The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk might get one hell of a sendoff before its replacement arrives for the 2021 model year.
There have been some interesting discoveries surrounding the 2020 Grand Cherokee. Spy photos taken near Fiat Chrysler’s testing facility reveal a red-painted Trackhawk that has been given a totally new hood, complete with what appears to be a large, functional hood scoop. It also has a great big bulge that is almost certainly hiding an even bigger supercharger than before.
As a refresher, the Trackhawk was Jeep’s “what if” story of swapping the regular Grand Cherokee SRT’s 5.7-L engine with the 6.2-L supercharged V8 from the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. This gave grand Cherokee 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque and allowed it to accelerate from zero to sixty in just 3.5 seconds--a feat that has yet to be topped in the world of SUVs.
Autoblog reports that those spy photos could be the precursor to an even more powerful Trackhawk variant that replaces the Hellcat engine with the Challenger SRT Demon’s. That would mean 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque (when given a steady diet of 100 octane fuel) and could shave off several tenths of a second from both its zero to sixty time and its quarter-mile time.
Head on over to Autoblog to see the images for yourself and see if it seems like the Trackhawk is about to be possessed by the Demon. Reports say this latest model will arrive for 2020, just ahead of the Grand Cherokee’s redesign for the 2021 model year.
What might this Demon-powered Cherokee mean for the SUV market? Well, it would almost certainly mean the end of the Lamborghini Urus as the fastest gas-powered SUV. It might even mean the Tesla Model X will start to lose at the drag strip after being a dominant force since the most powerful Performance model started appearing.
We’ll find out for sure once Jeep makes an official announcement.