The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: Prepare To Be Blown Away

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is in pre-production and set for release in Australia in 2018. What’s a Trackhawk, you ask? It’s the pinnacle of the evolution of Jeep’s performance SUV lineage. When we released the Grand Cherokee ZJ in 1998, its 0-60 mph acceleration time of 6.8 seconds and 15.4-second quarter mile was quite impressive. By 2006 and the advent of the Grand Cherokee SRT, we’d shaved the 0-60 mph time to 4.8 seconds, and the current SRT shaved that time a bit more. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is clocking in at a breathtaking 3.5 seconds for 0-60 mph, an 11.6-second quarter mile, and a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). It pulls .88G of lateral acceleration on the skid pad, so it’s a good thing the Bilstein adaptive suspension, engineered with high-strength, lightweight aluminium, is equal to the challenge.

•    Launch Control – The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a torque-reserve system that minimises the manifold fill-time, so when you hit the Launch Control button, you get instant torque for a powerful straight-line launch off the line from a full stop.

•    Performance-Tuned Selec-Trac System – Like most other things in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, the Select-Trac drive mode selection system is performance-tuned. It offers six drive modes: Auto for normal driving plus Sport, Track, Snow, Tow, and Custom. Each mode fine-tunes and coordinates everything from steering and suspension characteristics to shift-mapping for the Torqueflite eight-speed automatic transmission. Set your personal preferences in Custom mode and get the performance and handling you prefer on demand.

•    Specialised Uconnect With Performance Pages – The Uconnect multimedia system in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is premium and specialised to include Performance Pages in addition to phone, music, and navigation features. In the Performance Pages, you can take a snapshot of your vehicle’s telemetry and statistics, download it to a USB device, and export it to your computer for further analysis and comparison.

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