Let us introduce the new supercharged Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Cool name, cool £89,999 price tag. But for that you get the exclusivity of one of only 20 Trackhawks available this year. Oh, and just wait until you hear about the engine…
It’s a gargantuan 6.2-litre supercharged V8. Power is, wait for it, 710PS. Torque is an earth-rotation-stopping 868Nm. Through an improved 8-speed automatic gearbox the Trackhawk will go from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 180mph. A new uprated Brembo braking system gives an equally impressive 62-0mph braking distance of 37 metres.
The Trackhawk’s modest price tag, but colossal power output, means that the cost per horsepower (£/PS) is around £127. This compares favourably on the ‘bang-for-buck’ scale compared with £296 for the Bentley Bentayga and £257 for the Lamborghini Urus.
World-class on-road driving dynamics and handling come courtesy of the Selec-Trac system with five dynamic modes and Bilstein active damping suspension.
The exterior of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is both aggressive and functional. It is set apart from the standard car with body-coloured flared wheel arches, a sculpted bonnet with vents and quad exhaust tips.
The headlamps on the Trackhawk model feature a unique Gloss Black background to accent their jewel-like appearance. New 20-inch titanium finish wheels, revealing distinctive yellow Brembo brake calipers, complete the look, along with a ‘Supercharged’ badge on both front doors and a ‘Trackhawk’ badge on the boot.
Track pedigree inside
The racing-inspired interior is designed to provide a comfortable environment. Crafted in premium quality soft-touch materials, it is enhanced by exclusive finishes and carbon fibre inserts.
The standard interior for the UK features Laguna leather seats with an embroidered ‘Trackhawk’ logo. A new premium metal package is also standard and enhances the vehicle’s interior with high quality real metal accents. Active Noise Cancellation, leather stitched instrument panel, doors, centre console and armrest, Berber floormats with Trackhawk badge and 825 watt Harman Kardon sound system with 19 speakers including subwoofers are also included as standard.
A sporty dashboard features a 7-inch driver information display (DID) and an instrument cluster which features the tachometer in the centre and the 200mph speedometer on the left. The instrument panel centre stack with new 8.4-inch Uconnect™ display features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Trackhawk-exclusive Performance Pages that showcase immediate feedback on the car’s performance.
Safety systems galore
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk offers more than 65 safety and security features, including Trailer Hitch Camera View at Speed, offering a view of trailered items through the rear-mounted camera while moving; a Valet mode that allows for a personalised, selectable driving experience; Adaptive Cruise Control with stop function; Advanced Brake Assist; Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection; Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation; Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist; Lane Departure Warning-Plus and Ready Alert Braking.
“There won’t be many of these incredible Grand Cherokee Trackhawks available in the UK so, just like the car, customers are going to have to be quick,” says Andrew Tracey, Marketing Director, Jeep UK.
“The Trackhawk delivers astounding performance, through renowned SRT engineering. Combining world-class on-road driving dynamics with luxury, refinement and an array of innovative advanced technology, it is surely the best value high performance SUV on the road.”
While we’re not overly hopeful of getting behind the wheel, we’ll certainly do our best. Watch this space…