on the planet has been transformed into the most powerful and quickest SUV ever".

Brembo brakes are another upgrade for the Trackhawk, with 15.75-inch rotors on the front and 13.78-inches on the back.

The new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will go on-sale in the U.S. later this year but there are now no plans for it to arrive Down Under. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard, as is 4WD.

Four-wheel-drive with an electronic limited-slip rear differential and a single-speed active transfer case is standard. For added strength and durability, the latter part is augmented by a wider chain and forged steel chain sprockets.

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has just dethroned the Bentley Bentayga as the world's most powerful SUV. When enabled, Launch Control also enables a new Torque Reserve system, which improves engine torque response and acceleration performance by pre-positioning the supercharger bypass valve to minimize manifold fitting time, cutting fuel to specific cylinders, and managing ignition timing. A Tesla Model X may be quicker, but then again, the electrified SUV can't hit 180 miles per hour (290 km/h) and nor can it tow up to 7,200 pounds (3,266 kilograms) when properly equipped.

The standard adaptive suspension, which provides a 1.0-inch lower ride height, can be adjusted via the Grand Cherokee's Selec-Track system.

The front of the Trackhawk features Jeep's signature seven-slot grille and has extensive modifications to feed air to the thirsty engine and cooling systems, such as removing the foglights to optimize airflow. The rear is accented with four-inch black-chrome quad exhaust tips. The dashboard is dominated by the 8.4-inch touchscreen which offers Performance Pages, allowing the driver to scroll through lap timers, gauges and a new engine dynamometer screen that displays instantaneous horsepower, torque and the gear; there's a snapshot function that allows the driver to take a screen grab of this... Beyond this it's also got Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop; Advanced Brake Assist; Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection; Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation; Front and Rear Park Assist; Lane Departure Warning-Plus; and Ready Alert Braking.

There is also a (necessary) Valet mode, which locks out first gear and significantly reduces power and torque.

The 2018 model is available in nine flavors: True Blue, Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Diamond Black, Ivory Tri-coat, Bright White, Velvet Red, Rhino, and Redline 2.

  • Carolyn Briggs