New Hellcat Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk May Be Revealed In New York; New Compass In Brazil

Jeep’s CEO Mike Manley has announced “some pretty exciting news” for the Grand Cherokee at next week’s New York Auto Show.

While Manley didn’t go into any further details while speaking to TheDetroitNews, in a recent interview with Autonews,  he had revealed that Jeep will drop a 6.2-liter, supercharged, Hellcat engine into a Jeep Grand Cherokee “before the end of 2017.”

Placing the 6.2-liter supercharged engine from the Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat under the hood of the Grand Cherokee could make it the fastest accelerating SUV in the world, dropping the 0-60mph time in the mid 3 seconds.

It remains to be seen what the manufacturer has in store as a premiere for the 2016 New York Auto Show, but in related news, Jeep will present a common replacement for the Compass and Patriot in the fourth quarter of 2016.

“There’s no delay,” he told reporters during a press briefing for Jeep’s Moab Utah Safari. “It’s perfectly on
track and we’re very pleased with where it is. It’s just a nod to the
importance of how well Brazil has done with Renegade and secondly a nod
to that market and how we see it being developed.”

The compact vehicle, the name of which hasn’t been disclosed yet, will be produced in Pernambuco, Brazil, and it will be presented at the firm’s plant, ahead of the assembly start. It will ride on a stretched version of the Renegade’s architecture and will utilize its 2.0-liter four-pot mill, mated to a 9-speed auto, with a six-speed manual also in the cards. The new SUV will probably go on sale next year.

Note: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT pictured


  • fabri99

    Trackhawk sounds silly and is misleading. It’s not a sporty SUV like the Cayenne and it’s not supposed to be that, but more a super powerful SUV. It would also make sense, while sports SUVs like the X6M don’t.

    • Jay

      I always thought the name Hellcat sounded silly. Still do actually lol.

    • dubfun

      I don’t know if you have ever had a chance to drive a GC SRT on a road course, but I have, and can tell you that they are very capable vehicles on a track. I have attended the SRT track events at Road America, VIR, Pitt International and the road course outside of Michigan International and driven the GC SRT on all four tracks. They are a hoot to drive and I was hard pressed to find the limit of this vehicle. A GC “Trackhawk” should be more than a match for a Porsche Cayenne; and at the least I would have a lot of fun trying to find out if it was! Like I have tried to tell a lot of people, don’t knock the GC SRT until you have pushed one on a legitimate road course. I’m sure you would be amazed. I just wish they had a manual transmission option.

  • Deckard_Cain

    I was expecting them to present the new Compass in NY. Bummer.

  • Craig

    IF I was in charge – I would STOP revealing the future so far in advance.

  • BlackPegasus

    Because someone woke up one morning and said ” I need a SUV with a ridiculous amount of horsepower.” 🙄

    • Kash

      And that person was most likely German

  • ME

    The new Compass will be made in Brazil for US customers?