The 2018 or 2019 model may be the last generation of the Grand Cherokee (we will update this space as soon as we have the official info).The fourth-generation Grand Cherokee is currently debuting as a 2011 model powered by the older Mercedes-Benz M-Class platform.
Despite the old platform, the Grand Cherokee continues to impress with off-road capabilities, comfort, technology, engine options, and several variants.The engine is likely to be brought in from the 2017 model and is equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 295-hp, V-8 with a 5.7 liter 360 hp, 3.0-liter 420-lb-ft V-6 turbotiesel and a high-performance 475-hp 6.4 liter V-8.Automatic eight speed is offered with rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive.The all-new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is powered by a capacity of 707 hp, 645-lb-ft 6.2 liter supercharged V-8 which is mated to an eight-speed automatic motor that directs power to the all-wheel-drive system.
In addition to the outrageous engines, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will present standard Brembo brakes with six large yellow pistons on the front, four-piston yellow calipers at the rear, 20-inch wheels, Nappa leather seats and suede, native premium metal trims, and Berber embroidery mats.In addition, the default is a 8.4 inch Uconnect touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Trackhawk Performance Pages that monitor and record various performance parameters.Each front door gets a “Supercharged” badge, hatch gets the “Trackhawk” badge, and there is a 200 mph speedometer.Jeep claims the Trackhawk can reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, completing a quarter-mile distance at 11.6 seconds at 116 mph, and reaching a top speed of 180 mph.Stay tuned for our full review at Trackhawk Jeep Grand Cherokee.
We are tempted to let you know that TrackFawk Jeep Grand Cherokee 2018 is ridiculous.It’s very frightening to think that now we live in a world where everyone with money and money to eat can get into the nearest Jeep dealer and order a Grand Cherokee powered 707 horsepower.Let’s put this piece of history into perspective.The original Jeep, used military, boasted 60 horsepower from the four-cylinder Go Devil engine under the hood.The most powerful version of the era of 426-cubic-inch Hemi car muscle is a factory with 425 hp rating.And even if the legendary powerplant is underrated from the factory, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk still eliminates it with several hundred horses.
In an SUV.The seven-hundred-horse sports utility vehicle does not exactly roll off the tongue, does it?And conventional wisdom says it should not.But we are here to tell you otherwise.After driving the Trackhawk on and around the streets of Portland, Maine, and taking it to Club Motorsports in New Hampshire, we are confident that Jeep and SRT engineers have successfully opposed physics and reason.Trackhawk is not only fast, but also manageable.Calm down, even – at least if you want to.
Put the hammer down, call the supercharged burning power that is almost devil, and all hell slipped away.But the tires are not.With well-executed launch controls and with a properly programmable programmable speed, the Trackhawk rocket all-wheel-drive up to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds, over and over again.No drama, no steering wheel, just g-force, presses you and four close friends to the back of your seat.It’s addictive, and the only punishment is a single-digit fuel mileage.But we’ll guess that there are people who shop for Trackhawk not too concerned with drinking problems.
The only proper way to experience Trackhawk acceleration is from within.But, to give an idea of the speed and strength, see the video below.Stick around for a walkaround both inside and out, and to see under the hood.
Jeep had to make some minor changes to the famous 6.2 liter Hellcharger V8 engine to plug it under the Grand Cherokee awning.The oil pot is reshaped and confused, the intercooler is modified, and the new exhaust manifold.The result is a torque reduction of 650 pound-feet on the Dodge Hellcat model to 645 in the Jeep, but we will not worry about it.Keep your feet planted for 11.6 seconds and you will cross the quarter mile threshold.We reached 120 miles per hour in straight length at Club Motorsports, but if we had a longer runway, we had zero doubt that the Trackhawk would reach the top speed of 180 mph it claimed.
We feel obliged to remind you again that Trackhawk is an SUV, not a sports car.Fortunately the six-piston Brembo calipers and the 15.75 inch rotor on the front and the four-piston calipers with the 13.78-inch rotor on the back are the largest ever mounted on a Jeep.Brake and submarine sized 5.363 pounds that will stop from 60 in just 114 feet.
Maybe not to say, but we’ll say it.No one will take the Trackhawk off-road.Jeep knows this and gets rid of unnecessary things like a remote transfer box and mud or rock mode from the Selec-Track field management system.It leaves Auto, Sport, Track, Snow and Tow modes to choose from.
The four-wheel drive Grand Cherokee Quadra-Trac system is powered to handle exceptional supercharged engine power with new drive shaft, stronger rear axle, forged steel forged sprocket and stronger differential housing.The eight-speed automatic transmission is the only available gearbox.
We have no doubts with the powertrain, or Jeep claims that the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the most powerful and fastest SUV ever made.But we hope the steering ratio is faster than 16.5: 1. Too often we find ourselves sawing on wheels to keep Trackhawk under control.Unit of variable ratio will definitely help.Once directed in the right direction, Jeep’s skills in programming the all-wheel-drive system shine.There is not much drama about how Trackhawk handles twisties, even though there are big bumps under the hood.Grippy P295 / 45ZR20 tires help, but the overall flavor is planted and lack of body roll initially comes as a surprise.
Jeep installs the Trackhawk with a nice and fat wheel at every location your hand takes.The paddle shifter on the rear of the wheel works well, but the transmission shift logic is pretty good so most of us do not bother with them.The seats at Trackhawk are comfortable, but owners who plan on using their Jeeps on the racetrack may want more aggressive support.
There aren’t a lot of obvious exterior changes to separate the Trackhawk from the regular-grade Grand Cherokee SRT. Badging is different, of course, and so are the exhaust tips at the rear. Up front is a new fascia made most noticeable by the loss of its fog lamps, which are replaced with air intakes to help keep things cool under the hood.
Jeep dropped the ride height of the Trackhawk by an inch, and we think the SUV looks best with the optional flat-black forged 20-inch wheels fitted with Pirelli P-Zero three-season tires. A backup set of wheels with proper winter tires are likely an absolute necessity in snowy climates. We doubt many owners will be towing ultra heavy loads with the Trackhawk, but its 7,200-pound max rating certainly allows for trailers, jet skis or dirt bikes.
With prices starting at $ 86,995, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 2018 is not cheap. But the price is cheaper, faster and more powerful than the BMW X5M or Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. It’s also $ 2,000 more expensive than Demon Dodge Demon 840-horsepower. But the demon is a one-trick pony, and Trackhawk is most definitely not. In fact, the newest super-powerful Jeep utility vehicle may be the perfect car for anyone who wants practical performance.
We got into our first assignment in Trackhawk thinking it was ridiculous. And that, but not for the reasons we think. What’s really crazy is how well it works.