The effective replacement for the SRT at the top of the now aging Grand Cherokee range, the Trackhawk swaps its predecessor’s normally aspirated 6.4-litre V8 for the smaller 6.2-litre bent-eight used in the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, but adds a supercharger for a total output of 522kW/875Nm.
Teamed to a heavily updated eight-speed TorqueFlight automatic gearbox and equipped with a Launch Control function as well as Jeep’s Qaudra-Trac on-demand four-wheel drive system with a limited slip differential and active transfer case, the Trackhawk will complete the 0-100km/h dash in 3.5 seconds and top out at 290km/h.
Officially rating as the most powerful SUV ever made, the Trackhawk also boasts the five-mode (Auto, Sport, Track, Tow and Snow) Selec-Track mode selector, a six-piston Brembo brake caliper setup at the front and four-pistons at the rear with the vented discs measuring 400mm and 350mm respectively, Bilstein Adaptive Dampers, a stronger rear axle and standard Titanium 20-inch alloy wheels with satin chrome centre caps wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion Verde rubber. Optionally available are lightweight 20-inch forged low gloss black finished alloys that saves 5.4kg, as well as Pirelli PZero wheels.
Riding 25mm lower to the ground than the SRT, the Trackhawk’s aesthetic enhancements includes wider body coloured wheel arches, gloss black surrounds for the adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a redesigned lower air intake, black chrome quad exhaust outlets, a new tweaked bonnet with dual air scoops, model specific side cladding, Supercharged badging on the front doors, a Liquid Titanium Chrome Trackhawk badge on the bootlid against a Matt Black background and a choice of nine colours; Bright White, Billet Silver, Diamond Black, Granite Crystal, Ivory Tri-coat, Rhino, Velvet Red, True Blue and Redline 2.
Inside, the interior receives a model exclusive seven-inch TFT instrument cluster display, Light Black Chrome detailing as well as carbon fibre inserts, Trackhawk embroidered Nappa leather heated and cooled sport seats, Dark Ruby seatbelts, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, the 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment system with the so-called Performance Pages that provides telemetry readouts, a 19-speaker, 825-watt Harman Kardon sound system, leather stitched dashboard, dual rear screens with a Blu-ray player, Trackhawk embossed Berber floor mats and the so-called Premium Metal Package with real metal inserts.
Safety-wise, the Trackhawk comes outfitted with Rear Cross Path Detection, Blind Spot Monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control with Advanced Brake Assist, Lane Departure Warning Plus, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Trailer-Hitch rear view camera as well as Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation.
As in the United States, Jeep has also equipped the Trackhawk with a so-called Valet mode that reduces power and torque in addition to limiting the engine to 4 000rpm, locks out first gear, the steering mounted shift-paddles and manual mode, disables the Launch Control and Selec-Track system and permanently engages the Electronic Stability Control system.
Heading to South Africa in limited numbers, the Trackhawk will command a sticker price of R2 199 900.