There has been loads of speculation about a Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee, but never have we had any sort of official confirmation. At the Detroit Auto Show, Jeep put this to rest when Jeep CEO Mike Manley officially confirmed the supercharged SUV.
This report comes courtesy of YouTube user Brian Makse who asked Manley about the rumored performance-oriented Grand Cherokee at the auto show. Manley replied by saying “Not only can I put a Hellcat motor in, I’m going to bring that to the market before the end of 2017.” Whether Manley was being serious or not is up for debate, but I couldn’t imagine an executive of a major automaker making such a joke.
This Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee, which is rumored to carry the Trackhawk name, will make use of Chrysler’s mighty 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 that pumps out 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. All this power will be directed by an eight-speed auto transmission. It is unclear as to whether this powerful Grand Cherokee will have all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive seems the most likely scenario, but there have been reports that the all-wheel-drive system may not withstand all that torque.
Given the fact the Hellcat Grand Cherokee will hit showrooms in 2017, look for the model to make its debut at an early auto show in the same year. We may even see it as early as the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January.
More details should start rolling out soon, so keep it locked here for all the latest on this upcoming SUV. Check out the video of Manley’s confirmation below.