In August, Automotive News reported that the Grand Cherokee Hellcat (or TrackHawk, a play on the Cherokee TrailHawk nameplate) would reach production and would boast a 0-60 MPH time of 3.5-seconds. We took the report with a grain of salt seeing as it didn’t come from Jeep itself, but we now have solid evidence of the model’s impending arrival.
Speaking to Canadian automotive journalist Brian Makse, Jeep brand boss Mike Manley confirmed a Grand Cherokee with the 707 horsepower motor from the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat models will arrive before the end of 2017. The product is a no-brainer for the brand, considering the enormous buzz around the Hellcat twins and that the Grand Cherokee SRT is the most popular performance model from Fiat Chrysler.
Whether or not the Grand Cherokee Hellcat will truly have an adrenaline-inducing 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds remains to be seen, however it’s not an unrealistic statistic. The Charger and Challenger Hellcats have been known to do the 0-60 mph shuffle in about 3.8-seconds, and the Grand Cherokee Hellcat will be helped along with all-wheel drive.
We’re expecting the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee to arrive at next year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, or perhaps even at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year. For now, you can watch Manley confirm the arrival of the Grand Cherokee Hellcat in the video above.