Herald Sun - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - CRAIG DUFF

Jeep’s Grand Chero­kee Track­hawk should be called the tom­a­hawk. This is a heavy ob­ject to be thrown around and carve through ev­ery­thing it en­coun­ters.

When the 2.4-tonne SUV ar­rives in Aus­tralia in De­cem­ber it will do a hatchet job on its ri­vals to be eas­ily the best value per­for­mance soft-roader on the road. And that’s the caveat: this is one Grand Chero­kee that was never in­tended to run off-road.

In the GC line-up, it’s a book­end to the insane off-road Trail­hawk, which will go where most Wran­gler own­ers fear to roll.

The Track­hawk on the other hand will eat per­for­mance pres­tige SUVs. Fit­ting a su­per­charged 6.2-litre V8 (522kW/868Nm) trans­forms the Grand Chero­kee from fam­i­lyfriendly SUV to frankly ter­ri­fy­ing be­he­moth that hits 100km/h in a shove-you-into-the-seat 3.7 sec­onds.

Fiat Chrysler Aus­tralia has yet to an­nounce pric­ing but, based on the US-spec cars and the fact Jeep will pro­mote this ve­hi­cle as a bang-for- your-buck bar­gain, we can’t see it be­ing de­liv­ered in Aus­tralia for more than $140,000.

Bar­gain is a rel­a­tive term when you’re deal­ing with su­per­car lev­els of per­for­mance and the me­chan­i­cal re­in­force­ment and en­gi­neer­ing de­vel­op­ment needed to en­sure noth­ing breaks.

It will have Pirelli P-Zero tyres, 19-speaker Har­man-Kar­don au­dio, panoramic sun­roof, Nappa leather in­te­rior and in­fo­tain­ment set-up with An­droid Auto and Ap­ple CarPlay con­nec­tiv­ity. The safety suite runs to adap­tive cruise con­trol, blind-spot and lane-depar­ture

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