For many years, the automotive world, especially in the United States, was expecting an SUV with insane power, something capable of breaking all the rules. Fiat Chrysler and its crazy production-based creations under the Dodge Hellcat badge were thought to be the ideal candidates for the mission.
Now, the carmaker chose the 2017 New York Auto Show to present the most powerful SUV in the world, at least by the numbers. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk could be the wildest beast in its segment for a very long time. Only by taking care of the American tradition, we could expect this angry vehicle to be a remarkable success in no time.
What will the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk offer alongside its colossal engine and record-breaking numbers? Plenty.
Inside the Monster
We are not exaggerating when we say that the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is now the most powerful SUV in the world. That’s exactly what Jeep wanted with this flashy development. Following the tracks left by the Challenger and Charger under the Hellcat badge in recent years, the carmaker created a lovely monster.
The 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk packs a 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 powerplant with state-of-the-art upgrades that make it even more powerful. This engine will be capable of generating up to 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of maximum torque.
The powertrain is completed by an 8-speed automatic transmission along with forged chain sprockets and other top-notch enhancements that make this setup even more powerful and relentless.
Torque distribution is insanely defined by driving modes, offering a whole spectrum of performance. These are the numbers:
- Normal Mode: 40/60 front-to-rear split
- Sport Mode: 35/65 front-to-rear split
- Track Mode: 30/70 front-to-rear split
- Snow Mode: 50/50 front-to-rear split
- Tow Mode: 60/40 front-to-rear split
At the end, the numbers can be insane. According to the official presentation, the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can go from zero to 60 mph (100 km/k) in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). The braking system takes the heavy SUV from 60 mph to zero in 144 feet (44 meters). The maximum towing capacity goes up to 7,200 pounds (3,266 km/h).
Other solid aspects in the mechanical realm are stiffer springs and electronic Bilstein dampers, totally necessary to support the additional weight on the Trackhawk. The Torque Reserve launch-control feature, which is also present on the Challenger SRT Demon, is here.
A Shy Demon
The 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the meanest SUV you could possibly get; there is no doubt about it. Nevertheless, it doesn’t look as evil and flashy as its close siblings. The Trackhawk and Supercharged badges are present yet scarce.
Instead, there are subtle traits that reveal its true self. Some of these are the quad exhaust outlets and gorgeous 20-inch wheels that we’ll not be found somewhere else. Once inside, the lucky owners will enjoy, as standard, elements like an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, active noise cancellation, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, Berber carpets, door panel coverings, and stitched-leather dashboards.
The Bottom Line
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk may be the most powerful SUV for a long time. Inside, there is a beast that will probably break more than a few records. However, the looks it offers are subtle in comparison with its Hellcat siblings.
The price tag hasn’t been announced yet but it’s expected to be around US$80,000.