Chrysler has filed a trademark application for the name "Trackhawk", leading many industry pundits to speculate that a track-focused Jeep model is on the way.
With Jeep's existing Trailhawk moniker denoting a particular model's "trail rated" status and thus its suitability for hard-core offroading, the Trackhawk name would logically be applied to a racecar inspired track-ready variant.
The most likely candidate for the Trackhawk treatment would be a highly-tuned version of the Grand Cherokee SRT, potentially with a version of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat's monstrous 527kW supercharged 6.2 litre V8 (below) and a track-focused suspension tune.
With a longitudinal engine bay that's already capable of accepting a big V8 plus a sophisticated multi-link suspension at both front and rear, the Grand Cherokee is the Jeep that's most suited to being turned into a proper performance vehicle.
Its sheer size also means the Grand Cherokee would have no problem accepting the Hellcat's sizable powertrain and drivetrain.
A less exciting scenario is that the Trackhawk name may just be a replacement for the SRT badge, or that the company has trademarked the term to prevent a competitor from using it.
Whichever the case, we'll be watching Jeep closely. If a Hellcat-engined Grand Cherokee Trackhawk ever becomes a reality, Jeep could very well lay claim to having the world's most powerful (if not fastest) SUV.
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