Who saw this one coming?
Car and Driver is reporting that the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be the new home of the Hellcat V8. The idea is to replace the SRT, the current top-of-the-line model, with the Hellcat. Dodge wants complete control over the SRT badge, which makes sense and is something we’ve known for a while. In case you were wondering, "Trackhawk" was chosen due to its similarity to "Trailhawk," the label for Jeep’s off-road-focused Grand Cherokee. Just because the name is gone doesn’t mean the 6.4-liter V8 is going anywhere.
The SRT's HEMI engine will now be the new “base” engine of the Trackhawk. One thing the new Jeep SUV might not have is all-wheel drive. Engineers are reportedly having trouble marrying the Hellcat and AWD together and may just scrap the latter entirely. This means the new Grand Cherokee would likely be the king of straight lines and not much else. Still, would you really want to go rock crawling in an SUV packing a 707-horsepower engine? The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk should be available around the middle of 2016 and will pack a price tag of around $65,000.