2018 JEEP GRAND CHERO­KEE TRACKHAWK

Mopar Muscle - - Contents - BY JA­COB DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY BY JA­COB DAVIS & JORGE NUNEZ

The ul­ti­mate sleeper

The 2018 Jeep Grand Chero­kee Trackhawk is per­haps one of the most lu­di­crous sport util­ity ve­hi­cles to ever roll out of a man­u­fac­turer’s fa­cil­ity. With a su­per­charged 6.2L Hemi putting out 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque through an in­cred­i­bly ro­bust all-wheel-drive sys­tem, it truly is a wolf in sheep’s cloth­ing ca­pa­ble of a blis­ter­ing 0-60 time of just 3.4 sec­onds and a top speed of 180 mph! Weigh­ing in at more than 5,300 pounds, just how quick this be­he­moth feels is a lit­tle un­nat­u­ral, but we can vir­tu­ally guar­an­tee it’ll plas­ter a big grin on your face and maybe even make you laugh like a lit­tle school girl — it’s that ridicu­lous when you put your foot into it for the first time.

Not only is this new Jeep an in­cred­i­ble all-around per­former with an im­pres­sive abil­ity to cor­ner and stop on a dime de­spite its hefty weight, it’s lux­u­ri­ous too. In­side a fully op­tioned model you find more ameni­ties than you’ll know what to do with — we’re talk­ing heated and air-con­di­tioned seats wrapped in La­guna leather, 19-speaker Har­man/kar­don sound sys­tem, Blu-ray DVD player with seat­back-mounted dis­plays to keep rear pas­sen­gers en­ter­tained, and even a heated steer­ing wheel.

We’re tempted to call the Trackhawk over­priced when a unit with all the bells and whis­tles edges north of 100 grand — it’s just a Jeep af­ter all — but you get so much for your money it’s hard to say that it is. No other fac­tory ve­hi­cle — with a war­ranty, mind you — that we know of, has the abil­ity to tow 7,200 pounds and then lay down a 1.6 60-foot time once you un­hook the trailer. Who’s to say that’s not prac­ti­cal?

Un­der­neath the hood is the same en­gine you’ll find in the Hell­cats from Dodge, the only real difference is the ex­haust, which causes the Trackhawk to be down 5 lb-ft of torque com­pared to its 6.2L su­per­charged Hemi coun­ter­parts.

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