You won’t believe what sports car it keeps up with!

The 840-horspower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon stole the show at the 2017 New York Auto Show, but the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk certainly garnered a ton of attention. The highly anticipated an long-rumored Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is everything we hoped for and more, including that 707-horspower 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8, beefed-up TorqFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and reinforced full-time 4WD system. The Jeep even gets the Demon’s Torque Reserve system, helping launch five-passenger SUV to 60 mph in an astonishing 3.5 seconds!

Yeah, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk isn’t the most practical vehicle debuting at New York this year, but it’s by far the most practical Hellcat ever produced. Sure, the Charger Hellcat is a usable sedan with little draw-backs, but the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk offers 68.3 cubic feet of cargo volume and a respectable 7,200 pounds of towing capacity. Not to mention, this Jeep will likely do well in wintertime conditions with a set of proper tires, especially since its drive modes include a setting for snow.

Jeep engineers didn’t just shoehorn a Hellcat V-8 under the hood of an ordinary Grand Cherokee, however. The Trackhawk is heavily modified, sharing nearly no common powertrain parts with the standard Grand Cherokees. Even the 6.4-liter V-8-powered Grand Cherokee SRT version comes with less whiz-bang engineering.

Keep reading for the full run-down of Jeep’s new Hellcat powered hawk.

Continue reading for more in formation on the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Exterior

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Wow, what a mean looking beast. Jeep designers didn’t let the engineering team have all the fun. This 707-horse monster wears a unique hood with functional heat extractors styled after the Hellcat Charger and Challenger. The front bumper is also new, restyled in the name of aerodynamics and cooling. You’ll notice the fog lights are gone. That’s because the driver-side vent provides intake air for the supercharger. The lower grille and three-slot mid grille keep airflow moving through the radiator and intercooler.

Wider fender flares keep the 295/45-series Pirelli tires covered. Large 20-inch Titanium-finish wheels come standard, while optional lightweight 20-inch forged aluminum wheels shave a total of 12 pounds. Jeep gives its customers the option between Pirelli Scorpion All-Season rubber or Pirelli P Zero Three-Season rubber with an increased speed rating. Regardless of choice, yellow Brembo brake calipers lurk behind, clamping the largest rotors ever supplied on a Jeep product. The single piece iron rotors measure 15.75 inches up front and 13.78 inches out back. The fort calipers are six-piston units, while the rears are four-piston units. Jeep says the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will top from 60 mph in a supercar short 114 feet.

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"Jeep designers didn’t let the engineering team have all the fun. This 707-horse monster wears a unique hood with functional heat extractors styled after the Hellcat Charger and Challenger."

Around back, the rear bumper is completely new. It features black trim around the new quad, chrome-tipped exhaust pipes and hidden trailer hitch receiver. A black plastic scuff guard keeps scratches from luggage off the bumper. LED taillights match the LED headlights up front, along with the LED daytime running lights. Trackhawk-specific badges include the “Supercharged” script on the front doors, along with the Trackhawk winged logo on the tailgate. Honestly, Jeep designers have kept the Trackhawk looking rather subtle – likely a good thing for its customer base.

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The 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is offered in nine colors, along with two Trackhawk-only colors. These include Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Diamond Black, Ivory Tri-coat, Bright White, Velvet Red, and True Blue. Rhino and Redline 2 are the two unique colors.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 114.7
Overall Length (Inches) 189.8
Overall Width (Inches) 84.8
Overall Height (Inches) 67.9
Track, Front/Rear (Inches) 65.7/64.8
Approach/Departure Angle (degrees) 18/23.1

Interior

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The designers didn’t just have fun with the Trackhawk’s exterior. In here, the Grand Cherokee is treated to several upgrades over the standard Grand Cherokee. Most obvious are the Ruby Red leather seats. These are exclusive to the Trackhawk model, but come at an extra cost. The standard seats are Nappa leather and suede and feature the Trackhawk emblem embroidered into the seatbacks. Optionally, a full leather package is available in either black or the aforementioned Ruby Red. Also optional are Ruby Red seatbelts and a dual-pane panoramic moonroof.

Other changes include an updated gauge cluster and infotainment system. The guage cluster now features a digital tachometer in the center TFT screen, moving the speedometer to the left as an analog gauge. Coolant temperature and fuel levels are shown on the right as analog gauges, too.

