Get ready, Mopar fans, because the Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk is coming. The performance SUV was recently spotted testing by a YouTube user on Michigan roads, revealing its 6.2-liter supercharged motor’s signature whine.
Jeep first hinted it was interested in dropping its Hellcat HEMI engine into the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT in 2014 when it trademarked the ‘Trackhawk’ moniker in 2014 for use on “passenger automobiles, their structural parts, trim and badges.” Jeep brand boss Mike Manley confirmed earlier this year it would arrive sometime in 2017 and after this sighting, it looks as though the SRT team is right on schedule for a debut in Detroit in January.
The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is expected to pack the same 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 as the 707 horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat and eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s possible the motor will be in a slightly de-tuned state in the Jeep due to limitations related to the all-wheel drive system, but we’re still expecting it to be one of, if not the most powerful SUVs on sale when it debuts.
Get a long hard look at this pre-production Trackhawk prototype in the video above.