The supercharged version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee
-Jeep Grand Cherokee put out a special edition featuring 707 horsepower. It’s called the Trackhawk.
-At the time of production, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was the most powerful SUV you could buy.
-The Trackhawk is the off-road trim level of the original Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a special edition version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is the off-road version of their Jeep Grand Cherokee. It features the brand’s signature V8 Hellcat engine putting out 707 horsepower.
With that much horsepower, you’d be surprised to hear that the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk price starts at $86,900. Less than half the price of it’s nearest competitors. But those horses still aren’t cheap.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee was first introduced in 2018, and no significant changes have been made. The 2020 version adds a single pane sunroof, exterior lights package, premium leather interior, 20″ wheels, and a yellow Trackhawk liftgate badge.
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is powered by a Hellcat V8. Outputting 707 horsepower, the Trackhawk makes it from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a special edition version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is the off-road version of their Jeep Grand Cherokee.
With a top speed of 180 mph, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk braking system tests top braking distances of 114′ at 60 mph. Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a four-wheel-drive system and is capable of towing 7,200 lbs.
It’s off-road-oriented, and comes with hill ascent and descent control, air suspension, underbody skid plates, and upgraded instrument displays with specialty off-road features.
Safety and driver assistance
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash-tested the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, nor has it been crash-tested by any other entity. It comes with driver assistance, which is standard on most vehicles today. It features lane departure warning, self-parking assist, forward collision warning, and automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Appearance and interior
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk scored low for interior due to the low-quality materials. Leather dashboard and door panels were added for 2020. The Trackhawk comes in 10 colors, all sedate except for the Redline.
Interior technology includes UConnect, which includes an 8.4″ touchscreen. Infotainment includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities, and 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi. There have been some complaints about the lagging UConnect system. Hopefully those bugs have been fixed with some software updates to the system.
As with anything with this much horsepower, it’s not the most fuel-efficient. It’s estimated to get a paltry 17 mpg on the highway!
Expert and driver reviews
The Trackhawk gets good reviews from experts and drivers. The previous complaints of the 2019 model year have been smoothed out with some upgrades, and it looks like those tweaks have satisfied any grumblers.
Experts rate the Trackhawk high for acceleration, and day to day driving. With heated and ventilated seats, there’s not much to complain about for comfort. There have been some complaints from reviewers about the stiffness of the ride. This is likely intentional due to the off-road focus, but it should be kept in mind.
Cargo space is plentiful in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and its utility is not in question.
It features the brand’s signature V8 Hellcat engine putting out 707 horsepower.
Drivers and owners rate the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk very high, 4.3 out of five stars. Drivers rated it as fun to drive and great in bad weather. The main sticking point they all had was stiffness of ride, but it is the off-road version, so that’s to be expected.
Rumors indicate there may be an upgrade to the Trackhawk by way of an 840 hp Demon engine. Let’s keep an eye on whether this happens and if it can beat its own record for fastest SUV.
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