Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is world's quickest SUV

Elbert EdwardsApr 12, 2017

"After the addition of new 707-horsepower Trackhawk, Jeep Grand Cherokee is going to prove the most powerful and quickest SUV", said Mike Manley, head of Jeep brand at FCA.

The company did not elaborate on the starting price of the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and more information regarding the SUV is likely to be revealed at the New York Auto Show.

"The new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk delivers astounding performance numbers, backed by renowned SRT engineering that combines world-class on-road driving dynamics with luxury, refinement and an array of innovative advanced technology". Jeep will launch the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in the United States towards the end of 2017, but it is too soon to talk about an India launch. Jeep has upgraded the TorqueFlite eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission and other driveline components to handle the additional torque output. It offers both Sport and Track driving modes, which reduce shift times by 50 percent and 68 percent, respectively, and adjust the suspension and steering to more aggressive settings.

Canadian pricing and availability has yet to be announced, but we'll bring you full details from the New York Auto Show later this week.

This kind of power means the 5,363-pound (2,433-kilogram) Jeep beast can roar to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in just 3.5 seconds, making Jeep claim this is the quickest accelerating figure ever for an SUV. All in all, this vehicle is listed as the most powerful SUV, among Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga, and Mercedes-Benz's G-class. The 15.75-inch vented rotors are clamped down on by six-piston, bright yellow Brembo calipers.

The rear axle will be strengthened significantly with a stronger rear drive shaft connecting to it. Out back, the dual exhausts are replaced by black chrome quad exhaust tips.

Apart from its bold styling, an easy way to tell a Trackhawk from other Grand Cherokee variants is air vents in place of the foglights at each side of the front bumper.

As standard the Trackhawk wears 20 x 10-inch wheels wrapped in 295/45 ZR20 rubber, while lightweight rims of the same size and Pirelli P Zero tyres are an option. The foglights are gone, replaced by air intakes, and there are a few "supercharged" and "Trackhawk" badges on the outside.

To fully exploit its extra muscle, the Trackhawk features an aluminum-intensive performance-tuned suspension with Bilstein adaptive damping and a 1.0-inch lower ride height plus more robust rear halfshafts and constant-velocity joints.

Standard equipment extends to a new Premium Metal Package and Signature Leather Interior Package including Nappa leather and suede seat trim in black or black/red with an embroidered Trackhawk logo.

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