The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in Portland is pretty much good to go

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We’ve been stalking the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk for months, and now we’re getting our best look yet at the devilishly powerful sport utility vehicle.

From a distance, the JGC looks almost stately in black. Look closer and you see the SRT badges and the big brakes. Look past the wrappings and you see large air intakes in the lower fascia. All of this reinforces the Trackhawk’s performance pedigree, which will be anchored with the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi Hellcat V8. It’s rated at 707 horsepower in the Charger and Challenger Hellcats. The Jeep will use four-wheel drive.

These up-close images show off the Trackhawk’s simple design. Like the Dodge Hellcats, Jeep appears to be letting the power and capability stand on their own. Previously, we’ve only seen the Trackhawk from a distance or in blurry video.

The Trackhawk’s arrival comes as Fiat Chrysler expands Jeep’s global presence. The company is increasingly looking to its venerable off-road brand for sales volume, image building, and profits as it re-aligns its car business and looks for potential partners.

The Trackhawk looks nearly production ready, and we expect it to go on sale in 2017. Also, don’t confuse it with the Trailhawk, which is a trim level you can buy on the 2017 Grand Cherokee.

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