Although we’re in the US this week to drive the maniacal new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, the company has yet to reveal Australian pricing. By our calculations, though, the big beast will likely start with a price tag in the neighbourhood of $140,000.
What we do know for sure is that the Trackhawk will go on sale in Australia in two variant forms. First up, there will be a Launch Edition – an increasingly popular way to kick off a new line-up – limited in this case to just 62 units.
“The 62 units pays homage to the 6.2-litre V8 engine,” Lucy McLellan, Director Corporate Communications for FCA told CarAdvice at the international drive program in Portland, Maine.
“That Launch Edition will suit fans wanting something a little bit special, something different to the regular Trackhawk, and most importantly, something customised.”
Australia will be the biggest market for the Trackhawk outside the United States, an endorsement for the popularity of the brand locally, and the desire for a heavy-hitting performance SUV from buyers in Australia.
While FCA representatives won’t nail down specific pricing right now, we’re speculating that the Trackhawk is likely to start close to the $140,000 mark before on-road costs based on US pricing, and the likely spread of standard equipment.
That figure would represent a massive leap beyond the $91,000 (before on-roads) cost of the current 344kW/624Nm SRT model, but for an upgrade to 527kW and 874Nm, Jeep may not struggle to find Trackhawk buyers even at a near $150,000 price point.
“We can tell you to expect the Trackhawk to come loaded with plenty of standard equipment, some of which would be optional on a Grand Cherokee SRT, for example,” McLellan told CarAdvice.
In the US, buyers can choose between the aforementioned Harman Kardon system or an Alpine system, standard wheel fitment is 20×10 inches, with optional wheels available, and there is a more premium leather trim option above the standard leather trim as well.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will start arriving in dealers Australia in December 2017.