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Upcoming Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Will Showcase 707 HP Engine

Hot on the heels of Fiat Chrysler’s successful Hellcat muscle cars, the super powered versions of the Dodge Charger and Challenger coupe, the car maker is planning to install a supercharged 707 hp V8 engine that powers them into their popular Jeep Cherokee.

A number of insiders at Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) have confirmed that Jeep is really getting ready to launch a 707 hp SUV which will be called Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk. It is expected to be at Chapman Chrysler Jeep by summer 2016.

Similar to the Hellcat models of the Dodge Charger and Challenger, the Trackhawk will have the most powerful engine ever included on a U.S stock, factory made passenger vehicle. The Hellcat models can do a 0 to 60 mph sprint that is comparable to high end European supercars.

The Hellcat engine that will be powering the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk will do the 0 to 60 sprint in a mind boggling 3.5 seconds, which is even faster than its vaulted competition the BMW X5 M.

After going on sale in September 2014, Dodge got over 4,500 orders for their Challenger Hellcat in just 5 days. More sales poured in when the Dodge Charger Hellcat came to market soon after. Dodge was forced to stop receiving orders in March for the remainder of the 2015 model year.

Dodge stated last month that they will double the production of the Hellcat engine to keep up with demand. President of the brand Tim Kuniskis stated that the response to the Hellcats of the Charger and Challenger SRT couldn’t have been more enthusiastic. It was unprecedented in the company’s history, so too was the 707 hp muscle cars.

The timing of the Hellcat is perfect as interest in performance vehicles is at the highest point in decades. Cheap gas prices have also helped the surge in demand. It doesn’t hurt that the new engines have both power and fuel economy to back it up. The EPA rates the 707 hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat on the highway at 22 mpg, which is 2 to 3 times what muscle car owners got in the 1960s and ’70s.

Adding the Hellcat engine to the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a good move for the automaker since SUVs and crossovers will outsell sedans in the U.S. this year and there has been an increasing demand for high power models. The Trackhawk will compete directly with the growing line of performance based SUV like the BMW X5 M.

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