Jeep reveals Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee we've all been waiting for

Jeep reveals Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee we've all been waiting for

Lindsey Duncan
April 12, 2017

Well, it's finally here. Think of it as the Hellcat of the Jeep world. Or would Jeep do something totally wild and make a rear-wheel drive Grand Cherokee?

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk uncovers its 707-Horsepower Hellcat engine at the New York Show this week.

First of all the full-size Jeep is confirmed to get the full-fat 527kW/874Nm outputs of Dodge's Hellcat twins, which itself makes it Australia's third most powerful model after supercars like the $800,000 Lamborghini Aventador S (544kW) and $690,000 Ferrari F12 (545kW). Track mode helps in tightening up the shifts and sends more power to the rear in a 30/70 split. Jeep made a decision to strengthen the eight-speed automatic transmission, outfitting it with sprockets and forged chain, but also with a wider chain for the transfer case, adjusting the rear distinction between it and the Hellcat. Snow and Tow modes are new to the Jeep.

In Tow mode, with a 60:40 front/rear torque split, torque delivery off the line is smoothed out and the suspension is adjusted to combat pitch and yaw for maximum towing performance up to a towing weight of 3273kg. The vehicle also comes with a strengthened rear drive shaft and a beefier front suspension with coil springs and control arms. The front brakes will feature six-piston calipers, along with two-piece vented rotors. The company has done a number while introducing an SUV with this great power. The rear is accented with four-inch black-chrome quad exhaust tips. The foglights are gone, replaced by air intakes, and there are a few "supercharged" and "Trackhawk" badges on the outside. The Trackhawk will be fitted with Nappa Leather and suede seats, those looking for more can opt for the Signature Leather package. The interior is all about being luxurious and premium.

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But while they don't look much different, the Trackhawk be a lot different in performance. The Jeep also offers a trailer hitch camera view that enables the driver to keep an eye on a trailer while driving. Jeep has upgraded the TorqueFlite eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission and other driveline components to handle the additional torque output.

So how should the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk run?

The numbers from Jeep are jaw-dropping: zero-to-60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, quarter-mile sprint in 11.6 seconds and a top speed of 180 miles per hour.

Under its beefy hood, which features dual heat nostrils, the Trackhawk packs a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that delivers 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque. Indeed, the brand claims: "the most awarded SUV ever and the most capable full-size SUV on the planet has been transformed into the most powerful and quickest SUV ever".