What If The Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Made Its Debut In 1999?

One Digital Artist, Has Come Up With What Could Have Been...

The Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (WK2) has earned a reputation as a formidable force on the dragstrip, renowned for its dominance. With its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® HELLCAT V8, generating a jaw-dropping 707 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque, coupled with all-wheel-drive capability, the Trackhawk redefined performance standards in 2018. It blitzed from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds, blazing through the quarter-mile in just 11.6 seconds at a speed of 116 mph. Notably, it could achieve a top speed of 180 mph, halt from 60 to 0 mph within 114 feet, and corner with an impressive .88 g on the skid pad.

“What If?” 1999 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. (AbimelecDesign).

However, digital artist Abimelec Arellano (@abimelecdesign) has intriguingly ventured into an alternate reality, envisaging the iconic Trackhawk in a ’90s incarnation. Starting with the Grand Cherokee (WJ), this reimagined SUV boasts a fresh body-kit, complete with assertive lower fascias, sleek skirts, and a muscular power bulge hood. A nod to the original Grand Cherokee SRT8 of 2006, a center-mounted exhaust adds character. The wheels, reminiscent of those featured on Chrysler Group concepts from that era, sport a notably aggressive offset, further enhancing the SUV’s commanding presence.

“What If?” 1999 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. (AbimelecDesign).

Arellano has even woven a captivating narrative into his vision, embodied in an evocative advertisement: “There remained a solitary terrain that the pioneering four-wheel drive technology had yet to conquer: the racetrack. The dawn of the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk marks an epochal shift. This is not merely a Sport Utility Vehicle; it’s the epitome of vehicular capability.

“What If?” 1999 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. (AbimelecDesign).

Beneath the hood, the heart of Jeep roars with the all-new PowerTech 5.0-liter V8, unfurling an astounding 320 horsepower that spearheads its class. This relentless power is harnessed with finesse through an upgraded iteration of Quadra-drive, our most sophisticated 4WD system to date.

“What If?” 1999 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. (AbimelecDesign).

Held aloft by a fortified unibody and underpinned by a Quadra-coil suspension, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk stands as an icon of speed, earning the distinction of the swiftest SUV in history, a title we believe it will retain for years to come, sprinting from 0-60 mph in a mere 5.2 seconds. If you’re enticed by the prospect of taming the untamed, the unrivaled offering from the SUV pioneer awaits.”

“What If?” 1999 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. (AbimelecDesign).

So, what’s your take on this fascinating reimagination? Would you have embraced the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Jeep basically did make a Trackhawk one year earlier in 1998 with the 5.9 Limited. Though obviously the name would come much later. The mystery is why they benched the idea of a badass street performance SUV for so long after that.

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I'll give this an A+ for styling, but only a C for execution. That generation of the Grand Cherokee had solid axles front and rear. Such a setup could be tuned for better pavement handling, but it would be met with a skeptical buying public. The HO 4.7 engine was still a few years into the future and the introductory 4.7 Power-Tech was putting out only 235 horses, not much more than the 3.5 V6 in the LH sedans. A Shelby SP-360 Dakota was available for the 1999 and 2000 model years with a supercharged 360 Magnum engine rated at 360 hp. Space under the Durango's hood was limited and it was even worse in the Jeep, so a supercharger probably wouldn't fit. The 5.9 engine could have been massaged with an earlier cam, exhaust manifolds and a computer upgrade. This concept's raised hood offers an opportunity to put a less restrictive air cleaner system for power gains as well. For those that aren't aware the 1992 5.2 liter Magnum engine was introduced with a hotter cam, large diameter exhaust manifolds with matching head pipes, and exhaust. It actually put out more power than the 5.9 Magnum introduced the next year. Everything was detuned for the 1994 new generation of Ram pickups.

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