Update: What was known for a while now, and now we can see it close to final product, is that Jeep’s next SUV will definitely be 6.2L Hemi V8 powered Trackhawk. This SUV is basically the car that was previously named Jeep Hellcat. Jeep is, for some time now, making SRT Grand Cherokee that has 475 hp and 470 pound-feet of torque created by 6.4L Hemi. After a couple experiments, successful at that, and creating 707-hp Dodge vehicles SRT felt that Jeep needs to be powered with something more powerful. Result of this cooperation between SRT and Jeep is 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. In many ways new Trackhawk resembles regular SRT Grand Cherokee Jeep, but we will make you see that for yourself in this exposed photos of Jeep’s latest installment:
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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Review
Back in 2014 Jeep was setting up a trademark agreement for the “Trackhawk” name which was going to be used on their future high performance models but since then they haven’t released a single car to bear this name even though there have been plenty of rumors suggesting that the brand would be applied first on the Grand Cherokee. Well, now that their crossover is ready to be replaced by a new model it seems that the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is finally going to be released and while the name might not say all that much, it would basically be a Hellcat in Jeep’s clothes.
Price and Release date
Rumors about this car have been floating around ever since 2015 but only quite recently Jeep’s CEO confirmed that such a car is in fact coming to the market. On top of that, its statement has basically been confirmed after a camouflaged Trackhawk has been spied testing on the open roads. Unlike Dodge which is offering their Hellcat models with quite a few exterior and interior changes, the new model of the Grand Cherokee is going to be quite subtle despite the massive engine under its hood. The car should be ready for the market by the mid of 2017 when it will likely be released for around $70,000 which would become one of the most expensive Jeep cars ever made.
Interior and Exterior Design
The test mule of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk we have seen a while ago was an SRT model wearing some camouflage over its front end as well as it had different wheels. What was notable was a slightly lower suspension to the front and large rims wrapped in high performance tires. At the front the bumper seems to have much larger air intakes than before and its grille will certainly be updated as well. The wheels are the same as on the SRT in size and design. The production model will likely feature a new design for these, while behind them there are all new Brembo calipers with much larger rotors than usual. The production model will likely be as low at the back as in the front and it should also get a slightly redesigned rear end as well.
This more subtle approach should fit the Grand Cherokee quite well as it is a family crossover and its design would not really make too much sense with a more aggressive body kit and a much lower ride height because it would no longer be a crossover. Its cabin should be nearly identical to the SRT with the only real difference being the addition of a new color for the upholstery and possibly new seats as well.
Engine and Drivetrain of new 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is going to be powered, unlike the other models in the range, by a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 petrol engine which is going to provide an outstanding 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque which, unlike on the Charger and the Challenger, are going to be all routed to an all wheel drive system via an 8 speed automatic. There is still no word on the updated Jeep made to its transmission in order to withstand all that power and torque but if they will manage to get it our as a production model, the Trackhawk is expected to become the quickest crossover to 60 MPH in the World with a time of around 3.5 seconds or less which is quite a bit faster than the BMW X5 M with its 3.7 seconds. Also, the top speed is likely going to be limited to around 140 to 160 MPH in order to not stress all that much the tires and transmission, especially if it will be all wheel drive.
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