Jeep brand chief Mike Manley already confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry, that Jeep will Hellcat the Grand Cherokee, earlier this year. Manley is apparently eager to chat more about it, confirming to Wheels at the New York auto show that the superpowered SUV will be called the Trackhawk and hit showrooms next summer.
When the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk arrives in July 2017, it will join a blossoming class of obscenely fast, powerful, and capable SUVs. Although Jeep has dipped its toes into these waters before with the 475-hp, Hemi-powered Grand Cherokee SRT (formerly SRT8), that beast has been well eclipsed by the Mercedes-AMG GLE63, BMW X5M, and Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR.
The Wheels report indicates that the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will sit above, rather than outright replace, the Grand Cherokee SRT.
We fully expect the Trackhawk to get the full 707-hp treatment, even if Jeep and Manley won’t confirm it at the moment. An earlier spy video of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk testing gave us a sample of the super-SUV’s sound, and it’s the same scream of the supercharger and rumble of the 6.2-liter V-8. It’s not likely Jeep will water it down one iota.