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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Krishna Choubey Automobile Journalist Updated on: October 29, 2019


It won't be wrong to say that we are living in the era of horsepower. The trend of “power” has brought almost every automobile manufacturer on the same track, with each of them rolling out more powerful and performance oriented versions of their popular sellers. Okay ! Nothing new about that. We are accustomed with this trend, keeping in mind Americans desire for “power”. But what makes things interesting, is in order to take over others, some brands, break the existing limits, landing into a completely new territory. The latest party to do so is Jeep, with the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. To say the least, Jeep’s contender is the most powerful SUV ever built and yes, it still retains all its flash and muscle.

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Pros

Premium interiors

Ferociously powerful engine

Extremely capable offroader

Plethora of tech and standard features

Cons

Poor fuel economy

Trades off ride quality for sportiness

What's New?

No changes or upgrades, with same 2018 model carried forward to 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$87150

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

4WD

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

horsepower

707 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

645 lbs.-ft @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

65.7/64.8

dimensions

wheelbase

114.7 in.

length

189.8 in.

width

76.5 in.

height

67.9 in.

curb weight

5363 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

68.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

payload capacity

1350 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

11/13/2017 mpg

highway range

418.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

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Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat

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Ratings

Features

7.3

Interior

7.5

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Trackhawk

Trackhawk

power
707 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
13 combined

$86,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl S/C 8A) Starting at $86,900 MSRP (11/13/17) 707 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5   Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat
  Velvet Red Pearl Coat
  Ivory 3 Coat
  Sting-Gray Clear Coat
  Diamond Black Crystal Pearl Coat
  Redline 2 Pearl Coat

Expert Review

7.2

Overall Rating


In the pursuit of power, Chrysler (which also owns Dodge and Jeep) has brought up some really magnificent vehicles, like the amazing Dodge Hellcats, the Charger, and the Challenger. One is the most powerful production sedan in the world, while the other is only old-school production muscle car in the world. With the intensifying fury, Chrysler thought it would be wonderful if the same powertrain could be used in other cars as well. The aforementioned “Car” to experiment with, could not have been anything better, when you have the Grand Cherokee in your bag. Thus, Jeep Grand Cherokee got a motor transplant. The result? Born, was the insane Trackhawk version.

With its supercharged V8, pumping out 707 horses, there is literally no natural competitor of the Trackhawk. But yes, the industry is not yet short of daredevils, especially the mighty Europeans, which still muster the courage to stare in the eyes of the Trackhawk.


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Features

 
 
 

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Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Features

7.3/10

Normally, a 707-horsepower rating on an SUV would require everyone to either rub their eyes or clean their glasses. Thankfully, this isn't a typo, neither is this a crazy concept car that will never see the light of day. It is a production car, and it is absolutely phenomenal! With all the mighty figures, the Trackhawk not only promises outstanding track performance, but it also holds all the charm that you would expect ina vehicle at this price point. Needless to say this is not any regular Grand Cherokee, and it packs best in class features and technology packages, which vehicles of even much higher class lack upon.

Trims

Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

MSRP

$86,900

Engine

6.2 Liter Supercharged V8

Features

Full time 4WD

 

Self-leveling headlights

 

Pre and post-collision safety system

 

Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system

 

Adaptive cruise control

 

Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror

 

Leather and simulated alloy steering wheel

 

Heated steering wheel

 

Heated mirrors

 

Heated and ventilated front seats

 

8-way power front seats with adjustable lumbar support

 

Multi level heated rear seats

 

20 inch wheels

 

Upgraded adaptive suspension

 

Brembo brakes

  Highly configurable Uconnect infotainment

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The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a no-nonsense machine. It means serious business and speaks performance. If your strong desire of taming the most diverse terrains, be it a formula one track or a trip to Cape Verde, is pushed upon by your thick wallet, then the Trackhawk is your ultimate machine.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Engine and Performance

The Grand Cherokee SRT is an exercise in overkill, but its sports-car-rivaling grip and roaring Hemi make it a performance powerhouse. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk flips the Jeep thing on its head by swapping trail ratings for track raging.  -Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

The 6.2 supercharged V8 in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is an extremely exciting engine. This monster growls every time you pin the pedal down, and purrs everytime you make an upshift or downshift, provided you have track or sport mode on. If you don't want to burn fuel at an unprecedented rate, you can switch to Eco mode, which muffles the growl and reduces this beast into a gentle daily driver. However, switch it to a different mode and this bad boy changes its character, the very next moment.

