Last week at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Jeep brand boss Mike Manley confirmed the company would bring the rumored Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat to market by 2017. Manley is a man of his word, it seems, because Automobile spies caught a potential prototype for the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee on video this week.
Spy photographers didn’t catch the Jeep out for a leisurely jog, but rather performing hard acceleration and deceleration tests. Giving the prototype away as a Grand Cherokee Hellcat prototype and not just an updated version of the current SRT model was the unmistakable whine of the 707horsepower 6.2-liter Hellcat V8. The vehicle spied also appeared to have some modifications done to its front end, likely to ensure the proper amount of air is routed to the blown V8.
Considering the success of the both the Dodge Charger Hellcat and Challenger Hellcat, it makes perfect sense for FCA to stick the headline-making 707 horsepower engine under the hood of SRT’s most popular product – especially considering the recent successes of the Jeep brand as a whole.
See the Cherokee Hellcat in action before it debuts next year in the video below.