Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Headed to Production with Hellcat Power

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Headed to Production with Hellcat Power

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is happening.

Motor Authority reports that the American automaker has approved the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee model for production as a 2017 model year.

Sources say that the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will have the same Hellcat 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 engine with 707 hp that is found in the Charger and Challenger. Hooked up to the Hellcat is an eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive standard. Rumors have been spreading over the recent months that Jeep was considering the model and it is believed the company is currently testing it with mules.

SEE ALSO: Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to Get Hellcat

When the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk becomes a reality, expect the Hellcat powertrain to give it an estimated top speed of 200 mph with a 0-60 mph time of less than three seconds.

The American automaker wouldn’t publicly confirm that the model is in the pipeline, but given the overwhelming demand for the Challenger and Charger Hellcat models, along with the success of Jeep’s high-powered SRT lineup, doesn’t it just make sense?

[Source: Motor Authority]

Discuss this story at our Jeep Trackhawk Forum

  • smartacus

    Will there be a Grand Cherokee Scat Pack 6.4 option also?

  • Christopher Garafola

    That is a great combination of power I hope it does well in sales

  • Bob Snot

    American automaker? When did Fiat become an American company?

  • bizshop

    Sigh – no distinctive jeep look to it at all, it looks just like it could have come from any other car maker, like any other ‘crossover’ SUV. Jeep has a rugged, outdoors image in the public mind, they could have great success with staying true to that and being different. Nobody thinks of Jeep as 0-60 in 3 seconds brand. Charger, yes. Jeep has, or had, a unique niche – which they are ignoring.

  • Mark G.

    I don`t understand why these manufacturers continue to build gas guzzling pigs. I guess they are the wealthy building for the wealthy and they can afford wasting fuel like this. Does anyone really need a 700 HP motor in this day and age? It is because of vehicles like this that the price of fuel for everyone else keeps climbing. I hope people will boycott this ridiculous vehicle. One day in the future these vehicles will represent everything that was wrong with our civilization.

  • Hippyhater

    Goddamn tree hugging hippy. They build it because, ‘merica You and the lazy shits you support are what is wrong with this country

  • Killer B

    Well which is? 0-60 in under 3 seconds or 0-60 in less than 4 seconds? That’s a HUGE difference. 25% slower actually…

  • Justin VanHaitsma

    Sorry, but I fail to see why a gas-guzzling vehicle is going to make a big enough impact on the price of fuel. OPEC and oil speculation is the reason for high fuel prices. It wouldn’t matter if every vehicle in the world got 40 mpg, they would still be wanting almost $100 a barrel for it. Banning a performance muscle-car SUV that is being marketed to a certain Niche is not going to help your cause. It’s quite obvious by the pricetag that the vehicle is made for the wealthy. What’s so wrong with that? That’s what makes a vehicle special, dreamy, and desirable. It’s what makes us set goals for. If it was $20k for it, everyone could afford one, everyone would be driving around a “wasting fuel”, and everyone would have a 700hp motor.

    Instead of criticizing something that’s out of your niche, why not appreciate that automobile for what it is and celebrate the differences in life?

  • Justin VanHaitsma

    You realize that this isn’t the first track-happy production model jeep right? In 1998, Jeep came out with the Grand Cherokee 5.9. Albeit, it was a pig with only 245hp and a 0-60 time of 7.3 seconds, but it wasn’t a real “rugged” looking SUV. Then in 2006, Jeep came back with the performance Grand Cherokees with the introduction of the Grand Cherokee SRT8 which continued until 2010 and then returned in 2012 after the redesign. Nothing is ever going to look as rugged as an MB, a CJ2a, a Kaiser M715, a J10, a Cherokee Chief, a TJ, a YJ, or even a Wagoneer…. the only thing distinctively “jeep looking” nowadays is the JK, and if you’ve noticed – it’s not “truly” a “Jeep”. The universal Jeeps used to have a tub, separate front fenders, hood, windshield, and grille. Try to remove those front fenders now… good luck! Hope you have a sawzall!