This V8 unit is certainly among the best you can get in the market, and hooked under the Grand Cherokee's hood, this devils grin gets more intimidating. Never in your life will you use all the 707 horses. Still, the Jeep Trackhawk gives you some pretty sweet bragging rights, which is  the primary reason why you would own one of these. You get an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, capable of manual shifts, with the shifts being lightning fast and smooth. Power delivery is absolutely spot on. Hit the pedal hard, and the engine gets into action instantly, with an ear-piercing rumble and a thrust, strong enough to push you to the depth of your seat.

Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

BMW X5 M

Range Rover Sport SVR

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Mercedes GLE 63 S AMG

MSRP

$86,900

$101,700

$113,900

$124,600

$79,995

$110,200

Engine

6.2 Liter Supercharged V8

4.4 Liter Twin-turbocharged V8

5.0 Liter Supercharged V8

4.0 Liter Twin-turbo V8

2.9 Liter turbocharged V6

5.5 Liter Bi-turbo V8

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

7-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

707

567

575

550

505

577

Torque

645

553

516

567

443

561

Talk about competition ? Technically, there is no other SUV out there in the market at present, that can challenge the might of the Trackhawk. Even comparing it with the most poerful SUV's of some established Europeans like the GLE 63 S AMG, Cayenne Turbo, Stelvio QF, X5 M and Range Rover Sport SVR, ends up in a one-sided battle. The Trackhawk simpply topples over all of these.

Acceleration

The way in which all those potent numbers translate into on-track performance, leaves you with an astonishing smirk, everytime you try to test the limits of the Trackhawk. Those 707 horses push this 5364 lbs mammoth from 0-60 in a sports car shaming 3.5 seconds. Not to forget though, the Trackhawk is the heaviest among its competition.

Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

BMW X5 M

Range Rover Sport SVR

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Mercedes GLE 63 S AMG

0-60 MPH

3.5

4.0

4.3

4.0

3.3

4.1

Quarter mile

11.6

12.2

12.8

12.0

11.8

12.5

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

13.6

11.0

11.0

10.4

9.3

11.7

Surprisingly, the Trackhawk is not the quickest among the lot. Its the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which flags the best 0-60 mile timing. The Quadrifoglio is the lightest and most compact among the competition too. A 505 hp V6 motor, and the comparatively smaller proportions is what helps the Quadrifoglio ace the acceleration test.

Ride and Handling

You dont buy a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk for the weekend family trip across country roads. Its the brisk starts and tremendous confidence and fun lying under the hood that urges you to drive one of these. Having said this, to no surprise, the sport tuned stiffer suspension setup and large wheels translate into a harsh ride. On the positive side, the tweaked suspension certainly allows better handling and maeuverability.

The Trackhawk handles corners pretty well, but you do feel the heft of this beast while cornering. However, the precisely weighed steering does its job very well in keeping the Trackhawk under control. The steering is not as precise as a Mclaren 720s or a Carrera GT, and thats pretty obvious in the fact that this is not a full fledged sports car. Since this is an SUV with a heavy mass, the steering is excellent in its business and you are never under-confident while spinning it around.

Braking

There are Brembo brakes on all wheels, with painted calipers no less, distinguishing the car from the regular Grand Cherokees. The Jeep's braking is a teeth-shattering affair, owing to the extreme bulk and muscle of the car. The car instantly makes you aware of its heavy weight every time you move up close to the wheel arches and stare a sight at the massive discs. With 15.7 inches at the front and 13.7 at the rear, these are the largest discs in any Jeep product ever and they bring down the heavy-weight Trackhawk from 60-0 in just 114 feet. That sounds like some serious business though.

Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

BMW X5 M

Range Rover Sport SVR

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Mercedes GLE 63 S AMG

Brake Front (in.)

15.7

15.6

13.7

15.4

14.2

15.4

Brake Rear (in.)

