After making its debut at the New York Auto Show, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will run its paws on the streets of America as it would be on sale by the last quarter of the year. This Hell-Cheetah, being the fastest SUV, has a turbo engine that bursts out 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque which makes it quite powerful among other SUVs.
Retained from its Dodge Charger and Challenger siblings is its supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine; however, the Trackhawk has a greater oil capacity of 8.3 quarts versus 7.0 intended for its towing capability of 7,200 lbs. Its eight-speed Torqueflite transmission has also been reformed that trimmed the quarter-second paddle shifting time in the Sport dynamic driving mode to a mere 160 milliseconds with its included Track mode.
Jeep's officials claim that it can dash from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a matter of 3.5 seconds and gallop a quarter mile at 116 mph in just 11.6 seconds, and remain onto a top speed of 180 mph (289 km/h). And from a distance of 114 feet, it can come to a halt from 60 mph with the aid of its six-piston 15.75-inch front Brembo calipers and four-piston 13.78-inch rear calipers. Its wheels can either be cast or forged aluminum, an option with a 12-pound difference.
Though visually identical to a Grand Cherokee SRT8, the significant pointers in distinguishing a Trackhawk include the new air inlets replacing SRT's fog lights with one supplying the engine intake with cold air and another serving as an oil cooler, the black chrome quad exhaust pipes, a 'Supercharged' badge on the front doors and a 'Trackhawk' mark on the hatch.
Moving to the inside, the typical interior of a Grand Cherokee is retained but with a modified speedometer at 200mph. It still offers its standard 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity but with an exclusive Trackhawk Performance Pages menu to monitor and record several performance parameters. A Valet mode is also installed in the car that regulates horsepower, torque and engine speed, deactivates manual mode, launch control and paddle shifters, secures out first gear, reverts to Street settings, and sets the ESC on full. Finally, it has a trailer hitch camera view that allows the driver to have a sight on a trailer while driving.