Jeep Slated to Spawn Hellcat on Wheels

September 4th, 2015 by admin

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Electrifying electronics like the VCR, Plasma TV and Blue-ray Disc made their debut in Vegas and now a machine with the ability to be just as much of a game changer has, too. Enter Fiat-Chrysler’s Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Hellcat-powered and capable of a zero-to-60-mph tear in an estimated 3.5 seconds, the Trackhawk was unveiled to Fiat-Chrysler dealers at the annual dealership meeting in Las Vegas last month.

Slated to sport a 707 HP 6.2-liter supercharged, HEMI V-8 engine, the Trackhawk promises obscene speed and imposing performance. A fast SUV may seem like an anomaly, but early returns indicate that consumers will clamor for it. If it performs as promised, the Trackhawk will dethrone the BMW X5 M as the fastest SUV on the market. Currently, there are test mules of the Hellcat-powered Jeep taking streets by storm and swiveling heads and word has it that Trackhawks could be flying on and off-road by next summer.

With an engine similar to those in Charger and Challenger models and an aluminum suspension system to trim weight, the Jeep covers drivers’ need for speed. How it will handle off-road and the vehicle’s comfort level are hotly debated topics. The Trackhawk’s price is another point of contention and the unconfirmed sticker price is around $80K, which could significantly increase if Fiat-Chrysler elects to make the SUV available for only one year.

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Additionally, Fiat-Chrysler is scheduled to build a new pickup truck based on the ever-popular Wrangler. To achieve good fuel economy, a turbocharged motor and diesel options are likely and early rumblings about the pickup characterize it as a midsize employing lighter aluminum parts and Jeep Wrangler bumpers. It’s good to see loyal enthusiasts rewarded for their patience and the Wrangler pickup joins the Trackhawk as a highly-anticipated Jeep vehicle.

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