Spied: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Hellcat [Video]by Byron Hurd
Supercharged Jeep caught on video testing.
Jeep CEO Mike Manley recently confirmed that a Hellcat version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is on its way, and now it appears that spies have caught one testing.
The brief video below shows the Grand Cherokee mule launching, slowing, accelerating again and then backing away from the spy's prying eyes (and cellphone).
What really stands out in the video, however, is the clear sound of the supercharger mixed in with the already-boisterous V8. Equally important is what you don't hear--a lot of tire squeal.
Has Jeep built an all-wheel drive system robust enough to handle all 707 horsepower (and more importantly, the 650lb-ft of torque) on offer with the 6.2L, supercharged Hellcat V8? From what we're seeing (and hearing) here, it seems like a distinct possibility. However, it's also possible the engine will be de-tuned for the larger Grand Cherokee platform, the precedent for which has already been set by the 392.
This variant of the Grand Cherokee is likely to be called a "Trackhawk," riffing off the "Trailhawk" moniker used for the brand's more trail-ready trim levels. It's expected to go on sale in late 2017 as a 2018 model.
Stay tuned to Leftlane for all the details.