TRACKS NOT TRAILS

BITUMEN-FOCUSED TRACKHAWK SWOOPING INTO SHOWROOMS THIS DECEMBER.

WORDS TRISTAN TANCREDI

JEEP Australia has confirmed its racetracktearing SUV, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, will land in local showrooms by the end of 2017.

Tailor-made for bitumen instead of the kind of roads our readers prefer, the supercharged 6.2-litre V8-powered Trackhawk generates a gutful of grunt – 527kW/874Nm worth. And, when mated to a high-torquecapacity TorqueFlite eightspeed automatic transmission and Brembo brakes, it’s enough to get our attention.

“I’m very excited to confirm that the Trackhawk will officially join the Grand Cherokee range,” Jeep Australia President and CEO, Steve Zanlunghi, said. “From the moment it was revealed... we knew we had to bring it to Australia. Public interest in the Trackhawk has been incredible – barely a day goes by when I’m not asked if it’s coming. Now I can confirm it.”

“The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be on sale in Australia in December, and it will shatter performance SUV benchmarks.”

Mr Zanlunghi continued: “Australia is the second biggest market for our 344kW Grand Cherokee SRT, behind the USA – so we’re confident Australians will absolutely love the Trackhawk which has even more of what makes the SRT so popular – a lot more!”

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can hit 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds, a standing quarter mile in 11.6 seconds (at 186km/h), has a top speed of 290km/h, and a 100-0km/h braking distance of 36 metres.

However, for numbers more appropriate to those reading this mag who prefer dirt under their tyres, the Trackhawk has a towing capacity of 3272kg, ground clearance of 205.4mm, wheelbase of 2913.7mm, approach angle of 18 degrees, ramp-breakover angle of 18.4 degrees, payload of 612kg, and a kerb weight of 2433kg.

The Trackhawk also implements Jeep’s Selec-Track system, which includes Auto, Sport, Track, Snow and Tow modes.