Chrysler trademarked the Trackhawk moniker last fall and it appears it will indeed be used on a high-performance version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Chrysler trademarked the Trackhawk moniker last fall and it appears it will indeed be used on a high-performance version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

According to Car & Driver's sources, the 2017 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will essentially be a renamed version of the Grand Cherokee SRT.  As a result, the model is expected to be powered by a familiar 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that produces 475 bhp (354 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque.  It enables the current model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 160 mph (257 km/h).

If that's not powerful enough, the Trackhawk is also expected to be offered with the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that powers the Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat.  The engine produces 707 bhp (527 kW) and 650 lb-ft (880 Nm) of torque in the aforementioned models but it appears engineers are struggling with coping with that much power in the Grand Cherokee.  As a result, they might have to electronically limit the torque output or eschew the four-wheel drive system altogether.

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