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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Release Date First Drive

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Release Date Interior

Sporting a supercharged V8 of its own, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk makes 707 horsepower and can hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, essentially making it the Hellcat we’ve always wanted it to be.

Jeep’s signature seven-slot grille is narrower than other 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and flanked by bi-xenon headlights with a black gloss background and LED surrounds. The Trackhawk also rides an inch lower than the base Grand Cherokee and features distinct body-colored wheel flares, cladded side sills, a sculpted hood and black chrome quad exhaust tips.

Under the hood, the Trackhawk features essentially the same powerplant as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, right down to the “HEMI” and Hellcat badging. The engine is fortified with a cast iron block and cooled by water jackets between the heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinders.

Thanks to a standard launch control system and a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and other improved driveline components, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk handles the 645 lb.-ft. of torque produced by its 6.2-liter engine.

Also, in addition to its lightning-fast 0-60 time, the fastest ever by an SUV, it can also complete a quarter mile in 11.6 seconds and has a top speed of 180 mph. On the flipside, the Trackhawk’s big, yellow exposed Brembo front brakes can bring it to a complete stop from 60 mph in 114 feet.

Elsewhere on the tech front, the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment screen inside the Trackhawk offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard connectivity features.

Look for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to hit dealerships by the end of this year.