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"The Grand Cherokee is treated to several upgrades over the standard Grand Cherokee. Most obvious are the Ruby Red leather seats."

The standard 8.4-inch Uconnect system is upgraded with the latest SRT Performance Pages. These menu and display screens show vital drivetrain parameters like oil pressure and boost, along with driver-selectable settings for drive modes and horsepower settings. Yep, like the other Hellcats, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk comes with a 500-horsepower black key fob and the 707-horsepower red key fog. For those wanting to stick to the red key, the engine can be dialed back to 500 horsepower by a simple menu setting.

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Other unique changes include the semi-flat-bottom steering wheel with contrast stitching, perforated leather, paddle shifters, and the Trackhawk badge. The dash is accented by the new Premium Metal Package, which adds real metal pieces.

Comfort items include dual-zone climate controls, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, Active Noise Cancellation, a premium headliner, an available dual-screen entertaiment package for the second row, and all the modern in-dash technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Two audio systems are available, with an 825-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon system as the premium choice.

Interior Dimensions

Headroom front/rear (Inches) 39.9/39.2
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 40.3/38.6
Shoulder Room front/rear (Inches) 58.7/58.0
Hip Room front/rear (Inches) 57.0/56.2
Cargo volume seats down/folded (cu. ft.) 36.3/68.3
Passenger plus Cargo Volume (cu. ft) 140.5

Powertrain

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Of course, the biggest news is what lies under the hood. Jeep engineers borrowed the 6.2-liter Hellcat Hemi V-8 from the Dodge Charger and Challenger, leaving it mostly unchanged. The exhaust system is unique to the Jeep due to packaging issues and the 2.4-liter Roots-style supercharger borrows the Torque Reserve system developed for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The Jeep still produces 707 horsepower, but its torque rating is down five pound-feet to 645 thanks to a slighty more restrictive exhaust system – again, due to packaging issues. You won’t miss those five pound-feet though, as the engine gets the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk moving to 60 mph in a staggering 3.5 seconds on its way through the quarter-mile in only 11.6 seconds at 116 mph.

For reference, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with its 10-speed automatic hits 60 mph in the same 3.5 seconds and runs the quarter-mile in 11.4 seconds at 127 mph. Oh, and it brakes from 60 mph to a stop in 107 feet. These numbers aren’t far off – 0.2 seconds over 1,320 feet is arguably negligible, while the Jeep is only 11 mph slower. And braking – the track-tuned, high-performance ZL1 with a curb weight of roughly 3,800 pounds only stops seven feet shorter than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. We don’t even know how much it weights, but the standard version can weight between 4,500 and 5,100 pounds. Plus, everyone knows the iron-block Hellcat engine is heavier than the 6.4-liter and 5.7-liter V-8s, not to mention the extra weight of the upgraded full-time 4WD system. Needless to say, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is no joke.

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"Jeep engineers borrowed the 6.2-liter Hellcat Hemi V-8 from the Dodge Charger and Challenger, leaving it mostly unchanged."

So how did Jeep engineers manage this? Science!

Well, really it was simple engineering and a green light from the corporate bean counters. It’s like this: beefier parts withstand more abuse. Therefore, the Grand Cherokee’s mechanicals had to undergo gym time to deal with 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque without grenadine onto the pavement.

The ZF-sourced, TorqFlite eight-speed automatic is upgraded for Hellcat duty, much like the Charger and Challenger Hellcats. Its computer-controlled shift schedules are new, set to accommodate engine torque gradients, kick-down events, grade changes, and longitudinal and lateral acceleration.

Mated behind the TorqFlite is a heavily modified Quadra-Trac 4WD system. This on-demand 4WD system is a single-speed transfer case that sends a pre-determined percentage of power to the front wheels when extra traction is needed. There’s no driver intervention needed, no big levers to pull, or manual wheel hubs to lock. For Hellcat duty, the transfer case was given larger forged steel chain sprockets with a wider chain.

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"The Jeep still produces 707 horsepower, but its torque rating is down five pound-feet to 645 thanks to a slighty more restrictive exhaust system – again, due to packaging issues."

Out back, the rear differential is upgraded with a limited slip clutch pack. The housing design itself is new, along with the drive shaft, and ring-and-pinion tooth geometry. A new four-point mount holds the differential in place, while stronger axle half-shafts send power to the wheels. The shafts are made from ultra-high-strength 300M low-alloy vacuum melted steel and have upgraded eight-ball outboard CV joints.

