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Friday, August 28, 2015

Hot-Rod SUV: Jeep Will Produce the Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk


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Fortunately what happen in Las Vegas isn’t staying in Las Vegas. FCA, the parent company of Jeep, told a national dealers’ meeting in Sin City that there will be a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk. This is great news for anyone who has ever wanted an SUV with the driving dynamics off a sports car.
The notorious 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 will power the high-performance SUV. FCA claims it will be the fastest factory produced 0-60 SUV to ever hit the market—and even faster than its sibling, the Challenger Hellcat. An FCA spokesperson would not confirm the existence of the Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk when contacted.


It’s estimated the Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk will have a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds. That’s faster than published numbers for the Challenger Hellcat, hitting 0-60 in 3.6 seconds. Yikes.
Of course, it’s all just speculation at this point. Nobody will know until the Grand Cherokee SRT Track Hawk is introduced. No word has come on when that will be but it seems logical the Los Angeles Auto Show could be the perfect time.


That could put it in customers’ hands by next summer under that scenario. Expect the Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk to share the same 707 horsepower found in Challenger Hellcat, as well as things like its eight-speed automatic transmission. Another thing that would make it even better is slotting in the six-speed manual transmission as well. That would make it a true Trackhawk, but don’t count on it.

One published report says the Trackhawk will have a starting MSRP of $79,999. But it’s all speculation at this point until Fiat Chrysler rolls out the hard numbers.