Jeep Grand Cherokee is the iconic mid-size SUV which can take many identities thanks to its broad lineup. It can be a true off-roader or equally refined while driving on-road. The Grand Cherokee can also transform into the luxury SUV model equipped with almost any upscale amenity and tech feature. However, it can also be performance-oriented or fuel economy conscious. For the 2017 model Jeep added the off-road-ready Trailhawk model while also updated the styling of the Summit model. The safety also was expanded with some additional features.
On the other hand, for the upcoming model year Jeep will offer a long-awaited Hellcat-powered version called Trackhawk. Jeep hasn’t said much about other versions of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee but we don’t expect big changes.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Design
Looking from the outer perspective, the current lineup of the Grand Cherokee models won’t feature any significant change. However, the star of the year, the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk won’t also be the surprise in that regard. The Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee hides its potential under the skin and only hints its capability with a few unique details. It looks almost identical to the SRT version except in some details. The front side trades the fog lights for the better airflow. The unique 20-inch wheels and quad exhaust setup are also Trackhawk specific. It will also have the proper Trackhawk badge and Supercharged badges on each front door.
Inside, this mid-size SUV will get some unique styling elements but the overall design is not changed. The sports 200-mph speedometer and flat-bottom steering wheel with the Trackhawk badge will be in front of the driver. The model will also include the last version of the Uconnect infotainment system which comes with the 8-inch touchscreen and smartphone compatibility features. Passengers will sit in the nappa leather sets which feature model-specific color scheme and Trackhawk logo on the headrests. The front chairs will be heated and ventilated while the rear have heaters.
Other features will be 825 W Harmon/Kardon sound system which comes with 19 speakers including two subwoofers. The rear seat exertainment screens will also be installed.
The safety tech will also be there including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, etc.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Powertrains
The heart of the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be almost identical Hellcat engine which also sits under the hood of the Challenger and Charger models. The supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat engine will provide all 707 hp and torque of 645 lb-ft. The massive power also demanded some upgrades on model’s 8-speed automatic transmission, transfer case, suspension and brakes. Jeep used the Brembo brakes with 15.75-inch rotors up front and 13.78 inch vented units for the rear wheels. The braking system provides stopping power which stops this beast from 60 mph in 114 feet. The model, however, needs 3.5 seconds for 60 mph run while top speed is 180 mph.
This version will also come with the all-wheel drive system which has five driving modes and model can tow up to 7, 200 pounds.
Other engine options should include the units available on the current version. The base V-6 will comes with the more powerful 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. The SRT model will have a 6.4-liter V-8 and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 will also be on the offer.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Arrival, Price
Jeep will value the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk at around $84, 500. The base versions should cost slightly above $30, 000. The new Grand Cherokee will go on sale in the last quarter of this year.