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s suspension is also calibrated for more abusive driving. The front suspension uses short and long arms with coil springs and adaptive Bilstein dampers. Both control arms are aluminum, along with the knuckle and clevis. The stabilizer bar, though strong, is hollow. Out back, the Jeep uses a multi-link design with coil springs. Those adaptive Bilstein dampers control the ride to the driver’s liking, while aluminum control arms, independent upper links and a separate toe link keep the wheels in place. A hollow anti-roll bar is used here, as well.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 6.2-LITER SUPERCHARGED V-8
Power 707 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 645 LB-FT @ 4,800 RPM
Max. Engine Speed 6,200 RPM
Transmission eight-speed automatic

Drive Modes

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Like most modern performance vehicles, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk uses electronics to tailor the driving experience. In addition to the Command-Trac transfer case, the Jeep uses a performance version of its Selec-Track system. This gives the driver control over the drivetrain’s behavior, along with the suspension, traction control, and stability control.

The Selec-Track system offers five modes: Auto, Sport, Track, Tow, and Snow. These modes change a number of parameters, making the Trackhawk adapt to its surrounding and the driver’s preferences. There’s also a Custom mode that lets the driver dial in the various components to his liking.

  • Auto mode adapts to any condition, splitting power between the front and rear in a 40/60 split.
  • Sport mode quickens the transmission shifts by 50 percent over Auto mode, the stability control, steering, suspension, are set for more aggressive driving Torque is split 35/65.
  • Track mode brings the most performance by reducing shift times by 68 percent over Auto mode, setting the stability control, 4WD system, steering, and suspension for all-out driving. Torque split is 30/70.
  • Tow mode is obviously meant to assist in towing up to 7,200 pounds. It changes the torque delivery for better off-the-line starts and adjusts the suspension to fight trailer sway and suspension bounce. Torque split is oddly set at 60/40, with more power going to the front wheels.
  • Snow mode helps get the most traction in low-traction environments. Traction and stability control are heightened, while the transfer case splits torque 50/50 between the front and rear axles.

Pricing

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Jeep has not announced official pricing for the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The 6.4-liter-powered Grand Cherokee SRT carries a starting price of $66,895, so that sets the stage. In the same vein, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat costs $14,000 more than the 6.4-liter-powered Challenger SRT 392. With that in mind, Jeep could set the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s price at $80,895. That’s a hefty price, but the Trackhawk is also the fastest SUV in the world. As they say, speed don’t come cheap!

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We’ll update this section once Jeep releases the official pricing. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will arrive in showrooms during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Competition

Range Rover Sport SVR

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The Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR is a terribly impressive machine that’s actually better suited for daily life and a smidgen of off-roading than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. It starts with the Range Rover Sport, the model between the full-size Range Rover and the Evoque. JLR engineers then tweaked nearly every aspect about the SVR’s suspension and drivetrain to make it the fasted Land Rover to date.

Power comes from the familiar and venerable 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. It generates 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque that’s sent through a similar ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and onto a full-time 4WD system. The Sport SVR hits 60 in 4.6 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 13.0 seconds at 109 mph. That’s well behind the Jeep. Still, for those wanting a more high-brow ride with oodles of class, the Range Rover is the proper choice.

Prices start around $113,000 and crest around $150,000 for a full-loaded model.

Learn more about the Range Rover Sport SVR here.

Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S 4Matic

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Far more on the crossover side of the equation, the Mercedes-AMG GLE is the replaced the ML Class, offering more comfort and tons of high-tech features. The mack-daddy performance version wears an AMG badge and packs a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 making 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque when fitted with the S package. The DOHC, all-aluminum V-8 uses direct fuel injection and is mated to a seven-speed automatic with a full-time AWD system. The German powertrain sends this Merc to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 12.2 seconds at 115 mph. Impressive numbers.

Prices for the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S 4Matic start at $108,185 and can reach well into the mid $120,000s. For those who want the German clout that goes along with your high horsepower, the GLE is the proper choice.

Find out more about the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S 4Matic here.

Conclusion

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Wow, it’s hard to believe the times. We’ve got autonomous vehicles thinking for themselves and a Jeep SUV that runs toe-to-toe with the baddest Camaro that Chevy currently builds. How crazy is that? The folks at FCA certainly deserve applause for the hard work, engineering expertise, and outright balls it takes to build products like the Challenger Demon and Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The late 1960s don’t have anything on 2017.

