The Trackhawk name will soon be the replacement for the SRT version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and rumors are pointing toward it getting a dose of Hellcat in its range-topping form. Now, a new report from Jeep Trackhawk Forums claims that the rolling cube that is the Jeep Renegade just received the green light for a Trackhawk version of its own.
While the report does not name a source, it does come from a forum that tends to be in the know when it comes to all things Jeep. Still, I suggest taking this all with a grain of salt until we start seeing spy shots.
According to the report, the Renegade Trackhawk will feature a 2.4-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder engine that supposedly will produce 300-plus horsepower. While I do not doubt that FCA can create a 2.4-liter with 300 ponies, I highly doubt it’ll have two blowers. The more likely turbo of choice will be the oft-confused twin-scroll turbo.
Semantics aside, I am a tad confused by a Trackhawk version of the Renegade, as this tiny crossover simply doesn’t have the look that one would expect from a performance car. That whole rolling-box look kind of kills it. Then again, a lot of people chuckled at the idea of a Caliber SRT4, but it happened.
Also confusing me is this combined with the reports of an Abarth version of the Fiat 500X – the Renegade’s fraternal twin. Having both performance models under one FCA umbrella seems almost counterproductive, but maybe FCA has data that shows both models could survive.
While I am sure there are plenty of Renegade fans who are excited over this, but you can color this auto enthusiasts a little skeptical of this claim.
I’ll keep an eye on this report and bring you updates as they become available. Stay tuned for more.