Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs. Trackhawk: The Key Differences

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a solid buy for those looking for a performance SUV. It can deftly handle backcountry roads, as well as zoom down the highway on the way out of town with ease. 

The Grand Cherokee also has several trim levels with different features and performance specs so that you can get exactly what you need in your SUV. The Grand Cherokee SRT is designed for performance, but the upcoming Trackhawk is being added to up that performance to a Hellcat-like level! 

That's because the Trackhawk utilizes the 707-HP Hellcat engine, making it the most powerful production SUV ever!

Here's a closer look at some of the key differences between the two performance-based models:

Exterior Styling


Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and Trackhawk have distinctive exterior styling features that differentiate them from the other trim levels. But while it's easy to tell the difference between a non-performance Grand Cherokee and the SRT or Trackhawk, the biggest difference between the two really comes down to badging and the exhaust system.

The Grand Cherokee SRT features dual exhaust tips with an SRT badge on the rear of the vehicle. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk features quad exhaust tips and a Trackhawk badge. Both vehicles have blacked out front fascias that give the models a specific menacing look compared to other non-performance models.

For those with sharp eyes, though, check out the tires and brake size for a quick way to tell whether you're looking at a performance Grand Cherokee or just a standard model. Both the SRT and Trackhawk feature wide tires and massive Brembo brakes. These performance models also sit just one-inch lower to the ground than the non-Performance Grand Cherokee models!

Engine and Performance


Both the Trackhawk and the SRT have extremely powerful engines and offer adept handling, but they each excel in their own ways. 

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is designed for performance, so it features a more powerful 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that produces 475 horsepower. The powertrain includes an eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as paddle shifters on the steering wheel. You can switch into an Eco Mode to take advantage of the fuel saver technology when you are on your regular commute and don't need the extra power.

Meanwhile, the Trackhawk was designed to be the most powerful production SUV ever created. The Hellcat of SUVs that just happens to feature the now-legendary Hellcat Engine: a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8. With 707 horsepower, there's just no denying its power. Not only can it comfortably fit five people and some cargo, but its 3.5-second 0-60 mph time is enough to beat most sports cars while still being a practical car for daily driving!

Interior and Features


The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is even designed to look like a racecar on the inside, carrying the theme throughout. It has leather upholstery and captain's chairs for comfort. Meanwhile, it is also loaded with features like the Uconnect Performance Pages Plus, a high-performance audio package, driver performance feedback, a G-force meter, and an SRT button and shift knob.

The interior of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is similar to the SRT but has many custom elements such as a Trackhawk badge on the steering wheel and the Trackhawk lettering embroidered into the front seats. It has a few color combinations for the interior, like the SRT, with leather being offered in places you won't find on a typical Grand Cherokee, giving it a much more upscale look and feel.

On both models, the upgraded leather wrapped interior is a seperate package but does include real carbon fiber trim through the front panels and doors. 

Pricing


There is a significant price difference between the Trackhawk and the SRT, but you have to take the difference of getting a 475 horsepower SRT engine vs. the 707 Horsepower Hellcat Engine into consideration. 

Whether it's just for bragging rights or you plan to occasionally take your Jeep to the track or drag strip, getting the power of a Hellcat in Jeep form is a dream for car enthusiasts who want to be able to live practically and have the option of extreme power at a moment's notice.  

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk starts at $86,000, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT starts at $66,895.

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