    Jeep is evolving.. just like every automaker is. The designers at Jeep want to keep true to the roots of Jeep, but the bean-counters have their demands as well “fuel economy, NVH, ride comfort, versatility, cost, blah blah blah, screw what it looks like, blah bla blah!” All in all, I think they’re doing an alright job with it…. look at a Toyota Tacoma or 4Runner and tell me it looks as rugged as the old 4runners and old pickups with the 22r motor. The Mitsubishi Montero was a great SUV…. but it’s not the nimble off-road vehicle it once was either… now it’s a Suburban-like behemoth lumbering about and high-centering on everything in site…. or sinking in the dunes it once skipped across. The Isuzu Trooper and the Isuzu Rodeo don’t even EXIST anymore. GM killed the Hummer after trying to buy and save it when AM General realized the market for it was gone… much like the military contract for it. And circling back to Toyota and its FJ Cruiser which was reminiscent of the old FJ40s – they killed it at the end of last year because sales dropped.

    The real killer of rugged American trucks and SUVs? American consumers.

  • Justin VanHaitsma

    That would be sweet!

  • SoloistZ

    It doesn’t take the wealthy to buy one. If you think it does then you’re small minded. It simply takes being smart and hard work. That’s what is great about America that anyone that does so can buy a vehicle like this. If my neighbor does, good for him. If I do, good for me. Success has its rewards and thank God that the American dream is still possible regardless of people like you.

  • bizshop

    Oh I know it is part of a long trend, getting away from the rugged roots and image. If all vehicles pretty much look the same, what is the advantage of the Jeep brand? Might as well label them all as Fiats. Much of the rest of the economy is going to niche marketing, where craft beers and specialized shops thrive, but the car industry seems to force us all into bland sameness. People want to stand out, not blend in. Surely there is a niche for Jeep to be the rugged one.

  • bcl187

    Wow then go ride a bike or somethin! This car is bascially tellin the industry that we build 700+hp cars with great price! If ur too dumb to understand what this vehical means or hellcats in general then u sir are not fun to hang out with.

  • bcl187

    Yes there will be but it wont be called scatpack. Thats dodges name:)

  • Lumen_Kelvin

    What is your criteria for a Gas Guzzling Pig? Just when has America ever built cars that get more than 25 mpg out of a 4 cylinder engine?…. Or any engine, for that matter? Car engines are so “detuned”, it’s impossible to get better gas mileage. The “environmental” tricksters have destroyed the Economy of an engine.

  • der Hoaxster

    When Obama gave them Chrysler.

  • Justin VanHaitsma

    I do agree with you there. It’s a travesty that traditions are terminated for the sake of “moving forward”. I miss the simplicity of cars that I had like my old 1970 Nova, my ’88 GMC Sierra SHORT cab LONG bed…. no frills, no room for a bunch of family…. just a bench seat with a wall behind it and 8′ of cargo hauling iron behind that. OH and an engine bay big enough to stand up in while you’re working on the motor.

  • gary oblock

    Hey Jeep! Just fix the bloody transmission on the Cherokee!

  • mhansen2

    If there are resources to build this ridiculous thing, why not use them of improve the existing Grand Cherokee, by offering a heavy-duty off-road package with lockers and factory winch?

  • Beau Hawkins

    Because Fiat….

  • Beau Hawkins

    Exactly!! Jeep is getting diluted badly. Everyone and their mother (especially their mother) want to drive a Wrangler to soccer practice because it’s cute. The next gen Wrangler was nearly destroyed because of this (Fiat hinted at IFS!). And now we get the option of 707 in a JGC. GRRREEEAATT! V8 Wrangler? No! Diesel option Wrangler? No! A Wrangler that will be off-road capable in 2025? Probably not!

  • Justin VanHaitsma

    lol… Well, according to a recent article I read regarding the model refresh of the Wrangler, it will keep its solid axles. If they ever do that I think I’ll have tons of fun making fun of the new wranglers with their IFS from the driver’s seat of my solid-axle XJ. I think the real reason that we don’t have a v8 option in a wrangler is because they make backroom handshakes with companies like AEV who make BRUT and Hemi conversion kits for $30k. Chrysler will put a v8 in just about anything else that has room for it uncluding a mid-sized pickup truck…. but ask them to put a v8 in a Wrangler – which follows a line that USED to option them (CJ7) – and for whatever reason (see above for said reason), it doesn’t make sense to them. I have NO clue why they can’t wrap their heads around putting a diesel in anything but a liberty…. or why they wouldn’t want to reinstate their contract with Cummins rather than deciding to build their own diesel…. I would have thought the time to put a different diesel motor in their vehicles would have been when they were mated with Daimler. A Mercedes-Benz diesel in a Ram or Jeep would have been just the ticket! (Think UNIMOG)

  • Justin VanHaitsma

    We’ll probably see a prototype of one come from the Mopar Underground team, but the bean-counters will never let it come to production. My question is…. instead of EITHER-OR…. what’s wrong with doing both? SUVs that will dominate the track AND the trail.