It’s downright amazing how well this Jeep performs. Not only does it go fast, but it stops well, hauls five people and their stuff in comfort, and can tow 7,200 pounds. Nobody in their right mind can justify the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk as a purely practical purchase, but its benefits absolutely make it a wonderfully well-rounded machine capable of many things. Yeah, the old saying about being the jack of all trades and the master of none applies, but dadgummit, it’s hard not to be impressed.

Nicely done, Jeep.

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    • Expensive
    • Limited off road
    • Likely compromized on-track handling

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Injected with an unmatched 707 horsepower courtesy of an awe-inspiring supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the most awarded SUV ever and the most capable full-size SUV on the planet has been transformed into the most powerful and quickest SUV ever.

Introducing the new 2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

The new benchmark 707-horsepower supercharged engine combines with an upgraded high-torque capacity TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, world-class on-road driving dynamics and new Brembo brakes to deliver a new level of performance: 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.5 seconds, quarter mile in 11.6 seconds at 116 mph, top speed of 180 mph, 60-0 mph braking distance in 114 feet and .88 g capability on the skid pad.

“Long recognized as the full-size SUV capability leader, Jeep Grand Cherokee is now the most powerful and quickest SUV as well, with the introduction of our new 707-horsepower Trackhawk,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “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.”

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Built in Detroit at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will arrive in Jeep showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Awe-inspiring 707 horsepower courtesy of supercharged 6.2-liter V-8
Powering the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivering 707 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque.

The breakthrough supercharged engine is designed and manufactured using only the strongest and most durable materials. Its cast iron block features water jackets between the cylinders for optimal cooling. A forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces is so strong it can withstand firing pressures of nearly 1,600 psi (110 bar) – the equivalent of five family sedans standing on each piston, every two revolutions. The unique, specially tuned crankshaft damper has been burst tested to 13,000 rpm.

High-strength, forged-alloy pistons – developed using advanced telemetry measurement – are coupled to powder-forged connecting rods with high-load-capacity bushings and diamond-like, carbon-coated piston pins.

Premium grade, heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinder heads are optimized for superior thermal conductivity. Sodium-cooled exhaust valves feature hollow-stem construction and special steel-alloy heads that stand up to temperatures as high as 1,652 degrees Fahrenheit (900 degrees Celsius).

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The 2,380cc per revolution supercharger includes integral charge-air coolers and an integrated electronic bypass valve to regulate boost pressure to a maximum of 11.6 psi (80 kPa). The twin-screw rotors are specially coated with:

a proprietary formula of polyimide and other resins
nanometer-sized, wear-resistant particles
solid lubricants, such as PTFE (Teflon)

The coating enables tighter clearance between the rotors. This reduces internal air leakage, delivering improved compressor performance and higher efficiencies. The coating can withstand the temperatures generated by compression, and provides superior corrosion resistance.

The supercharger is sealed for life with premium synthetic oil, uses a drive ratio of 2.36:1 and has a maximum speed of 14,600 rpm. The supercharger drive system’s one-way clutch de-coupler improves refinement, while allowing for precisely the kind of powerful sound certain to captivate Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk drivers.

Air sources for the supercharger include a cold-air scoop in the lower front fascia, which replaces the driver’s-side fog lamp and helps to feed the 92mm throttle body.

The large-nosed crankshaft drives a high-flow gerotor oil pump, which feeds a lubrication circuit that includes eight high-flow piston-cooling jets. A high-capacity oil/air heat exchanger, mounted in the front of the Trackhawk, mitigates oil temperatures when driving conditions are harshest, such as on the track.

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A new low-temperature cooling system, consisting of a pump, reservoir, heat exchanger and lines, help keep the charge air cool during performance driving. This system is designed to keep intake air temperatures below 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius), under extreme ambient conditions, while enabling air flow of up to 30,000 liters per minute.

A new fuel delivery system, featuring two high-flow, multi-mode pumps, matches the high-performance demands of the engine.

Upgraded driveline components, durability and refinement result in benchmark off-road performance
The performance of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is bolstered by various upgraded driveline components engineered to handle the additional torque output from the supercharged engine.

The standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission delivers improved shift response, quality and consistent performance and drivability. The transmission software takes into account variables such as engine torque gradients, kick-down events, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, grade changes, friction detection and downshift detection to determine the appropriate shift map.

Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is equipped with the Jeep Quadra-Trac on-demand four-wheel-drive system, which includes an electronic limited-slip rear differential and a single-speed active transfer case. The new, full-time active transfer case uses forged steel chain sprockets and a wider chain for added strength and durability.

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A strengthened rear drive shaft connects to a new, stronger rear axle. The differential features a revised housing design, revised ring-and-pinion tooth geometry and new four-point axle mounting scheme for better load distribution, additional torque capacity and overall durability. Torque is delivered to the rear wheels via new ultra-high-strength 300M low-alloy vacuum melted steel half-shafts with upgraded eight-ball outboard constant velocity joints.

Standard Launch Control optimizes the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s performance by coordinating the engine, transmission, driveline and suspension for a textbook launch and consistent straight-line acceleration.

A new standard Torque Reserve system provides improved engine torque response and quicker vehicle acceleration in Launch Control by pre-positioning the supercharger bypass valve to generate boost and minimize manifold filling time, while cutting fueling to individual cylinders and managing spark timing. This generates a reserve of torque that can be instantaneously delivered upon acceleration from a standing stop.

The Selec-Track system on the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk uses performance-tuned software to pre-configure and distinguish the five dynamic modes, including: Auto, Sport, Track, Snow and Tow, enabling drivers to choose a vehicle setting that ideally meets their requirements and ambient conditions. The drive modes separately control the four-wheel-drive system, transmission, paddle shifters, suspension and the electric power steering.

Dynamic drive mode configurations include:

Auto — Automatically adapts to any condition; uses a 40-percent front/60-percent rear torque split
Sport — Transmission shift times are reduced by 50 percent versus Auto Mode; stability control, four-wheel-drive and steering systems are set for typical enthusiast driving style; paddle shifters are enabled and suspension is tightened up without increasing impact harshness to deliver increased vehicle performance capability over Auto Mode; uses 35/65 torque split
Track — Transmission shift times are reduced 68 percent versus Auto Mode to 160 milliseconds; stability control, four-wheel-drive and steering systems are set for ultimate track performance; paddle shifters are enabled and suspension is set to full firm to deliver maximum vehicle performance capability on smooth, dry surfaces; uses 30/70 torque split
Tow — Alters torque delivery off the line for greater smoothness and adjusts suspension to combat pitch and yaw to deliver maximum towing performance: uses 60/40 torque split
Snow — Maximizes traction to deliver optimized performance on snow and ice with reduced engine horsepower; uses 50/50 torque split

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Trackhawk also features a Custom Mode that allows the driver to personalize the vehicle’s performance with a selectable driving experience offering a multitude of vehicle system combinations.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk rides on a short- and long-arm (SLA) independent front suspension with coil springs, Bilstein adaptive damping suspension (ADS), upper- and aluminum lower-control arms (“A” arms), aluminum knuckle, aluminum clevis and hollow stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is a multi-link design with coil spring, Bilstein ADS, aluminum lower control arm, independent upper links (tension and camber), plus a separate toe link, and a hollow stabilizer bar.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is capable of towing 7,200 pounds.

New benchmark SUV stopping performance
New high-performance Brembo brakes include the largest standard front brakes ever offered on a Jeep vehicle. Up front are 15.75-inch (400 mm) two-piece vented rotors with six-piston calipers painted with a new distinctive yellow finish, and 13.78-inch (350 mm) vented rotors with four-piston yellow calipers in the rear for outstanding stopping performance, heat management and durability.

The new Brembo brakes bring the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to a stop from 60 mph in 114 feet. For added safety, the anti-lock braking, electronic stability control and traction systems are uniquely tuned.

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Aggressive and functional exterior
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk rides one inch lower than non-SRT Grand Cherokee models and is further set apart with body-colored wheel flares, side sill cladding and a sculpted hood with dual heat extractors.

The signature seven-slot upper front grille is flanked by adaptive, bi-xenon headlamps and surrounded by an LED character lamp treatment. The headlamps on the Trackhawk model feature a unique Gloss Black background to accent their jewel-like appearance.

The fog lights are absent from the Trackhawk’s front fascia to optimize airflow to cooling modules and air induction without compromising the vehicle’s balance.

From behind, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk features a unique Gloss Black rear valence that showcases four-inch Black Chrome quad exhaust tips. The new quad exhaust system design provides an exhilarating and unmistakable note during maximum acceleration.

