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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