Jeep to launch sport-focused Renegade Trackhawk?

The Trackhawk could get a twin-turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 300 hp.

Jeep is allegedly putting the final touches on a performance-focused version of the Renegade crossover.

Dubbed Renegade Trackhawk, Jeep's first-ever hot-rodded subcompact crossover will be powered by a new twin-turbocharged version of Chrysler's 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine. The four-banger will send at least 300 horsepower to all four wheels, though what transmission it will be bolted to is up in the air.

The extra power will be complemented by upgraded brakes all around, a sport-tuned suspension and a full body kit. All told, the Renegade Trackhawk is shaping up to be the fastest and most aggressive-looking crossover in its segment by a long shot.

The information was published by a company insider on an enthusiast forum called JeepTrackHawkForums. If it's accurate, the Renegade Trackhawk will land in showrooms in time for the 2018 model year, meaning its official debut is still at least a year away.

What's next?

The Renegade will inaugurate the Trackhawk name, and it will presumably launch as a regular-production model. Shortly after, Jeep will introduce a long-rumored Trackhawk-badged version of the Grand Cherokee that will be powered by the same supercharged 707-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine found under the hood of Dodge's Charger and Challenger Hellcat models.

The same source cited above reports that the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will go on sale as a limited-edition model in 2018, and it will only be available for a very short time. A separate report claims strict fuel economy and emissions regulations will force Chrysler to deep-six most of its V8 engines - including the Hellcat - by 2019.

Photos by Byron Hurd.

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