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Oops! Next Jeep Compass spotted…

by David Zatz on

A Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is not the best kept secret in Auburn Hills, with rumors of it leaking to Allpar long before the official debut of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

Perhaps that, and a spate of spy shots of the Trackhawk, is what led a reputable auto writer/photographer to believe this was actually the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk when it is something perhaps more significant: the next Jeep Compass.


Allpar reported at least a year ago that the next Jeep Compass would have a similar chassis as the popular Renegade, while using a Jeep Grand Cherokee-like body.  This certainly qualifies — and it looks much larger than one would expect, until you line it up with the yellow stripes of the parking space. A Grand Cherokee is somewhat wider…


The company is testing what appears to be a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, with the cooling apparatus required for the Hellcat seemingly in place, including empty fog-lamp holes. Two Trackhawks are expected, one essentially an altered SRT (complete with 392), and one with the supercharged Hemi.

Allpar insiders cautioned us not to expect 707 horsepower, but something more like 600 (or less), so full throttle would not shatter the drivetrain. The 392 V8 is rated at 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, less than the same engine in Chargers and Challengers, so 580, say, would be a hefty boost and a challenge for the engineers, especially if — as rumored — it has all wheel drive.

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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