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WATCH: Most powerful SUV yet - the 522kW Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk for SA is not to be messed with

2019-01-24 08:33
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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Built in Detroit at the Jefferson Avenue North Assembly Plant in Detroit Michigan and injected with an unmatched 522kW courtesy of an awe-inspiring supercharged 6.2 litre V8 engine, the most awarded SUV ever and the most capable full-size SUV on the planet has been transformed into the most powerful and quickest SUV yet.

The breakthrough supercharged engine is designed and manufactured using only the strongest and most durable materials.

Upgraded components

The standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission delivers improved shift response, quality and consistent performance and drivability.

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The transmission software takes into account variables such as engine torque gradients, kick-down events, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, grade changes, friction detection and downshift detection to determine the appropriate shift map.

It is equipped with the Jeep Quadra-Trac on-demand four-wheel-drive system, which includes an electronic limited-slip rear differential.

Launch Control, fitted as standard, optimizes the SUV’s performance by coordinating the engine, transmission, driveline and suspension for a textbook launch and consistent straight-line acceleration.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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The Selec-Track system on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk uses performance-tuned software to pre-configure and distinguish the five dynamic modes, including Auto, Sport, Track, Snow and Tow, enabling drivers to choose a vehicle setting that ideally meets their requirements and ambient conditions.

The drive modes separately control the four-wheel-drive system, transmission, paddle-shifters, suspension and the electric power steering.

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It also features a custom mode that allows the driver to personalize the vehicle’s performance with a selectable driving experience offering a multitude of vehicle system combinations. It is also capable of towing 2905kg.

Setting a new benchmark

New high-performance Brembo brakes include the largest standard front brakes ever offered on a Jeep vehicle.

Up front are 400mm two-piece vented rotors with six-piston calipers painted with a new distinctive yellow finish, and 350mm vented rotors with four-piston yellow calipers in the rear for outstanding stopping performance, heat management and durability.

The new Brembo brakes bring the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to a stop from 100km/h in 35 metres. For added safety, the anti-lock braking, electronic stability control and traction systems are uniquely tuned.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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The Trackhawk rides one inch lower than non-SRT Jeep Grand Cherokee models and is further set apart with body-coloured wheel flares, side sill cladding and a sculpted hood with dual heat extractors.

The signature seven-slot upper front grille is flanked by adaptive, bi-xenon headlamps and surrounded by an LED character lamp treatment.

Aggressive and functional

The headlamps on the Trackhawk model features a unique Gloss Black background to accent their jewel-like appearance.

The fog lights are absent from the Trackhawk’s front fascia to optimize airflow to cooling modules and air induction without compromising the vehicle’s balance.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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From behind, it features a unique Gloss Black rear valence that showcases 4" Black Chrome quad exhaust tips. The new quad exhaust system design provides an exhilarating and unmistakable note during maximum acceleration.

A "Supercharged" badge on both front doors and a Trackhawk badge on the liftgate features a Liquid Titanium Chrome outline and Matte Black background.

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New standard 20 x 10" Titanium-finish wheels with a Satin Chrome centre cap showcase the distinctive yellow calipers underneath. Available lightweight 20 x 10" forged aluminium Low Gloss Black wheels save a total of 5.44kg versus the standard Trackhawk wheel.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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It also features all-new Pirelli 295/45ZR20 Scorpion Verde All-Season and new Pirelli P Zero three-season tyres with an increased speed rating.

The SUV is available in nine exterior colours - Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Diamond Black, Ivory Tri-coat, Bright White, Velvet Red, Rhino (exclusive), Redline 2 (exclusive) and True Blue.

Race inspired

The driver-focused interior features premium soft-touch materials, unique Light Black Chrome finishes and carbon fibre spears, and a 7" driver information display (DID) instrument cluster, which features the tachometer in the middle. The 290km/h speedometer is on the left side of the cluster.

The instrument panel centre stack with new 8.4" Uconnect touchscreen features Trackhawk-exclusive Performance Pages that showcase an array of performance timers and gauge readouts, including a new engine dynamometer screen that measures instantaneous horsepower, torque and current transmission gear. The dynamometer screen also includes a new snapshot function for owners to save their readouts on a USB.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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It's three-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom features a bevvy of comfort, convenience and connectivity controls and ergonomically efficient paddle shifters.

The performance SUV also features standard Nappa leather seats with an embroidered "Trackhawk" logo and a fully wrapped Signature Leather Interior Package with "Trackhawk" embossed on the seats.

Seats are also heated (front and rear) and ventilated (front). Dark Ruby Red seatbelts and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof are also fitted features.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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A new Premium Metal Package is standard and enhances the Trackhawk’s interior with various upscale real metal accents.

Additional premium interior features include a standard active noise cancellation, premium headliner, leather stitched instrument panel, doors, centre console and armrest, Berber floormats with Trackhawk badge and dual-screen rear-seat entertainment centre with Blu-ray.

There is also a 825W Harman Kardon high-performance audio system with 19-speakers and two subwoofers.

Safety and Security

It includes more than 70 safety and security features, including trailer hitch camera view at speed, which allows owners to view trailered items through the rear-mounted camera while moving, and a valet mode that enables the following vehicle configurations:

• Engine is remapped to significantly reduce horsepower and torque; limited to 4 000rpm

• Transmission locks out access to first gear and upshifts earlier than normal

• Transmission will treat the manual shifter position the same as the drive position

• Traction, steering and suspension are set to their Street settings

• Steering-wheel paddle shifters are disabled

• Drive Mode functions are disabled

• Electronic stability control (ESC) is enabled to Full-on

• Launch Control is disabled

Drivers can activate and deactivate Valet mode with a personalized four-digit PIN code. 

Other prominent, standard safety and security features include adaptive cruise control with stop, advanced brake assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross path detection, full-speed forward collision warning with crash mitigation, front and rear park assist, lane departure warning-plus, ready alert braking and SiriusXM Guardian and roadside assistance buttons.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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Advanced technology delivered with the all-new infotainment system. It also comes equipped with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through the latest version of Uconnect’s 8.4" touchscreen radio system. 

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