Get to Know the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Hellcat Before it Hits the Market
With the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Hellcat set to hit the U.S. market this summer, you may be curious to learn more about this highly anticipated vehicle. Reading up on the Hellcat-powered Jeep now can help you decide whether you should hold off on buying that next car until you can test drive the newest Jeep for yourself.
It’s Jeep’s Fastest Model Yet
Borrowing the supercharged V8 Hellcat engine from Dodge Charger and Challenger, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Hellcat boasts a whopping 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. If those figures don’t mean much to you, consider that the existing Grand Cherokee SRT churns out about 475 horsepower, so the Hellcat provides a substantial increase in power and performance.
While the official numbers aren’t in yet, it’s expected that the Grand Cherokee SRT Hellcat will go from 0 to 60 in under four seconds flat. As it stands, the Grand Cherokee SRT can reach 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds, topping out at 157 mph. The Hellcat version could easily see a 175-mph top speed, making it the brand’s fastest vehicle ever produced.
It Will (Probably) Be Named Trackhawk
The specifics are a bit iffy, but the Hellcat version of the Grand Cherokee SRT will likely be dubbed “Trackhawk.” This name would be in line with the rest of the lineup, as the off-road-focused version of the Grand Cherokee is called the Trailhawk. There have also been rumors that the Trackhawk will continue to be sold alongside the standard SRT, given that they both offer different horsepower, body styles, and price points.
Thanks to its amped-up performance, the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk will directly rival the Range Rover Sport SVR, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and the BMW X5 M. Despite the fact that the Trackhawk will cost more than the regular SRT, it will still be offered at a significantly reduced price point compared to these luxury models.
It Officially Launches This July
The 2017 Grand Cherokee SRT Hellcat has been delayed several times, and the rumors surrounding it have only grown with each delay. Thankfully, Mike Manley, head of the Jeep brand, has confirmed the Hellcat-powered SUV will debut sometime in July. Vigilant observers have already reported on the vehicle during road tests, noting that Jeep has yet to refine the SUV’s exterior.
While most of this talk is speculation, car enthusiasts and auto reviewers alike expect Jeep to freshen up the SRT Hellcat’s finished exterior so it offers a more aggressive stance. If the 2016 SRT’s features are any indication of what we can expect from the next high-performance Grand Cherokee, we should see features such as Brembo brakes, forged wheels with performance tires, performance-tuned steering, a unique gauge cluster, sport seats, adaptive suspension, towing packages, and rear-seat entertainment options.
With the Hellcat-powered 2017 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk set to hit Jeep showrooms in July, you want to be the first in line to test drive this monster of an SUV. Be sure to mark your calendars and stay up to date on the latest automotive news.
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