2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
It sounds like the FCA lineup is getting a Hellcat makeover since the Dodge SRT Demon came out. It won’t just be Dodge vehicles either, although the Hellcat name is a Dodge exclusive. No, other vehicles, like the Jeep® Grand Cherokee also gets SRT Hellcat power under the hood. Say hello to the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT V8
The engine under the hood of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is none other than the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT V8 engine found in the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Capable of generating up to 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque, and paired to an upgraded eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The drivetrain standard is all-wheel drive, and comes with the Jeep Quadra-Trac on-demand four-wheel drive system.
Several SRT performance parts and systems have been integrated into the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk for ultimate power and control. A Torque Reserve launch-control feature keeps the supercharger valve closed and cuts the spark and fuel to get as many RPMs going before acceleration, resulting in a literal launch of the car. In addition, the powertrain is built with a cast iron engine block, a forged-steel crankshaft with a damper, pistons made from a high-strength forged-alloy, and cylinder heads optimized for superior thermal conductivity. Lastly, a high performance Brembo brake system, made up of two-piece front rotors and six-piston calipers can stop a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk going 60 mph in just 114 feet.
There isn’t a whole lot of difference between the Trackhawk and other Jeep Grand Cherokee trims – a bit surprising being this is the only “Hellcat” the brand may ever have. Air vents have been integrated into the front fascia to feed air into the supercharger, four-inch black chrome quad exhaust tips are in the rear along with a spoiler. The only other changes are badges and decals that say “Supercharged” and “Trackhawk.”
The inside of the Trackhawk has some noticeable changes, mainly high-end features found on other Jeep Grand Cherokee trims. Starting with the upholstery, it’s wrapped in Nappa leather and suede, embroidered with the “Trackhawk” logo. The front and rear seats are heated; the front seats also get ventilation. The steering wheel features the Trackhawk badge. The cabin and console are covered with a premium soft-touch surface and light black chrome accents, along with a stitched-leather dashboard and door-panel coverings and Berber carpets.
Much of the entertainment has yet to be detailed, but most can assume a high-end sound system and possibly next gen Uconnect 8.4 with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. Uconnect Performance Pages will make an appearance on the Trackhawk so drivers can record horsepower, track records, G-force, and various drive modes via the Jeep Selec-Track system, also revived for the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
Safety Features and Warranty
Any performance vehicle needs great safety features, and many can be found on the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. These include adaptive cruise control with stopping functions, advanced brake assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, full-speed forward collision warning with crash mitigation, lane departure warning, and front and rear park assist. Like the Dodge SRT Demon, drivers can lock the capabilities of the Trackhawk with a code to reduce engine power, disable launch control, and lock out first gear.
Jeep vehicles come with a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.