Future Models - Jeep 2018 Grand Cherokee
New York show: Jeep unleashes 527kW Trackhawk
American muscle: A 6.2-litre supercharged V8 developing 527kW and 874Nm has been shoehorned under the bonnet of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to create what Jeep says is the “quickest SUV ever”.
Jeep reveals supercharged V8 Grand Cherokee bruiser, good for 0-100km/h in 3.6s
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10 April 2017
JEEP has taken the covers off its brutal Grand Cherokee Trackhawk ahead of the
performance flagship’s public debut at the New York motor show later this week.
Packing some serious punch from its 6.2-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine,
Jeep is laying claim to the title of world’s fastest SUV.
Producing a formidable 527kW of power and 874Nm of torque, the Trackhawk –
which is yet to be confirmed for launch in Australia – handily dispatches of
zero to 100km/h sprint in a scant 3.6 seconds while on its way to a top speed
Tesla Motors will be quick to point out that its all-electric Model X P100D can
dash to 100km/h from standstill in 3.1 seconds with Ludicrous mode enabled,
pipping the Grand Cherokee by half a second.
Similarly, the Bentley Bentayga W12 claims a terminal velocity of 301km/h,
which is 11km/h more than the Trackhawk can manage.
Nevertheless, the Jeep is said to be capable of covering 400m in only 11.6
seconds, with a top speed of 186km/h achieved during that run.
Power is sent to the tarmac via an on-demand all-wheel-drive system and a
heavily upgraded eight-speed automatic transmission, with drivetrain changes
necessary to cope with the mountainous torque output.
Furthermore, there is no shortage of stopping power thanks to the addition of
Brembo brakes – including 400mm discs with six-piston callipers up front –
which allow the Trackhawk to pull up from 100km/h in just 36 metres, according
Fitted at the rear is an electronic limited-slip differential that allows for
maximum power and traction out of corners.
Launch control is also standard on the performance SUV, catering to those who
prefer quick, consistent off-the-line acceleration.
Six different driving modes – Auto, Sport, Track, Snow, Tow and the
configurable Custom – offer varying degrees of performance, with each altering
the amount of torque – up to 70 per cent – that is sent to the rear wheels.
An independent front suspension is employed by the Trackhawk, as well as a
multi-link set-up at the rear with adaptive dampers all-around.
Body-coloured flared wheelarches and side sills, as well as a creased bonnet
with dual heat extractors, help visually distinguish the performance flagship
at the front end from the rest of the Grand Cherokee line-up.
Additionally, a gloss-black rear diffuser paired with four-inch black chrome
quad exhaust tips complete the exterior upgrade, alongside 20-inch alloy wheels
shod with 295/45Z Pirelli rubber.
Inside, Trackhawk-branded Nappa leather and suede seats feature, along with
various leather-stitched surfaces, metal accents, a flat-bottomed steering
wheel, black chrome finishes and carbon-fibre highlights.
Infotainment is handled by an 8.4-inch touchscreen that is powered by Jeep’s
Uconnect software which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
“The new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk delivers astounding performance numbers,
backed by renowned SRT engineering that combines world-class on-road driving
dynamics with luxury, refinement and an array of innovative advanced
technology,” said Fiat Chrysler Automobiles global head of Jeep brand Mike
Customers in the United States will be able to take delivery of their
Trackhawks from the fourth quarter of this year, with the SUVs set to be built
in Detroit at the Jefferson North assembly plant.
Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler Australia president and CEO Steve Zanlunghi told
journalists in February this year that the local arm would “have two hands up”
for the halo model, but a release Down Under has yet to be confirmed by the
The rest of the Grand Cherokee range was updated last month, highlighted by
revised styling, a larger suite of safety technologies and price rises.