Jeep revealed its new-generation 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee this week, which will launch first in seven-seat, three-row 'L' form, with a two-row, five-seat version to follow in around two years.
Here's our interpretation of how the supercharged, fire-breathing latter could look, using the freshly-unveiled Grand Cherokee L as a base, in sportier Overland trim.
Wide wheel-arch flares, black alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli rubber, and Brembo high-performance brakes – all borrowed from the current-generation Trackhawk (below) – fill and surround the arches, with their conspicuousness matched by a tall bonnet scoop loaned from the 523kW Ram 1500 TRX pick-up, powered by the same 6.2-litre supercharged V8 as the Jeep.
Above: The current Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Our next-generation Trackhawk sits notably lower to the ground than the standard Grand Cherokee L, with the package rounded off by larger air intakes, a trio of vents underneath the seven-slot grille (as per the current SRT and Trackhawk), black trim, pentagonal lower LED daytime-running lights and the necessary SRT, Hemi 6.2 and Supercharged badging.
Powering the performance SUV would be a version of the fan-favourite 6.2-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine utilised by the current Trackhawk and a plethora of other FCA (and now Stellantis) models, including the Dodge Challenger, Charger and Durango SRT Hellcat trio, and the aforementioned Ram 1500 TRX ute.
The mill develops 522kW of power and 868Nm of torque in current Australian-delivered Trackhawks, though a power boost would be likely on the cards for any potential new-generation model, possibly matching the 535kW and 889Nm extracted from the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, or the 594kW and 959Nm from the full-fat (but sub-Demon) Challenger Redeye.
However, any power boost would likely be cancelled out by the L model's extra heft, thanks to its longer body built to house a third row of seats.
Above: The fan-favourite 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V8
That's assuming the Grand Cherokee L Trackhawk would ever see the light of day, as a seven-seat supercharged Jeep would cannibalise sales of Fiat Chrysler's other seven-seat supercharged SUV, the aforementioned Dodge Durango Hellcat.
A Trackhawk version of the next-generation, five-seat Grand Cherokee due to enter production in mid-to-late 2021 (though it isn't expected to arrive in Australia until later in 2022) is more likely, given it would be free from competition within the FCA/Stellantis stable.
While Jeep has yet to confirm the arrival of a Trackhawk variant with either five- or seven-seat versions of the new SUV, it's likely (though not confirmed) the supercharged model would arrive after the unveiling of both the regular five-seat model, and its 6.4-litre, naturally-aspirated SRT derivative.
Such a timeline would push the range-topper's reveal out to the middle of the decade, around 2023 or 2024.