Jeep launches the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Thanks to a supercharged 6.2 litre V8 engine which produces 707 bhp (527 kW / 716 PS) with 875 Nm (645 lb/ft) of torque, Jeep’s 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has become the world’s most powerful SUV.

That extraordinary output gets sent to an upgraded Quadra-Trac on-demand four-wheel drive system via a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Sensibly, the half-shafts, rear drive shaft and rear axle have all been strengthened to ensure they can cope.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (2018) Front Side

Given the Trackhawk’s size, performance is astonishingly quick. Launch Control means the zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint takes just 3.5 seconds, while a quarter mile can be covered in 11.6 seconds from a standing start. Top speed is 180 mph (290 km/h).

At this stage, Jeep hasn’t published fuel consumption figures. They’re unlikely to be brilliant.

Enhanced chassis components include Bilstein adaptive damping and a Brembo braking set-up that boasts huge 40 cm (15.7”) discs and six-piston calipers for the front wheels. Furthermore, a bespoke Selec-Track system offers a choice of Auto, Sport, Track, Snow, Tow and Custom driving modes.

Redesigned bumpers, twin bonnet extractor vents, sill extensions and a set of 20” ‘Titanium’ alloy rims help to create a suitably aggressive look.

Inside, the prominent tachometer is positioned in the middle of the instrument cluster. Uniquely, the centrally-mounted 8.4” touchscreen has Trackhawk Performance Pages that display various timers and parameters.

Deliveries of the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk are due to begin across North America during the fourth quarter of this year.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (2018) DashboardJeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (2018) Rear Side

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (2018) SideJeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (2018) Interior

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