Back in April, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was finally introduced at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. I saw “finally introduced”, because in the months (or years) leading up to the official debut, the Hellcat-powered Jeep was easily one of the most anticipated vehicles in the performance world while easily being the most anticipated performance SUV ever – and of course it is. With a supercharged 6.2L Hemi delivering 707 horsepower and 645lb-ft of torque, the Jeep Trackhawk packs more power than any other performance SUV sold in the world while an 11.6 quarter mile time and a 3.5 0-60 time make this Grand Cherokee the quickest SUV sold in the world. When you add in the world class stopping capabilities thanks to the massive Brembo brakes and the adjustable suspension system, the Jeep Trackhawk is truly the ultimate high performance SUV – comfortably beating the best from Germany.
However, the performance measures aren’t the most impressive comparison to the high powered German SUVs, as with a starting price of just $86,995 with destination, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is considerably less expensive than any of its competitors.
“The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk delivers astounding performance numbers, backed by renowned SRT engineering that combines world-class on-road driving dynamics with luxury, refinement and an array of innovative advanced technology,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “As the most powerful and quickest SUV, there is nothing else like the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in the market, and with its starting price of $85,900, there is no better value for a high-performance SUV.”
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Pricing
While we don’t have the full pricing for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, we know that it has a base starting price of $85,900, which when paired with the unavoidable destination charge rises to a starting price of $86,995. That is a few thousand dollars less than I had initially speculated a few months back when I had guessed that the Trackhawk would start around $88,000, but the real story here is how much less the Hellcat-powered Jeep costs than the key competitors.
The closest competitors to the Trackhawk in terms of performance are the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, the BMW X5M and the Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 S. The BMW has 567hp and 553lb-ft of torque, it runs to 60mph in 4.0 seconds and it has a price tag starting at $101,000. The Mercedes Benz offers 577hp and 561lb-ft of torque, it runs to 60mph in 4.1 seconds and it has a price starting at $110,000. The Porsche is the closest competitor with 570hp and 590lb-ft of torque, it gets to 60mph in just 3.8 seconds and it costs $162,600.
So, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has 137 more horsepower and 55 more lb-ft of torque than the Porsche, it gets to 60mph 3 tenths of a second quicker than the Porsche, it has a top speed 4mph higher than the Porsche (180 to 176) and it costs about $75,000 less than the Porsche. This means that someone considering the Cayenne Turbo S and the Trackhawk can buy the Jeep, getting better performance in every single measure and still have enough money left over to buy a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat AND a trailer to tow it from track to track with the 707hp Grand Cherokee.
Options and Availability
While we don’t have any of the option pricing for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk right now, we do have the option list – including dual-pane panoramic sunroof, three-season tires, lightweight 20x10 forged aluminum Low Gloss Black wheels, fully wrapped Signature Leather Interior Package in Black or Black and Dark Ruby Red, 19-speaker Harman Kardon high-performance audio system, dual-screen rear-seat entertainment center with Blu-ray, trailer tow package and Dark Ruby Red seatbelts. Also, the Trackhawk will be available in 9 exterior colors - Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Diamond Black, Ivory Tri-coat, Bright White, Velvet Red, Rhino (exclusive to the Trackhawk), Redline 2 (also exclusive to the Trackhawk) and True Blue. All of the pricing for those options (and the exterior colors, if applicable) will be available once the Trackhawk configurator goes live on Jeep.com and when those figures are available, you’ll find them here on TorqueNews.
Finally, and most importantly to some, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk officially goes on sale this Thursday, August 10th, 2017 – so if you want one, you would be well advised to get to your dealership as soon as possible, as these high performance SUVs are likely to be the next big hot ticket item.