It’s been a long wait, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has finally arrived on South African shores, sporting a supercharged 6,2-litre V8 petrol engine worth a stonking 522 kW and 875 N.m.
The price for this monster of an SUV (which boasts more power than any other SUV offered in SA, including the Lamborghini Urus)? Some R2 199 900…
For the record, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk comes fitted with launch control (plus five driving modes) as standard, allowing a claimed zero to 100 km/h time of just 3,5 seconds. Top speed, meanwhile, is 290 km/h, while the claimed combined fuel economy figure listed is 16,8 litres per 100 km.
The SUV – which features an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive – runs on 20-inch alloys wrapped in 295/45ZR20 rubber. Braking is taken care of by 400 mm two-piece vented discs (with six-piston callipers painted yellow) up front and 350 mm vented discs with four-piston yellow callipers at the rear. Braked towing capacity, meanwhile, is a claimed 2 905 kg.
Inside, you’ll find a seven-inch driver information display as well as an 8,4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. Nappa leather seats (complete with embroidered “Trackhawk” logos) ship standard, as does seat heating (front and rear) and ventilation (front only). Dark Ruby Red seatbelts and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof are also standard.
The Trackhawk furthermore boasts an 825-watt Harman Kardon sound system with 19 speakers and a pair of subwoofers. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring (with rear cross path detection), parking sensors (fore and aft) and lane departure warning are furthermore included.
Ryan has spent most of his career in online media, writing about everything from sport to politics and other forms of crime. But his true passion – reignited by a 1971 Austin Mini Mk3 still tucked lifeless in a dark corner of his garage – is of the automotive variety.