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I Liked The Last Trackhawk So Much, I Factory Ordered A 2020...

Here at MoparInsiders, we try to always have a vehicle in our fleet to use as a long term test vehicle and update our readers on over the course of ownership. Avid readers of the site might remember that last September I traded in my 3-month-old Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 in on a new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. 

Our Long-Term 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (Moparinsiders)

Over the past year, I had put 21,000km on that Trackhawk, drove it from Vancouver, B.C to Toronto, Ontario and back, taken it to the drag strip, and even modified it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get it to the drag strip after doing all of the modifications I was really excited about, but I did manage to run an 11.5x in the quarter with it completely stock last year.

So if I liked the vehicle so much, why switch it up? Well, it was a leftover 2018 that I got a killer deal on as it sat on the lot for a year and a half which set me up really well for when it came time to trade it in. With the current world situation as you may or may not know, trade-in values are through the roof so I got a number on trade-in and realized that I could get out of it only losing $3k Canadian after almost a year of ownership and putting 20k km on it. 

It was at that time that I decided to factory order a new 2020 Trackhawk to my specs. In the last weekend of June, I ordered this 2020 Trackhawk in slate blue, with the new for 2020 ski grey and black full leather interior, panoramic sunroof, SRT high-performance audio, and black hood delete. Six weeks later on August 8th, my new Trackhawk arrived at the dealership.

Moparinsiders 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in Slate Blue (Moparinsiders.com)

 

I have now been driving the new Trackhawk for a few months and absolutely think I made the right choice. The full leather interior goes a long way to making the Trackhawk feel like it is worth the price of admission, and I was never really sold on the Velvet Red color, I didn’t mind it but I didn’t love it. So far I have added the JLT Cold Air Intake and JLT catch can over from the old Trackhawk along with the Magnaflow exhaust. For visual enhancements, I would like to add the MHF carbon fiber steering wheel and rear led blackout package along with some Eibach special edition lowering springs and some 22-inch wheels. 

More performance modifications are of course planned as well as I have a 2.85 pulley, injectors, 180-degree thermostat, and more that need to be installed. I just need to get the computer sent out to our friends at HPTuners to get unlocked and then our friends at Dusterhoff Tuning will be doing a flex-fuel tune to extract as much performance out of our Trackhawk as possible while retaining excellent drivability. 

Moparinsiders 2020 Trackhawk Ski Grey/Black interior (Moparinsiders.com)

Those modifications are likely to happen in the Spring as right now our local tracks are closed for the season and I would like to get some more miles on the Jeep before voiding to warranty to make sure there are no lingering issues. Unfortunately, our new Trackhawk has already spent 2 weeks in the service bay to get an oil leak under load diagnosed and fixed which turned out to be a bad oil cooler line from the factory.

Stay tuned to MoparInsiders.com and our YouTube channel for more to come on our new 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and our 1-year ownership review of the 2018 Trackhawk in the upcoming days.

I also want to take a second to note that we purchase all of our long-term test vehicles with our own money and aim to provide an unbiased opinion on our time with the vehicles. 

MoparInsiders 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

 

Jared B

Jared founded MoparInsiders and is a 36-year-old automotive enthusiast from Vancouver, British Columbia. He took an interest in cars at a very young age and has been interested in them ever since. His hobbies include photography, videography, drag racing and auto detailing. He currently owns and drives a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, 2020 Ram 3500 and rides a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650.

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