  • baldwindc

    You sound like such an entitled twat.

  • baldwindc

    Oh and hail Satan. God has nothing to do with success in this country, or the lack of success in others.

  • Rich Mann

    You mean 33%.

  • Auto Motive

    Give me a break…..less than 3 seconds is an error. Its less than 4 seconds.

  • Effilya De

    because they will sell WAY more of these than want you’re looking for…..it’s all about the money

  • Effilya De

    0-60 in under three might not be impossible given the traction available and the torque. i would think sub 4 sec would be a no brainer however.

    GT-Rs modified to this power level can manage sub 3sec with their AWD and launch control. And they weigh 4000lbs ready to go.

  • Steven Jones

    Just what is the rough cost of this behemoth I wonder ? Either way, it’s definitely a goal of mine, to own one. I’ve always wanted an srt but this is better. Great work jeep, can’t wait to see more pics of it all, and to see some performance stats.

  • rayzazoo

    Costwise, I say take the current Jeep SRT cost and add approximately $13,000 to it (a similar cost difference between Charger/Challenger SRT vs. Hellcat models). Based on the Jeep Brand 2013-2018 plan, it looks like Summer of 2017 for a new Jeep Grand Cherokee to be released.

  • mogul264

    Don’t forget: All wheel drive! 2 more drive wheels than a 2 WD! Unless you pop a wheelie!

  • mogul264

    My ’59 Rambler American station wagon SIX-banger w/over-drive got at least 25MPG, even carrying 2 adults, a teen, a baby and luggage, outbound, 2 adults, baby, luggage, PLUS a washing machine (shell on top, motor/drum inside) homeward! And built like a tank, no flimsy sheet metal ‘crunch’ absorbing fenders! 20 gallon tank, fill up every 500 miles, repeated 3 times on round trip, 4 times counting fill up back home, Lexington Park, Md to Memphis, Tn! YOU do the math!

  • shaun

    Put the Hellcat powerplant in a Wrangler.

    DO IT NOW.

  • shaun

    How is the JK “Not truly a Jeep”?

    Considering it’s the most capable off-the-showroom-floor Wrangler ever, and has the largest aftermarket of any Wrangler ever, I find statements like this hilarious.

  • shaun

    A Hemi wrangler isn’t even what is most often requested. Most Wrangler owners would rather have a 4-cylinder diesel in the JK than a 5.7 or 5.9 Hemi…

  • Justin VanHaitsma

    As I described in the sentence after that statement, “The universal Jeeps used to have a tub, separate front fenders, hood, windshield, and grille. Try to remove those front fenders now… good luck! Hope you have a sawzall!”

    The Bantam BRC all the way up to the TJ all had a tub with separate fenders. The JK’s fenders are not separate from the tub. If you’re a reader of JP Magazine, that’s not the first time you’ve heard that either.

  • shaun

    So because of one change, the JK is no longer a Jeep?

    The TJ no longer used leafsprings. I guess it’s not a Jeep either.

    I’ve also removed the fenders on my JK enough to know they’re separate from the tub and are easily removable…So I honestly don’t know what you’re talking about as far as “JK fenders are not separate from the tub”.

  • Justin VanHaitsma

    Awful defensive aren’t we. I never said it’s no longer a Jeep… it just is no longer considered a “universal Jeep”… and yes, I’m aware that the fenders come off – but not in the same fashion that the previous models do. Cool your jets man. Your JK is still a Jeep.

  • shaun

    If you want to be technical about it, the early CJ-6 was the last Jeep to carry the “universal jeep” designation.

  • specialty8

    I really don’t think with the aerodynamics of a suv it will be seeing 200mph at least not safely.

