Rumors of a Grand Cherokee Hellcat and Jeep Truck are rumors no more.
Jeep execs confirmed both this week at the Detroit Auto Show. That confirmation will have to do for now, since unfortunately, the automaker didn’t bring them along to the show. We’d have loved to get a glimpse of one of them, but for now the mock-up above by Theophilus Chin will have to do.
GRAND CHEROKEE HELLCAT
The Grand Cherokee Hellcat will have the enviable 707-hp supercharged Hellcat V8 under the hood and could be called the “Trackhawk”.
Jeep CEO Mike Manley told The Detroit News that it will be on the market by the end of 2017. This Grand Cherokee SRT would be the second most powerful SUV in the world, behind the all-electric Tesla Model X P90D, which is rated at 762-hp.
Check out Mike Manley confirming the news in the video below.
Jeep’s long-awaited pickup will likely come a bit later, in 2018. As predicted, it will be based off the Wrangler. FCA Chief Sergio Marchionne says it will be built at the same Toledo, Ohio plant where the next-generation Wrangler is being built.
A Jeep truck has been in the works for years. The company’s been talking about doing one since at least 2011, but it’s always been on the back burner.
“Sergio and I work very, very closely on the Jeep product portfolio, and both of us have been a fan of a potential Wrangler pickup,” he said. “For me, there is a historical place in our lineup for it,” said Manley.
When it comes down to it, timing is everything. With the next-generation Wrangler timed to hit the market soon, so to, comes the pickup.
Jeep says it will also launch a new compact SUV that will replace both the Jeep Compass and Patriot models. They’ll keep one of those names, but we’re not sure which one.
“We’ve got two very good names, two well-established names with Compass and Patriot that continue to perform very well,” he told The Detroit News on the sidelines of the 2016 North American International Auto Show during the first press preview day. “It will be one of those names — which one, we’re going to have to wait and see.”
The new compact SUV could be revealed at the New York Auto Show in late March.