Jeep has confirmed that the inbound Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee will indeed be called the Grand Cherokee ‘Trackhawk’ and that it will debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show in April 2017.
Earlier this year, Jeep brand boss Mike Manley stated that a Grand Cherokee with the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine from the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat twins was in the works. What he didn’t confirm was the ‘Trackhawk’ name at the time.
Speaking to The Detroit News on the floor of the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, Manley not only confirmed the Trackhawk’s name and debut date, but also stated that it would arrive in U.S. Jeep showrooms by the third-quarter of 2017.
Manley also said the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk won’t replace the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT (pictured). Instead, the two performance SUVs will be sold alongside one another. The GC SRT is powered by FCA’s 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine and makes 475 horsepower, while the Trackhawk will be powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8. The latter makes 707 horsepower in the Dodge Challenger.
“I don’t see any reason to stop our current Grand Cherokee SRT just because we’ve launched the Trackhawk, because they’re going to be very different vehicles,” the British-born exec said.
Jeep customers outside the U.S. will eventually be able to buy the Trackhawk, but it will initially only launch stateside. When it does go global, Europe will likely be excluded, with Manley saying only “select international markets,” such as Asia and the Middle East will be allocated inventory.