  • Justin VanHaitsma

    You’re absolutely right. Again, I meant no offense by the comment. Sorry if it came off that way. I was merely trying to express the point that Jeep is straying away from their roots. The JK was a complete redesign from the ground up. Wider axles, v6 motor, new transmission and transfer cases (the bolt patterns are different now – not compatible with previous model jeeps)… not a single part of the JK is shared with earlier model Jeeps. So it’s just a completely different Jeep than before. In some ways that’s good! Some ways, it’s not. But that’s just the way of the industry nowadays.

    Keep on Jeepin’!

  • shaun

    The only thing I dislike about the JK is how so many integral features, including the rollbar, mount to the tub and not the frame. But I honestly believe it makes up for that in every other way. I’ve got a 2-door, not a 4-door so I can’t really say much (even though I’m firmly rooted in the belief that the 4-door came around to compete with the H3) but stock-for-stock, the 2-door JK is a much tamer beast on the roads while not losing any–even gaining quite a lot–of offroad capability. Even in sub-Rubicon trims.

    A lot of people complained about the 3.8L, and honestly I kind of wish they’d kept the 4.0L or given us an option for the 4cyl Diesel, but I like the 3.8L. With a manual. With the 4-speed automatic it was terrible, but I think that had more to do with the automatic transmission than the 3.8L itself. The extra power from the 3.6L is nice, but again, down in the lower RPM ranges the 3.6L and the 3.8L are very similar. The 3.6L gets all of it’s power at the high RPM ranges, which might be good for a Charger, Challenger or Caravan, with an offroad engine you want your grunt down low. And I honestly believe the 3.8L feels more solid on the low-end than the 3.6L does. The 3.6L is bar-none a better onroad engine, though. Especially with the 5-speed automatic.

    I think the JK’s been a fantastic successor to the TJ. It always seems to take Jeepers a generation gap to accept a new Jeep. CJ purists hated on the YJ until the TJ came out, then they accepted the YJ and hated on the TJ. Then the JK came out and they hated on the JK and accepted the TJ.

    We’ll have to see what the next generation brings, but by and large, I agree with you. With the exception of the Wrangler, the Jeep lineup has been watered down pretty severely. Now we’ve got a rebodied Fiat 500 wearing our “Renegade” badge. So the tail lights have Jerrycan impressions in them. That makes it a Jeep? “The most capable crossover ever” is like saying “the shiniest turd ever”. We’ll have to see, but I’m not convinced. To me, it seems like we’ve lost two great names in Jeep’s history, Cherokee and Renegade, to very mundane crossover SUVs…

  • Cmac

    I would take that bet in a minute. A Cherokee with factory lockers, 2″ lift, and a winch would easily outsell a boutique Cherokee with more power than it can really handle.

  • Cmac

    Hard work, blah blah…..privilege talking here folks. Make way. He thinks he works harder than anyone else.

  • Justin VanHaitsma

    Very well said and I couldn’t have said it better myself about the Renegade and Cherokee. Are they more capable than the other SUVs in their market? Sure. Are they rugged enough to be branded Jeep? Just doesn’t seem that way to me. Sure, if you put a stock XJ Cherokee up against a stock KL Cherokee, they’ll perform similarly. But, I question the durability factor of the KLs. LOTS of electronic components to fail from bumper to bumper. I was really disappointed that the little fiat-platformed SUV was given the Renegade badge… first of all that was dumb anyway – Renegade was a package, not its own vehicle. The CJ Renegade was awesome… I really wish I could say the same thing about the YJ Renegade. Thing was just UGLY! Maybe the YJ Renegade and a FIAT got together and this new “Renegade Jr.” was the result… shoulda kept it in your pants YJs.

  • Steve

    I don’t need a vehicle with 700 HP, I want one. I came from growing up in a mobile home and work my tail off to make almost $200k/yr. We have oil field workers getting laid off in Texas not because the work isn’t there but because OPEC is pushing so much oil that it’s not worth as much to produce it here. This world has more oil than we can deal with. The government makes more revenue from tax on fuel than the producers of it. Nobody owes me anything and I don’t owe anyone as well. Between my voluntary charity to my church and my forced charity through high taxes I give way more than those who aren’t wealthy. Get off your high horse and don’t interrupt my or someone else’s enjoyment of a 700+ HP vehicle. What a great time in American history where we can get production cars with massive horsepower.