The Jeep® Grand Cherokee (WK2) Trackhawk is the most powerful and quickest two-row SUV ever. With its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V8 delivering 707 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque, the Trackhawk is capable of a 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, a quarter-mile run of 11.6 seconds, and a top speed of 180 mph. The two-row all-wheel-drive (AWD) performance SUV has been at the forefront of the Street and Racing Technology (SRT) battle against the world since its introduction in 2018, but that looks like it will be coming to an end after this year.
While the Grand Cherokee (WK2) platform is laid to rest at the end of this production year, many people have written in asking us if we had any idea about the next-generation Trackhawk now that the new Grand Cherokee (WL) is starting up production. So we thought, we would go over some of the latest things we have heard from our sources within Stellantis.
Originally planned for production, the supercharged Trackhawk (WL) has been scrapped according to our sources. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (WK2) will in fact be the last hurrah for the supercharged model due to continuing growing emissions regulations and Stellantis’ plan for electrification for each model by 2024, the Hellcat era is coming to an end.
But it doesn’t mean that there might not be another Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in the future. We could see a new turbocharged inline-six powerplant from the Stellantis Global Medium Engine family (GME-T6) coming under the hood of the popular full-size SUV next year. That engine will offer plug-in hybrid (PHEV) capability as it is expected to in the upcoming 2023 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer (WS) PHEV models, which we should be getting our first look at by the end of this year.
The GME-T6 PHEV could offer more power than the current Grand Cherokee SRT’s 6.4-liter SRT HEMI V8. It is expected that the GME-T6 electrified option will provide no turbo lag thanks to its electric-assist (called eBooster). This means instant boost, every time. We have heard of a 525 horsepower target with the high output version of the new inline-6 engine, of course, there are no figures set in stone as of yet, as the engine family has not been officially announced. While 525 horsepower is a long way away from the 707 horsepower rating of the current Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, it seems as though that gap can/will be closed with hybridization and electric motors.
Similar things are being said about the next-generation Charger, Challenger, and upcoming full-size Dodge UV. So it is expected that the GME-T6 should be a game-changer.
As for those who are still craving HEMI Hellcat power, the Grand Cherokee (WK2) production is scheduled to end on Saturday, November 20th our sources say. With the semiconductor shortage and flooding over this past weekend at the plant, those looking to purchase a supercharged Grand Cherokee may want to contact their local Jeep dealer for ordering and allocation information.
Let us know what you think about the discontinuation of the supercharged Trackhawk in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out our dedicated WLJeepForum.com forum, to discuss everything surrounding the fifth-generation Grand Cherokee (WL) models.
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