The news just keeps on coming from the FCA dealer meeting in Las Vegas. We’ve already learned about the upcoming Barracuda convertible concept and the completely redesigned Charger from Automotive News, and now we need to tell you the latest about the upcoming Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
According to the report, the new Trackhawk will be one of the quickest SUVs ever built, thanks to its 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine. The report indicates that this monster people hauler will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds, making it 0.3 seconds quicker to highway speeds than the Cayenne Turbo S.
If this report end up being true, this also means that the Trackhawk will best the current fastest Grand Cherokee – the SRT – by 1.3 seconds.
This is all thanks to the Hellcat engine that will reportedly grace its engine compartment. This powerplant pumps out 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of twist in the Challenger and Charger. There are rumors, however, that the automaker may have to scale back the torque to avoid damaging the Grand Cherokee’s drivetrain, but that sprint time leads me to believe that it is just fine at full power.
Though this report seems quite convincing, we all need to keep in mind that Jeep has yet to officially announce that the Trackhawk will actually be a production vehicle. Recent rumors claimed that Jeep gave the model the green light, but these rumors often grow legs of their own.
For now, I will remain a skeptic that this model will even hit showrooms, but that doesn’t take away from my excitement over the thought of this rig possibly hitting dealer lots.
We’ll bring you more details on the Trackhawk as they become available.