Competes with: BMW X5 M, Mercedes-AMG GLE63, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, rocket ships
Looks like: The Grand Cherokee
Drivetrain: 707-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8; 645 pounds-feet of torque; eight-speed automatic transmission; four-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Late 2017
If you think, as I do, that the Grand Cherokee SRT with its 475-horsepower, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 is bonkers in all the right ways, then the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk — debuting at the 2017 New York International Auto Show — will have you in stitches. It stretches the concept of a performance SUV to its absolute maximum.
The name Trackhawk might sound familiar — Jeep released an off-road-oriented version of the Grand Cherokee last year called the Trailhawk. That one was designed to go further off-road than any other Grand Cherokee before it. This one is designed to go faster on the road (or the track).
The front of the Trackhawk features Jeep’s signature seven-slot grille and has extensive modifications to feed air to the thirsty engine and cooling systems, such as removing the foglights to optimize airflow. On the sculpted hood are dual heat extractors that both look cool and aid with cooling.
Other unique styling touches beyond the hood include side sill cladding, body-colored wheel flares and a gloss-black rear valence that houses the black chrome exhaust tips.
Twenty-inch wheels are standard, with a satin chrome center cap; optional low-gloss black alloy wheels are 12 pounds lighter. The Trackhawk also gets all-new rubber: Pirelli 295/45ZR20 Scorpion Verde tires are standard, with Pirelli P Zero three-season tires (with an increased speed rating to match) also available.
The cabin is accented in carbon fiber and metal, while the seats are wrapped in standard Nappa leather and suede. Also available is a Signature Leather Interior Package, seen in these photos, with an embossed “Trackhawk” logo on the front seats.