SUV will get supercharged 6.2-litre V8 from the Charger and Challenger Hellcats, to become the fastest Jeep yet

Jeep CEO Mike Manley has confirmed that his company will be producing a Hellcat version of its Grand Cherokee SUV for the US market from July 2017.

The hot new Jeep will get the supercharged 6.2-litre V8 used in FCA stablemate Dodge’s Challenger and Charger Hellcat models, although it’s not yet known if the SUV will have the same 707bhp and 650lb ft outputs of those cars.

Even with a slight power deficit, the Hellcat model should comfortably outpunch Jeep’s current fastest car, the 461bhp Grand Cherokee SRT (pictured above), which is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 5.0sec and reach a top speed of 160mph.

The Hellcat engine’s potential performance could even move the hot Grand Cherokee beyond the realms of today’s current crop of super-SUVs, which includes the 561bhp Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and 542bhp Range Rover Sport SVR.

Video: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT takes on its fastest rivals - drag race

Further technical specs will be revealed in the coming months, but we can expect the Hellcat-engined car to get bigger brakes and a performance-focused chassis set-up. It’s thought the name Grand Cherokee Trackhawk could be adopted, in reference to the car’s track focus.

Insiders say the model won’t replace the SRT; rather, it will sit above it in the US range. That means the SRT should be retained as the fastest production Jeep on sale in the UK.

US pricing is a long way off from being revealed, but expect a significant increase on the SRT’s $64,895 (about £46,020) starting figure.

Like many America-only models, it’ll probably still cost just a fraction of its European equivalents. The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, for example, is capable of 204mph but in its native market retails from less than £45,400. That’s about £10,000 less than a UK-bound BMW M3.

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7 April 2016
It will certainly make for an interesting vehicle. A head over heart purchase though I feel, even in the US.

There is a downside (of course!), yes it will considerably undercut its (mostly European) competition but the FCA group need to do something to entice the buyers considering an American article I read recently about how badly their cars are performing and are considered in the US due to their reliability and quality issues.



It's all about the twisties........

7 April 2016
TegTypeR wrote:

A head over heart purchase though I feel, even in the US.

Okay, make that read "Heart over Head".



It's all about the twisties........

7 April 2016
Totally pointless. Completely useless miles to the gallon, or should I say gallons to the mile. Road tax would be silly money. But damn do I want one. Now where's that lottery win.

7 April 2016
I've never felt the need to buy a fast bus.


8 April 2016
This + 1,000 hp tuned Mustang = PERFECT TWO CAR GARAGE

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