Two years into its reign of terror at the top of the performance SUV pecking order, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk remains one of the ludicrousest machines in the FCA universe. While the Dodge Durango recently stole all the headlines as the latest practical vehicle to get the Hellcat-all-the-things treatment, the Trackhawk has been a steadfast symbol of Jeep’s commitment to brute force and unrelenting absurdity since its introduction.
At a glance, the five-passenger hauler could be mistaken for any other regular Grand Cherokee, but a closer look reveals all of the hints that point to its true identity as a beastly performance machine. From the model-specific front fascia that improves aerodynamics and cooling to the 20-inch set of bespoke wheels sporting 295/45 run-flat tires, the Trackhawk is hard to miss. Even the LED headlights and adaptive bi-xenon headlights are adorned with dark bezels to further enhance the aggressive aesthetic, while a blacked-out version of Jeep’s seven-slot grille and red Trackhawk badging help it stand out from the crowd.
Around back, the raked rear hatch opens up to reveal a quad-exit exhaust system that’s sure to turn heads on the highway or in a parking lot. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s sporty fender flares, blacked-out roof spoiler, and a smoky rear diffuser complete the package, while the Jeep logo is prominently displayed on the liftgate.
While the Jeep brand’s name is nearly synonymous with the rough-terrain ready Wrangler, it also possesses a more civilized side. The Grand Cherokee is the company’s best-selling SUV, and the Trackhawk version is its sultry, performance-oriented heir apparent. Powered by the same 245-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 as the Challenger Hellcat, the Trackhawk is capable of sprinting to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds and topping 200 mph.
The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Redesign is expected to build on the current model’s success by offering a number of upgrades and new features. For starters, the upcoming variant is expected to feature a more refined exterior that will be based on the facelifted 2020 model. The redesigned SUV is also rumored to have more power thanks to its upgraded engine, along with new stability control and driving modes.
Inside, the Trackhawk is expected to offer a unique driving experience with its race-inspired front seats and flat-bottom steering wheel. The interior will also be loaded with a number of high-tech features, including an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with UConnect navigation and SiriusXM radio.
The new Trackhawk is expected to be stiffer and more glued to the tarmac than the standard Grand Cherokee, with its front bumper and lower-side sills redesigned to match its muscular frame. The new design will also add a large chin spoiler and a performance hood with a scoop following the style of the Dodge Durango, as well as a pair of rear spoilers to aid in downforce. The upcoming version is expected to be available this summer, with prices starting at $89,000.