The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has just knocked it off its perch. Unveiled at the New York Auto Show, everything about this SUV is full-on and full-sized, from its Brembo brakes (the biggest ever fitted to a Jeep) to its reinforced drive shafts and rear axles. But the two biggest things about the car are its engine– a 6.2-litre V8– and its heavy-duty supercharger, which can deliver 11.6 psi of boost pressure and force over two litres of air into the engine on every revolution.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Exterior and Interior
Jeep’s signature seven-slot grille is narrower than other Grand Cherokees and flanked by bi-xenon headlights with a black gloss background and LED surrounds. The Trackhawk also rides an inch lower than the base Grand Cherokee and features distinct body-colored wheel flares, cladded side sills, a sculpted hood and black chrome quad exhaust tips.
Inside, only a winged Trackhawk badge on the steering wheel sets the mightiest Jeep apart well, that and the 200-mph speedo. The same active noise cancellation, stitched-leather dashboard and door-panel coverings, Berber carpets, and 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment display as the SRT are included. (Jeep adds a dyno function for instantaneous horsepower and torque readouts to Uconnect’s Performance Pages app.) Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as well, for anyone who cares about such things when purchasing a 707-hp SUV. Ditto the adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, lane-departure warning, and forward-collision warning.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Under the Hood
Using a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 that’s shared with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Trackhawk also delivers 645lb ft of torque. The thick-chinned SUV can sprint from 0-60mph in 3.5 sec.
The Trackhawk uses an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends drive to all four wheels. An electronic limited-slip differential and beefed up rear axle work with the car’s launch control to enable its sports car-aping acceleration.
Braking is handled by Brembo 400mm 350mm and front rear discs that work with six and four-piston calipers respectively. The car sits on Bilstein adaptive dampers that can be adjusted through five drive modes, and 20in alloy wheels with 295-width Pirelli tyres.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Prices
Pricing for the Trackhawk hasn’t yet been announced, but it’ll come fully-loaded with a leather interior and all of the safety and entertainment tech goodies available on the Grand Cherokee when it goes on sale later this year. Based on the premium commanded by the Dodge Hellcats, the Trackhawk will likely start somewhere above $80,000.