Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk video preview

We knew it was coming, you knew it was coming.  Now it’s here. The Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee has arrived, and it’s exactly what you expect.

Let’s start with what’s important, power. Under the hood the Trackhawk has a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8. It pumps out the same power as the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats: 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque handled by an 8-speed automatic.

From there, the Trackhawk carves out its own path. Unlike the Hellcats, the hottest Jeep has all-wheel drive. Engineers reinforced everything so the system can handle the stupendous torque. The full-time active transfer case now has forged steel chain sprockets and a wider chain.

The rest of the powertrain’s been bolstered as well with a strengthened rear drive shaft and new, stronger rear axle.

Performance specs leapfrog past Grand Cherokee SRTs. Jeep posts a 0-60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 11.6 seconds. Top speed? A nice, round 180 mph.

To burn off all that speed, Jeep’s thrown on a set of two-piece vented 15.75-inch Brembo rotors up front with 6-piston calipers, and 13.78-inch vented rotors in back. From 60 mph it’ll stop in just 114 feet.

It rides on 20-inch alloy wheels, and the Trackhawk has 3-season P Zero Scorpion Verde tires, Z-rated 295/45s.

It’s still a Jeep, so the Trackhawk needs to tow. It can-up to 7,200 pounds, same as a Grand Cherokee with the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, same as the regular Grand Cherokee SRT.

It’s tough to tell the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk from other models. It has quad exhausts out back, some blacked-out accents, and runs without fog lights so those holes can be used for extra cooling.

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Jeep isn’t talking pricing or fuel economy yet, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk takes flight in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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