Jeep Confirms Grand Cherokee With A Hellcat Engine
How About A Jeep With Hellcat Engine Combo? Yes Please!
Updated October 2, 2018
Auto industry rumors about upcoming models can be great, but what eventually makes it into production rarely lives up to the early hype. Anyone with an interest in Fiat Chrysler, or more specifically the Jeep brand, will undoubtedly have heard the constant rumblings about a Grand Cherokee making it into production fitted with the awesome Hemi Hellcat V-8 engine under the hood. Well, it now appears the rumor has had some official confirmation after Jeep CEO, Mike Manley, reportedly told Australia’s Wheels Magazine that what will eventually be called the Grand Cherokee TrackHawk will launch in July 2017.
Everyone with an interest in such things will probably be aware that the Hellcat’s days are now numbered. 2018 is currently being bandied about as the year when the 707 horsepower, supercharged V-8 beast of an engine will be consigned to history. In the meantime, it appears FCA wants to make hay while the sun shines by dropping the Hellcat engine into anything it will fit into. After all, it’s been such a huge hit in the Dodge Charger and Challenger, why wouldn’t you want to make the most of it?
Some reports suggest that the upcoming Grand Cherokee TrackHawk will deliver a 0-60 time of just 3.5 seconds, which is pretty mental for a production large SUV. However, dropping the Hellcat into the Grand Cherokee isn’t a simple task by any means.
It seems engineers have been working hard to adapt the Jeep’s all-wheel-drive system to cope with the immense 650 lb.-ft. of torque and 707 horsepower of the Hellcat, and that torque might have to be limited for the lower gears of the TrackHawk’s automatic gearbox to prevent failure. But that could lead to the engine’s power and torque figures remaining unchanged from the Hellcat Dodge models.
We had heard previously that the engine would have to be detuned for it to go into the Jeep, which would have been little short of sacrilege.
The TrackHawk won’t replace the Grand Cherokee SRT either, but will instead sit above it in the range. That will mean two V-8-powered Grand Cherokees in the lineup next year, which is obviously an idea we wholeheartedly endorse.
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