This morning we were hit with the fairly sad news that Fiat-Chrysler plans to kill off both the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engine and 6.4-liter HEMI engine following the 2018 model year. Now we’ve received more news out of Auburn Hills, MI, with Motor Authority reporting production of the planned Jeep Grand Cherokee ‘TrackHawk’ has been pushed back by a year.
The ‘TrackHawk’, which is believed to be a beefed up version of the already brutish Grand Cherokee SRT powered by the Hellcat’s 707 horsepower 6.2-liter V8, was originally penned as a 2017 model. It’s not clear why, but Jeep has now been forced to push the high-performance SUVs launch date back by a year, which will make the first TrackHawks 2018 model year vehicles.
If this bit of intel turns out to ring true, it would mean the TrackHawk will live a very short life. Production of the 6.2-liter Hellcat engine will reportedly end after 2018, meaning the TrackHawk will stick around a couple years at best before kicking the bucket in 2019.
Even though the TrackHawk will only be with us for a brief moment, we’re not complaining, as even being given the option of buying a 707 horsepower SUV in the first place is reason for enthusiasts like us to celebrate.