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Was the Jeep TrackHawk shown to dealers? (Updated)

by David Zatz on

Long after Allpar reported on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat, the vehicle has reportedly been shown to dealers. The company already has a trademark on the term “Trackhawk.”

Contrary to past Allpar insider information, the Trackhawk will not use a well-detuned supercharged Hemi, but instead will pull around 700 horsepower.  Reports of 0-60 times were less reliable than reports of its existence, ranging from 2.7 to 3.5 seconds.

Handling may be somewhat limited by the top-heavy structure of the SUV, but acceleration should be helped by all wheel drive.

Why bother, one may ask? Jeeps are not meant for the track but for the absence of a track. The answer is that Grand Cherokees are one of few American cars to appeal to buyers of German luxury cars. A Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk with a de-tuned Hellcat Hemi could steal more high-buck sales from BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus.

The Trackhawk is likely at least a year away from production — possibly two years. Pricing is expected to start at around $75,000-$80,000.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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