2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Drivers’ Notes | Haulin’ the groceries

Powered by the identical supercharged Hemi on the coronary heart of Dodge’s Hellcat vehicles, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the type of automobile that comes from a “Why not?” angle from the maniacs at SRT. It is not for the faint of coronary heart, nor for the cash-strapped. With 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque, it is able to a Zero-60 dash of simply three.5 seconds. Its base worth, nonetheless, is $86,995, although our tester’s sticker totaled just some bucks shy of $100,000.

Senior Editor, Inexperienced, John Beltz Snyder: “What enterprise does a Jeep have going Zero-60 in three.5 seconds?” This was my thought as I merged into wet rush-hour visitors on Woodward Avenue within the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. “Why does an SUV must have ‘Monitor’ within the title?” I believed as I unintentionally broke the tires unfastened pulling away from a stoplight. I hit the “Eco” button, however the Jeep nonetheless roared with each toe-tap, and nonetheless managed to gulp down almost 1 / 4 of a tank of gasoline on my experience dwelling.

That sound, although, is superb, and absolutely extra unsettling to different drivers coming from such an enormous beast of a ute.

Anyway, this Jeep feels extra grown-up than different Hemi-powered automobiles I’ve pushed. The match and end on this $99,000 Jeep is much nicer than, say, the Dodge Durango SRT (although at a a lot increased price). If one other driver did not pay shut consideration to the badging, they may see this and assume it simply one other Jeep. The sound, although, will give it away each time.

Affiliate Editor Joel Stocksdale: If Fiat-Chrysler is aware of how you can do something, it is making quick SUVs, and the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is additional proof of that. And by that I imply, they know how you can make them quick, and so they know how you can make them nice to drive.

The Trackhawk positively handles the quick half higher than its SRT Durango and SRT Grand Cherokee cousins, what with its further 230-odd horsepower. This huge beast severely rockets once you punch the throttle. The nostril rises up, the supercharger screams, the exhaust rumbles and the speedometer ticks up a lot sooner than you’d ever assume. And it feels robust in any respect revs. Additionally spectacular is that you do not have to actually assume when flooring it. The all-wheel-drive and fats tires supply a lot grip the Jeep merely goes.

The nice to drive half is available in the truth that the Trackhawk could be very snug. The suspension has loads of give, offering a superb experience over pockmarked Motown roads. Nevertheless it nonetheless handles nicely, if maybe not fairly as much as the requirements of European tremendous SUVs. However the factor is, no SUV goes to have sports activities automobile dealing with, so the tradeoff towards a bit extra consolation is welcomed. Including to the great suspension are huge, bolstered, well-padded seats that must be wonderful for long-trips. The UConnect is simple to make use of, and there is loads of house inside. It is a terrific all-around SUV, and it simply occurs to go extraordinarily quick.

Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore: I used to be psyched to drive the Trackhawk. It is some of the anticipated Jeeps ever — and it completely lived as much as the hype. Clearly, the Hellcat engine is the highlight characteristic, and it is well-suited to the Grand Cherokee. That was the half I used to be interested by. It did not look like a logical match, however all the pieces is well-tuned and sorted. It sounds good, but not overdone. It is also a sleeper automobile. Sure, one thing is up with this Jeep. You’ll be able to inform that initially look. However Hellcat energy is not instantly apparent. I like that. It is also fairly chill once you’re cruising at regular speeds.

Inside, I wasn’t a fan of this maroon leather-based. In any other case, the FCA U.S. controls and infotainment stay among the many greatest within the trade. The touchscreens work, and the knobs and buttons are intuitive. Cannot ask for extra. Additionally, a few years into its lifecycle, the Grand Cherokee stays a powerful, enticing participant in its phase. Giving it the Trackhawk remedy wasn’t essential, however I am positive glad FCA did.

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