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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Gets the Hellcat Treatment

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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Gets the Hellcat Treatment

Pictured: The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

I don’t think I’ve ever written a more exciting headline. We’re just about a year away from a Hellcat engine being put in Jeep’s strongest performer, the Grand Cherokee. According to reports, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be the model’s high performance variant, and it’ll take the Hellcat engine that debuted on the Charger and Challenger last year to make 707 horsepower.

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The 6.2-liter engine will be coupled with four-wheel drive and will deliver 650 lb-ft of torque for a 0-to-60 sprint of less than four seconds. The Grand Cherokee shares its platform with the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, which makes this new Jeep-Hellcat combination even more enticing.

Of course, the Hellcat treatment isn’t the only option for the 2017 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Base Trackhawk models will get their power from a 6.4-liter V8, good for 475 horsepower. This engine currently motivates the Grand Cherokee SRT. (Dodge is taking ownership of SRT exclusively going forward, hence the Trackhawk badge for the Grand Cherokee. It’s all semantics, though; this baby will still have power.)

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is estimated to start at $65,000 for the base, so expect to shell out more for the Hellcat engine. It’s set to arrive midway next year as a 2017 model.

Vehicle Research: New Car Research

News Source: Car and Driver

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