2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Review Apr 18, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Those in the automotive industry have known this vehicle was on its way for a long time, and the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has finally arrived at the New York Auto Show. This version of the Grand Cherokee uses the supercharged Hellcat powertrain found on other models like the Dodge Charger and Challenger, with impressive results.

The Powertrain

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The supercharged powerhouse under the hood of the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the same one found on the Charger Hellcat and Challenger Hellcat. For those who need a refresher, this is a V8 with 707 horsepower. This 6.2-liter engine works with an 8-speed automatic transmission and has 645 pound-feet of torque on the SUV. We are impressed by its acceleration and towing capacity. You can tow up to 7,200 pounds or reach a top speed of 180 miles per hour. Going from a standstill to 60 mph will only take 3.5 seconds, and a quarter-mile only takes 11.6 seconds at 116 miles per hour. The styling and comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee with the acceleration of a sports car are an exhilarating unusual combination.

Driving Modes

To let you take full advantage of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s powertrain, there are multiple driving modes, including auto, snow, tow, track, and sport. The first three modes focus on adjusting the front to rear torque split and traction control. Sport reduces the transmission shift time by 50 percent, sends 65 percent torque to the vehicle’s rear wheels, and firms the suspension. Track drops shift times to 68 percent, sends 70 percent of the torque to the rear wheels, and makes the suspension even firmer.

Standing Out from Standard Grand Cherokees

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In addition to the powertrain differences, the 2018 Trackhawk has a few key variations in appearance from the standard Jeep Grand Cherokees. Sitting a full inch lower to the ground, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk “only” has 8.1 inches’ worth of ground clearance. You also get plenty of badging to know that this Trackhawk model has a supercharger powering it. The front doors feature “Supercharged” badges, while a “Trackhawk” badge is on the tailgate. There are also new 20-inch wheels hidden behind body-colored wheel flares. There is the choice of upgrading to rims made of lightweight forged aluminum, dropping the weight of this SUV by 12 pounds. There is also the choice of Pirelli P Zero three-season tires and Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-season ones. Take a closer look at the front of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and you will notice there are no fog lamps, leaving room for more cool air to reach the engine compartment. On the tail end, you will also notice quad exhaust tips visible to other drivers when you pass them on the road.

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