A “Supercharged” badge on both front doors and a Trackhawk badge on the liftgate features a Liquid Titanium Chrome outline and Matte Black background.

New standard 20 x 10-inch Titanium-finish wheels with a Satin Chrome center cap showcase the distinctive yellow calipers underneath. Available lightweight 20 x 10-inch forged aluminum Low Gloss Black wheels save a total of 12 pounds versus the standard Trackhawk wheel. Grand Cherokee Trackhawk also features all-new Pirelli 295/45ZR20 Scorpion Verde All-Season and new Pirelli P Zero three-season tires with an increased speed rating.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is available in nine exterior colors: Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Diamond Black, Ivory Tri-coat, Bright White, Velvet Red, Rhino (exclusive), Redline 2 (exclusive) and True Blue.

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High-performance, racing-inspired interior
The driver-focused interior features premium soft-touch materials, unique Light Black Chrome finishes and carbon fiber spears, and a 7-inch driver information display (DID) instrument cluster, which features the tachometer in the middle. The 200-mph speedometer is on the left side of the cluster.

The instrument panel center stack with new 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen features Trackhawk-exclusive Performance Pages that showcase an array of performance timers and gauge readouts, including a new engine dynamometer screen that measures instantaneous horsepower, torque and current transmission gear. The dynamometer screen also includes a new snapshot function for owners to save their readouts on a USB.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s three-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom features a bevy of comfort, convenience and connectivity controls and ergonomically efficient paddle shifters.

The Trackhawk features standard Nappa leather and suede seats with an embroidered “Trackhawk” logo. A fully wrapped Signature Leather Interior Package with “Trackhawk” embossed on the seats, optional in black and Trackhawk-exclusive black and Dark Ruby Red is available. Seats are also heated (front and rear) and ventilated (front). Dark Ruby Red seatbelts and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof are also available options.

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A new Premium Metal Package is standard and enhances the Trackhawk’s interior with various upscale real metal accents.

Additional premium interior features include: standard Active Noise Cancellation; premium headliner; leather stitched instrument panel, doors, center console and armrest; Berber floormats with Trackhawk badge and available dual-screen rear-seat entertainment center with Blu-ray.

There is a choice of two audio systems, including an 825-watt Harman Kardon high-performance audio system with 19-speakers and two subwoofers.

Safety and Security
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk includes more than 70 safety and security features, including Trailer Hitch Camera View at Speed, which allows owners to view trailered items through the rear-mounted camera while moving, and a Valet mode that enables the following vehicle configurations:

Engine is remapped to significantly reduce horsepower and torque; limited to 4,000 rpm
Transmission locks out access to first gear and upshifts earlier than normal
Transmission will treat the manual shifter position the same as the drive position
Traction, steering and suspension are set to their Street settings
Steering-wheel paddle shifters are disabled
Drive Mode functions are disabled
Electronic stability control (ESC) is enabled to Full-on
Launch Control is disabled

Drivers can activate and deactivate Valet mode with a personalized four-digit PIN code.

Other prominent, standard Grand Cherokee Trackhawk safety and security features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop; Advanced Brake Assist; Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection; Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation; Front and Rear Park Assist; Lane Departure Warning-Plus; Ready Alert Braking and SiriusXM Guardian and Roadside Assistance buttons.

Advanced technology delivered with all-new infotainment system
New for 2018, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is equipped with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through the latest version of Uconnect’s 8.4-inch touchscreen radio system.

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Apple CarPlay
Seamlessly integrates an iPhone with the vehicle’s built-in display and controls in addition to featuring Siri Voice control. iPhone-equipped drivers can make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, and receive voice-guided navigation optimized for traffic conditions and more, while staying focused on the road.

Android Auto
System shares useful information when driving and makes it easy to access the best of Google technology. Featuring Google Maps with free voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, and lane guidance; on-demand access to 30 million songs with Google Play Music; plus the ability to place phone calls or send and receive messages while keeping hands on the wheel; and ask Google search any question. Android Auto also makes it easy to access popular apps and content from the Uconnect system’s touchscreen.

The latest Uconnect operating system includes easy-to-use features, pinch-to-zoom display, enhanced processing power, faster startup times and touchscreens that display high-resolution graphics. Drivers and passengers also have an abundance of infotainment features at their fingertips with SiriusXM Radio, Travel Link, Traffic and Guardian Connected Services that provide real-time information.

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