And we want it now.
Jeep has just revealed its all-new Grand Cherokee for the 2022 model year, complete with a Grand Cherokee 4xe hybrid variant for the first time. It looks much more modern, taking on styling cues inspired by those of the latest Wagoneer, but while we love the new tech, the option of a hybrid, and the refreshed styling, not all of our desires have been met. The hybrid model signals a shift in focus for Jeep, but before the world becomes fully committed to electric vehicles, we'd like to see the automaker produce a Trackhawk model with a Hellcat engine, just once more. Do it for the fans, Jeep.
Unfortunately, it seems very unlikely that our dream will come true, but if it does, the Trackhawk should go out with a bang. 707 horsepower just won't cut it anymore, so we'd like to see the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 develop at least 717 hp as in the current Challenger SRT Hellcat, but the Redeye's 797 hp would be met with no complaints either. Power would have to go to all four corners once again, but that's no bad thing - especially in an SUV. Some bigger brakes, a lowered suspension setup, and some unique styling would make it just as popular as the original.
Speaking of styling, we'd expect a vented hood to feature once again, along with unique fascias at either end of the SUV. Bigger wheels wrapped in sticky low-profile rubber would be another nice-to-have, as would a black roof. Inside, we'd like to see model-specific seats with contrast stitching and suede, a unique steering wheel, and splashes of carbon fiber for that sporty look and feel.
As the industry moves away from combustion-powered drivetrains, and as the almost-global deadline for automakers to electrify their lineups by 2025 approaches, now is the perfect time for the Jeep Grand Cherokee to stick one last finger to the man before the engineering marvel that is the Hellcat engine is consigned to the history books forever.