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TMR Team | Apr, 11 2017 | 1 Comment

Jeep has revealed the supercar of SUVs - the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Boasting the title of the 'world's fastest SUV', the Trackhawk uses the Dodge Challenger Hellcat's 6.2 litre force-fed V8 petrol engine with 527kW of power and 874Nm of torque to achieve a 0-100km/h time of just 3.6 seconds.

Beyond the 100km/h mark, the quarter mile will arrive in 11.9 seconds and the top speed is 290km/h.

In revealing the Trackhawk, Jeep has officially confirmed one of its worst-kept secrets ahead of the new SUV's official unveiling at the New York Auto Show.

The Trackhawk ousts the 449kW Bentley Bentayga for the title of the world's most powerful off-roader and eclipses Porsche's upcoming 500kW Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid before it even arrives. It's claimed acceleration ability makes it quicker than both too, and matches the likes of a Ferrari California T roadster to triple figures.

But it's not just a weapon in a straight line, as Jeep has beefed-up the rest of the Grand Cherokee's mechanical package to handle the extra grunt and improve its road holding.

There's a stronger eight-speed automatic, heavy-duty rear axles, specifically-tuned adaptive dampers and lower, stiffer springs in the suspension as well as the biggest brakes ever applied to a Jeep - 400mm two-piece vented front rotors with six-piston callipers and 350mm vented rear rotors with four-piston callipers - which the brand claims will arrest the Trackhawk from 100km/h to a complete stop in 36 metres.

The car is visually identified by its beefed-up body work that includes the deletion of the front fog lights to feed air to the engine intake and intercooler, a vented bonnet that allows for the extraction of hot air generated by the engine, wider 20-inch alloy wheels, gloss black body trim and four chrome black exhaust pipes.

Inside the cabin, there's black chrome and carbon fibre highlights, Nappa leather and suede trim on heated seats for all passengers while cooling is also added to the fronts, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and an 8.4-inch infotainment screen with performance apps and smartphone mirroring. It also has a Premium Metal Package as standard which brings noise cancelling technology, a stitched leather instrument panel, Berber floormats and a choice of two high-grade audio systems.

Jeep Australia has yet to officially confirm the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be offered locally, but the company's new Managing Director, Steve Zanlunghi, has previously expressed his desire for such a vehicle when it becomes available. We'd bet the 527kW monster truck will hit Aussie showrooms before the end of the year.

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