13.7

15.2

12.8

14.1

13.8

13.6

60-0 MPH (ft)

114

NA

NA

100

107

NA

Among the competition, we dont yet have the figures of the X5 M, Range Rover Sport SVR, and the GLE 63 S AMG. But from the stats we have, its very likely to assume that the Porsche Cayenne Turbo might turn out to be the best in the braking operation. The Cayenne Turbo is equipped with almost similar sized discs to the Trackhawk and the brakes are efficient enough to pull down the comparatively lighter Porsche, from 60-0 in just 100 feet.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Fuel Economy

Considering fuel economy in a vehicle like the Trackhawk, doesnt quite make sense. The combined 13 mpg in this Jeep is nothing surprising at all. A 707 horsepower supercharged V8, certainly needs a heavy diet. This is not a Compass, afterall.

Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

BMW X5 M

Range Rover Sport SVR

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Mercedes GLE 63 S AMG

MPG (city)

11

14

15

15

17

14

MPG (highway)

17

19

20

19

23

18

MPG (combined)

13

16

16

17

19

15

The other SUV's in the competition offer somewhat similar mpg figures, but its the Quadrifiglio again, that outshines the others here. The Quadrifoglio takes fair advantage of its smaller proportions and comparatively smaller engine, in the economy charts as well.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Interior

7.5/10

The Grand Cherokee impresses with its quality interior materials. The upper trim levels, in particular, have soft leather upholstery with aesthetically pleasing color combinations and stitching patterns. Everything feels solidly put together. -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

There are many things the Grand Cherokee can do. Seating 7 people aren't on that list. The only SUV in the segment to not offer a third row of seats, the Grand Cherokee can seat 2 adults in the front cabin and is comfortable for 2 in the rear too. Officially, you can seat 3 people in the back, but as they say, three is a crowd.

The interior quality is pretty premium though, and if you love to be surrounded by exquisite yet sporty leathers, then these cars don't disappoint. You also have the option of carbon fiber inserts on the interiors of the SRT trim, which look very sporty.

Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

BMW X5 M

Range Rover Sport SVR

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Mercedes GLE 63 S AMG

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/58.7/40.3

39.8/60.5/40.4

39.5/60.7/42.2

39.6/58.9/NA

40.2/NA/36.6

38.9/58.5/40.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.2/58.0/38.6

38.3/58.3/36.6

39.1/59.5/37.0

NA/NA/NA

38.9/NA/31.9

38.5/58.4/38.4

Most performance SUVs don't bother with anything more than 5 adults, and third-row seats are just added weight. 4 adults can sit comfortably in all the seats, or you could have 3 kids in the back.

Infotainment

These Jeeps comes standard with an 8.4-inch Touchscreen Display and uses Uconnect software as its interface. Some of the other standard features are listed below:

  • Bluetooth Phone and Audio
  • Voice Control
  • USB Port
  • AUX Input
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Real-time Traffic and Weather (optional)
  • Satellite Navigation (Optional)

Cargo volume

The lack of a third-row liberates a lot of space in the back. The trunk volume is over 35 cubic feet, and you can simply lift the tailgate and have a picnic inside. You can also fold the second-row seats to liberate more than 30 additional cubic feet.

Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

BMW X5 M

Range Rover Sport SVR

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Mercedes GLE 63 S AMG

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

36.3

35.8

24.8

23.6

18.5

38.2

The Mercedes adds practicality to its performance SUV by offering the biggest boot here, good for 38 cubic feet of storage space. The Durango has the smallest boot amongst the competition, followed by Cayenne, which has a 10 cubic feet advantage over a Durango (without the last row folded, of course).

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Exterior

The Grand Cherokee's shape is less aggressive than some of its rivals, but still retains the cues of iconic Jeeps: it still has the right proportions, trapezoidal wheel arches, and a seven-slot grille.  -Car and Driver

Design and dimensions

The Jeep has a lot of weight under its skin, with the base model tipping the scales in excess of 2 and a half tons. It isn't very large in terms of dimensions when compared to many of its rivals, mainly because it doesn't need to fit in the third row of seats. The weight does hinder the cornering and braking a bit, but you'd have to discover the limits of the car to realize that. Managing the car in city traffic is quite difficult a little difficult, obviously, and the car feels like a caged beast ready to rip the car in the front to shreds.

