At the 2017 New York Auto Show earlier this month, Jeep announced the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, a new line-topping high-performance model that borrows its 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 from the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats. At a recent Midwest Automotive Media Association event, we had the chance to check out a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in the flesh—in fact, it was the first time the vehicle had been shown outside the lights and stage of an indoor auto show. This show vehicle wore a stunning candy-apple-red paint job that won’t be available on the showroom version, but otherwise looked to be almost identical to the regular-production Trackhawks that are scheduled begin hitting dealerships late this year. Check it out, and stay tuned… our first test drive of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk should take place later this year.
A dual-pane panoramic sunroof is optional, but the luminescent candy-apple-red finish seen here is showcar-only. Velvet Red will be the closest approximation of this hue on the production Trackhawk.
The Trackhawk interior is one of the most luxurious in the Grand Cherokee lineup. Alloy pedals, a performance steering wheel, and gloss carbon-fiber-look trim inserts are just of few of the upscale trim touches.
Love the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats, but need more space for your buddies and their gear? The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk might be for you.
Beefy Brembo disc brakes with yellow calipers show off nicely behind the 20×10-inch titanium-finish alloy wheels. Jeep says the Trackhawk can go from 60 mph to zero in 114 feet.
The 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi comes straight from the Dodge Hellcat parts bin, but the Trackhawk is the only way you can get it with all-wheel drive. The orange paint harkens back to the Mopar performance engines of the classic muscle-car era.
The front sport seats have pronounced bolsters that are supportive but still comfortable. The contrast-stitch Nappa leather upholstery and embossed Trackhawk logos add to the cabin’s high-end feel.
Exclusive front and rear fascias add to the Trackhawk’s aggressive look.