Jeep Is Working on the Ultimate Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Photos have been spotted of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk prototype, and there’s a more aggressive hood scoop that can be seen. Did something pop into your head just now? Yes, it seems that there’s a more powerful version of this vehicle that is already a powerful SUV that is in the works.
Car and Driver believe that it might be a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Redeye, which means it might use the same 797-hp version of the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8. That’s what’s in the most potent versions of the Charger Hellcat models and Challenger. Compared to the Trackhawk’s 707-hp current version of this engine, the higher-output motor would add 90 horsepower and around another 50 or so lb-ft of torque to the tally.
We can only go by what the hood scoop is cluing is on. It’s possible that Jeep can also beef up the brakes or suspension slightly which will deal with the extra grunt. However, if it inherits the Redeye name (nothing has been decided yet), it’ll get different badging which will differentiate it from the current Trackhawk. A price increase is expected over the current Trackhawk’s, which has a starting price of $88,395 (plus destination fee).
This Trackhawk model will likely serve as a farewell vehicle to the current-generation Grand Cherokee. Just as the next-generation SUV is scheduled to arrive for the 2021 model year. So what’s New for 2020?
The vehicle has been unchanged since its 2018 model, and the 2020 Trackhawk is receiving the slightest of updates. There’s a new yellow Trackhawk badge on its liftgate, and a single-pane sunroof becomes standard equipment. There are the new 20-inch wheels, a two-tone black-gray premium leather interior, and an upgraded exterior lighting package.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Trackhawk: $88,395 (plus destination fee)
Despite it costing nearly $19K more than the 475-hp SRT Grand Cherokee, the Trackhawk earns its worth by being one of the quickest SUVs available. While most of its options are mere tinsel, opting for the Jeep’s Pirelli P Zero, summer tires are an option, and by getting the towing package, it can fully unlock all of the Trackhawk’s capabilities. What about the engine, the transmission, and performance?
Engine, Transmission, and Performance:
The Trackhawk might be the hottest thing ever to wear the Jeep badge. The Hellcat engine has a mind-blowing acceleration and a soundtrack that raises the roof of the vehicle. Its 707 horsepower is the same as the Hellcat Challenger and Charger siblings, but it has a more restrictive exhaust system which decreases its torque by 5 lb-ft (645 total).
So forget the trails, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was built to conquer the race track and the open road. The Trackhawk’s all-wheel-drive traction has allowed the Jeep to go from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The ‘Hawk’s throttle (a device that controls the flow of fuel or power to the engine) is very responsive.
The Trackhawk still has respectable and stable handling that can be utilized when on twisty back roads and highway ramps—and it would also feel right at home on a racetrack. The electrically assisted steering system feels quick enough. The Brembo brake calipers (six-piston front and four-piston rear) hauled the Trackhawk down from 70 mph in 168 feet; while its brake pedal felt firm and responsive during daily use, that distance is merely average among similar high-performance crossovers.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo:
If the Trackhawk’s extroverted exterior isn’t proof enough, the bright interior will further prove that this Jeep prefers the racetracks and the twisty roads to rocky trails. Inside, the passenger accommodations are highlighted by the front seats that offer comfort and support, especially when tracking the ‘Hawk. The smooth leather that’s on top of the dashboard and door panels make up for luxurious touches, and the carryover switchgear and inconsistent panel gaps remind us that pure luxury is reserved for premium-brand alternatives.
It’s aggressive powertrain and bodywork also inherits the cargo space and interior cubby storage from the regular Grand Cherokee range. This means that it has a similar carry-on capacity and the same limited number of places to secure small items. Every powered Grand Cherokee Hellcat has an 8.4-inch touchscreen that blends into the dash; the infotainment system—called Uconnect—includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi as standard.