The design for the 2019 model has been carried over from the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The sleek headlamp design and the signature 7-horizontal slit front grille capture the onlookers' eye in an instant. The rear is simple and classy too, with a clean, uncluttered look

Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

BMW X5 M

Range Rover Sport SVR

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Mercedes GLE 63 S AMG

Length (in)

189.8

192.7

192.2

194.0

185.1

191.0 

Width (in)

76.5

78.1

81.6

78.1

77.0

78.9

Height (in)

67.9

67.6

71.0

65.9

66.3

69.3

Ground clearance (in)

8.1

8.1

8.4

7.4

7.9

7.1

Wheelbase (in)

114.7

115.5

115.0

114.0

111.0

114.8

Track width (in) F/R

65.7/64.8

65.6/65.6

66.5/66.3

64.7/65.2

61.2/63.3

65.2/67.1

Curb weight (lbs)

5363

5260

5093

4796

4360

5225

There isn't much to distinguish the SRT and Trackhawk from the rest of the lineup, except for the badges and perhaps the painted brake calipers. Is that a bad thing? Not at all! Imagine a kid in a sports car revving his engine next to you at a stoplight. The lights turn green, you smoke him, and he realizes he messed with the wrong car. Just play the scenario in your head.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Safety

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee has some good safety features onboard too. The standard features are listed below:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
  • Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking
  • Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist System

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Competition

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk vs any other SUV

The Trackhawk is a very special vehicle because there simply is no other SUV with a 700-horsepower power plant. There are a few that can match it in performance, but those are either a lot more expensive or not regular production models.

If you try hard enough, well, there is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Mercedes AMG GLC 63 Coupe, Range Rover Sport SVR, And the lovely, lovely Porsche Macan Turbo. The Range Rover produces the most power out of all these cars, 575 HP. Still, it falls shy of the Trackhawk by more than a hundred horses.

There is one SUV capable of keeping the Jeep in its rearview mirror. It's the Lamborghini Urus. The 650 HP raging bull can pull crazy performance numbers. It has a smaller 4-liter V8 but makes almost the same amount of power. While both these cars run a 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, the Lambo costs upwards of $200,000.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk vs SRT

The SRT and Trackhawk are two magnificent beasts, but they have too big of a difference in power and price to be direct competitors. Nonetheless, if you are a buyer considering to buy any one of these, you should definitely take a look at the other. If you absolutely need the extra power (to drive or to brag), then go for the Trackhawk. If you think the 400+ horses are enough to play with, then buy the SRT and save yourself 20 grand.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk vs Dodge Durango SRT

Both the Grand Cherokees, SRT and Trackhawk, borrow their engine from the Dodge family. The 392 Hemi on the SRT is the same as the one on the Durango. Power and performance are similar if not same, but the Durango offers a third-row seating option as well, which adds seating capacity of one more (Durango only seats 2 people in every row). The Jeep feels much more premium though, both in the way it drives and how the build quality is, which probably is much more important to a lifestyle product like this.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk vs BMW X6

What does one of the finest German manufacturers offer against the brawny Jeep SRT? The X6 of course! The large Beemer officially isn't an SUV though, it's a Sports Activity Coupe, an SUV with immense driving pleasure and gorgeous coupe styling. Against the SRT, Beemer has the upper hand in power, but against the Trackhawk, it has a lot less power, and to be honest, is a lot less practical as well. It is much more of a show off though, and will surely fetch you more attention than the Jeep. They both do a good job on a racetrack, although the X6 would feel much more at home there.

Bonus:

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk vs Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The 707 Hellcat engine on the Jeep is one 'hell' of a surprise, as Dodge themselves don't offer it on the Durango. Imagine if they did! A Durango Hellcat would be the only true competitor to the Jeep Trackhawk, but sadly that won't happen. Trackhawk is a very niche product, and introducing a similar car would cannibalize the sales of the Jeep. What Dodge does offer though, is a 707 HP Challenger Hellcat.

Dodge Challenger Hellcat is the car where this 6.2 supercharged V8 found life. The Challenger is a proper muscle car, large, heavy, and properly old-school. Still, in comparison with the Trackhawk, it feels tiny, and surprisingly, is actually slower on stock tires. The heavy Jeep finds it easier to put all that power to the road, courtesy the heavy body, and as a result, is a much more manageable car, manageable being the keyword.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV Final Verdict

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is one machine that stands out in the crowd of hundreds of other SUV's in the market right now. It is the most powerfull and one of the most capable SUV you can get right now. If you are looking for an SUV that can not only tackle any kind of terrain, but also challenge any sports car on the track and you are willing to pay amount for your desired pick, then the Trackhawk is where your search should end.