History of the Jeep Trackhawk
In 2017, Jeep announced to the world the creation of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk during the New York International Auto Show. This Jeep Trackhawk was the result of the efforts placed forth by both Jeep and the popular Hellcat V8, a combination that offered drivers both power and comfort. This variation of the Grand Jeep saw new model productions each year starting from its initial release in 2018, however, there were no significant changes to the vehicle’s performance and appearance.
History of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (2018-)
The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk changes the normal Jeep formula by changing its renowned off-road capabilities for a newfound ability to run through racetracks. This unusually powerful vehicle sports a 6.2L Hellcat HEMI V8 engine, an intimidating body, sport suspensions, and a Brembo brake system. The Jeep Trackhawk comes standard with paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic transmission along with an all-wheel drive. This roughly translates to the Trackhawk offering an outstanding 707 horsepower, identical to the original Hellcat Challenger, though in this comparison it offers less torque with a figure of 645 lb-ft. This powerful machine has become one of Jeep’s most expensive models, but that should be expected when producing, objectively, the most powerful SUV ever, not to mention one of the fastest. Strictly speaking in terms of numbers, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk offers the greatest value compared to its cost.
Evolution and Changes year-By-Year
Jeep has manufactured the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk each year since its initial release in 2018, and although each model has been as powerful as the previous iterations, there have been no major changes or modifications to the SUV. Aside from upgraded drivetrain components, and new wheels, the Trackhawk has remained largely the same.
The Grand Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk was modeled after its sibling vehicle, the SRT Jeep, but aside from the obvious Hellcat V8 upgrade, this model is packed with formidable mechanic components that give a palpable boost to its performance. The Trackhawk uses a transmission with a manual mode, that includes the previously mentioned wheel-mounted shift paddles which find their value in their ability to shift quickly without issue on their own. The Trackhawk’s 707 horsepower output is fully taken advantage of through the usage of its all-wheel drive, and this results in a 0 to 60 miles per hour achieved in 3.5 seconds, an acceleration that places it in direct competition with the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. This feat is even more noteworthy when placed in terms of other SUVs, as the Trackhawk was faster than every other SUV rival up to the 70 mph range. For the quarter-mile time, it manages to achieve it in 12.0 seconds at 115 mph. in addition to this, the Trackhawk uses its sport-tuned suspension to increase the vehicle’s handling out of the trial you can expect to find a Jeep.
Some interesting things that owners could pick up on from the Trackhawk include the deleted fog lights, though this was not a choice that was made based on aesthetics but rather to improve cooling. An air cooler was added where the right one was supposed to be, and a cold-air intake was added where the left one was removed. Additionally, there’s a small Trackhawk badge on the right corner of the liftgate and supercharged lettering just under the Grand Cherokee letters found on the front doors. Owners might find it amusing that the Trackhawk speedometer displays a gauge that runs up to 200 mph, a speed that is just 20 mph above the Trackhawk’s top speed.
The Trackhawk would also include the Torque Reserve function that should aid in launching. This system should, with launch control and the brake torqued, cut off fuel to individual cylinders, so that the V8 Hellcat can rev higher, and the supercharger can be allowed to create a bigger boost, all while 6.4 psi remains in the line.
Naturally, the usage of the Hellcat V8 was not something that Jeep engineers had an easy time supporting through the powertrain. These changes are easy to see when you compare the Trackhawk’s components against the Jeep SRT. First, we witnessed a stronger transmission, a reinforced rear driveshaft, CV joints, and other upgrades that are designed to support the power that the V8 engine produces. Though some things did remain unchanged such as the front axle and the 8HP95 eight-speed transmission. The weight of the Hellcat V8 engine alone is a point of interest as it outweighs the SRT engine by 108 pounds, though the Trackhawk ends weighing slightly less than the SRT by roughly 40 lbs.
The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk interior is filled with details such as a carbon-fiber trim along with detailed leather surfaces. The Trackhawk also offers passengers plenty of room and no shortage of luxury features. Despite the air of luxury that you might perceive as you enter the Trackhawk, compared with the lack of features to support off-road travel, you might be under the impression that the Trackhawk is a vehicle that ranks luxury high among its values, however that aspect of the SUV is shallow. The vehicle still uses many components from its sibling Jeep SRT and coupled with the panel gaps, the illusion of a high-end luxury SUV can be somewhat dispelled. Though that is not necessarily a bad side of the Trackhawk as it means that it can enjoy some of the same cargo carrying capacity that some older Jeeps have been loved for in the past.
The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk remained completely unchanged from the previous version of the vehicle, and while that means that there were no upgrades or cosmetic variations, it also means that the Trackhawk managed to avoid any potential decrease in quality caused by Jeep cutting corners on new models.
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, similarly to the 2019 version, saw no palpable changes since the original model was released in 2018. However, some slight changes came in the form of new standards and upgrades. The liftgate saw the addition of a new Trackhawk badge, a single-pane sunroof was also turned into a standard feature, and upgrades came in optional 20-inch wheels, a premium leather interior, and an improved outside lighting package.
Perhaps as a testament to the complete package that Jeep considers the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to be, the 2021 version of the SUV saw no changes to the new model.
Jeep Trackhawk FAst Facts
- The Jeep Trackhawk saw two editions, the 75th Anniversary Edition models of the Laredo "E" and Limited become discontinued.
- The Jeep Trackhawk has an $86,995 base price which is $17,905 more than what you would pay for a Hellcat Charger.
- True to the theme of power the Jeep Trackhawk carries, the SUV is capable of towing roughly 7200 pounds.
- The Grand Jeep Cherokee has around 200,000 annual buyers.
- Jeep offers a shorter warranty compared to its competitors in the form of a limited warranty that covers 3 years or 36,000 miles.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Legacy
The legacy of the Jeep Grand Cherokee will come in two parts, the first one being the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer (WS), and the other being the Grand Cherokee (WL platform). The Jeep Wagoneer saw production begin in 2021 and will serve Jeep as an extension of their brand, one that will come without a Jeep badge. The Grand Cherokee WL will work based on Giorgio architecture to provide a new Jeep with a modernized take on improved off-road capability. This will however mean that the current WK2 model will cease production as the longest-running Grand Cherokee model produced by Jeep.