2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Australia Review – The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is an absolute success in a key area, possibly the key area for car lovers: the participation of drivers. It is true that the Jeep Grand Cherokee on which this vehicle is based has a checkered past, which with its countless reminders and their former owners torched and celebrated the immolation incorporating to music videos.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Australia Review
But never in my whole career have I laughed with such joy that when I buried the strong pedal in the Trackhawk for the first time. Even if you are only firing from 0 to 60 km/h near the airport, bombarding the tango traffic light, the process is a delight for the senses. The guttural roar of the V8, the subtle silencer of the supercharger, the feeling that his torso is pressed on the back of the seat while the front end rises like a speedboat gaining pace.
The first time I stepped on the accelerator, the second time, and the third time, and most of the week until I had to give the keys back to the FCA people, this offered me excitement. Accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds and can drag up to 70 percent of the torque to the rear axle, though it usually offers a split of 50:50.
The maximum speed is a record of 290 km/h, at which point you would probably consume a tank full of fuel in minutes, not hours!
The leather seats are nice, the digital instrument screen is great and everything is pretty bold. But, what makes this car special and memorable is that engine and the way the car moves forward turning all four wheels with full load. Silly fun? Yes, please!
The Trackhawk’s 6.2-liter V8 supercharged engine is lifted from the Dodge Challenger Hellcat coupe (not available here) and, although very similar, is not identical. It still has two air-to-water intercoolers and a 14.600 rpm supercharger from IHI Turbo America that generates 11.6 psi of impulse. Although this engine produces a little less power and noise than the Challenger Hellcat (to improve driving ability), it is still very noisy and very satisfying.
Despite its speed and the way the supercharger muffler rises in tone, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a good daily pilot.
Okay, so just take fuel 98 rum, but it’s not so big that you can’t park at home on the driveway, in an underground parking lot or in the school pickup area.
With a lot of parking sensors and a back-facing camera, I had no trouble fitting the Jeep’s considerable mass into tight parking lots and it’s very relaxed in the slow traffic. In fact, it is actually better than many of its Japanese rivals because the suspension is adapted for American audiences who prefer a little more comfort.
In fact, the comfort of running is remarkably good for an SUV that sits on a stiffer and lower suspension than regular Jeep GC, largely thanks to Bilstein adaptive shock absorbers. These can be changed to a smoother fit for daily driving, which provides the modal displacement of Trackhawk.
The cobbled streets of southern Melbourne test the suspension in an integral way and the Trackhawk the softened admirably, along with all the larger potholes around my house, while the super light steering makes the angles straight and sharp turn to the Force. It is fair to point out that the lifeless direction is not ideal for dynamic driving, but it is perfect in the city and the Circle of Giro (11.6 m) for this great Bertha is not bad either.
Keyless entry and engine startup accelerate quick scripts to stores, but every time you step on the accelerator you will want to use the shopping bag hooks… three Bean mixes everywhere!
The Trackhawk is a family carrier that hides a brutal sprinter. It can be handled smoothly and quietly and, although it will never be efficient in fuel consumption, it is also very capable of leaving the suburbs behind and heading towards the bushes.
Empty The great beast of people and belongings, turn the dials and buttons to attack mode, and the Jeep Trackhawk of 2.4 tons is a weapon.
It makes its way through tight rope passages with the grace of a decaying whale channel, but it’s quick point-to-point. The large 20-inch alloy rims are forged with Pirelli P Zero sticky rubber, 295/45ZR on all four Corners, which provide a good grip.
The Trackhawk is quite flat on the corners when the shock absorbers are switched to sport mode and the acceleration is nothing but explosive, but it is the Trackhawk’s stopping slowdown which made me laugh constantly.
The six-piston front Brembo brake calipers of considerable size (and yellow!) Gnaw massive 400 mm discs, while the four-pot rear gauges work with 350 mm discs and, together, offer the type of braking power seldom associated with an SUV.
This is not the most enjoyable performance car I have ever driven and you are always aware of its great mass as you increase the pace. But redial it from 80 percent intensity to 60 percent and the Trackhawk is fun on a hard road.
Closing the driver’s door and pressing the start button never gets old. The roar of the engine while it is turned on is incredibly attractive.
The interior has a high-quality feel, from materials in use, with soft leather everywhere, to high-end spheres and a large display of information and entertainment. However, the red-on-black interior of this particular Trackhawk was about to be sticky… Conservative shoppers may want to try to get black on black.
The radar cruise control system had a couple of glitches once in a while, it was canceled for no obvious reason and I had trouble playing audio over Bluetooth from my phone. I could take and make calls, but audio playback eluded me. Probably operator error.
There is a lot of space in front, ample space for the passengers of the rear seat and the boot is swallowed 782 liters of equipment, expanding to 1554 when it turns the rear seats through the loading area. There are ISOFIX child seat anchorages and superior mooring in case you want to indoctrinate your children in the V8 club, and getting in and out of the vehicle is nice and easy thanks to the hip height.
The eight-speed ZF reinforced gearbox, the new rear transfer box combo/LSD and the reinforced drive shafts were specifically designed for Trackhawk.
There is also a special performance computer that offers many different parameters and, as Sam and Matt have confirmed, the Trackhawk is more than capable of taking several laps on the racetrack. There is a startup mode that keeps the revolutions and then lets you rip… but unless you’re in the drag zone, you really don’t need it. Simply step on the accelerator and the American scammer will be thrown forward with the four wheels turning momentarily.
There is no hybrid version of the Trackhawk (yet) because purists want an old-school setting that reminds them of their youth, when the V8 ‘s were everywhere and carbon emissions were something that eliminated burnt toast.
The engine is not as elaborate as, say, BMW’s new quad turbo diesel, but it doesn’t have to be: it only has eight cylinders, two old-school push-rod valves for each cylinder and a large crank-driven supercharger.
For the Trackhawk there are powder-forged rods and high-strength forged alloy pistons to cope with all the extreme pressure. The cold air inlet is hidden in the front apron to cope with engine greed for fuels, i.e. oxygen, and the result is a great threat that children will love.
The ZF eight-speed transmission has been reinforced, as is the transmission shafts. In fact, regularizing almost 900 Nm of torque in the eight-speed gearbox and then going out through all four wheels requires a little planning to avoid a catastrophic malfunction.
If you live in the U.S., the Hennessey Tuning group can adjust the engine to offer a little more than 1000 hp, eliminating a full second of the 0-100 km/h.
The Grand Cherokee is the most popular Jeep model in Australia (by far), however, its 3208 sales until the end of September in 2018 have dropped by 20 percent over the previous year, from about 4000 vehicles.
However, it is clear that there is still much love for the Great beast and the flagship model will go to the annals of history as one of the most outrageous animals that have been created by closing the 2020 and the severe emission regulations that will announce it.
Taking into account the history of Grand Cherokee with regard to withdrawals, the organization of an extended warranty with the concessionaire would be prudent. But really, I’m willing to forgive the colorful past of the car and the thirst for fossil fuels, for now, because anything that can almost duplicate me with almost uncontrollable laughter in an area of 60 km/h is something very special, especially in this Price point.
The closest opponents of the Jeep Trackhawk have more plate value, such as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the BMW X5 M, but they do not have the explosive rate or affordability.
On this side of a high-powered motorcycle or a supercharged jetski, there are few vehicles that are so ridiculously, hilariously powerful in the stratosphere. I recognize that if a vehicle can offer such a powerful emotional effect, even in regular traffic, it is a must.