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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk comes to UK

UK pricing announced for 707hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk comes to UK

Pricing and specs have been announced for the monstrous Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Depending on your point of view, it could either be a bargain, or an outlandish extravagance.

A list price of £89,995 is the headline figure, and Jeep says that only 20 examples of the Trackhawk will be coming to the UK in 2019.

Hellcat’s bigger brother

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk comes to UK

So what exactly do you get for almost £90,000 of American SUV? For a start, the same 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V8 engine that is used in the Dodge SRT Challenger and SRT Charger Hellcat muscle cars.

That means the faintly ridiculous power output of 707hp – more than a Ferrari 488 GTB – combined with 645lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed TorqueFlight automatic gearbox has the job of channeling all that torque to the upgraded four-wheel drive system.

Performance is suitably shocking, with 0-62mph taking just 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 180mph.

For comparison, a Porsche Cayenne Turbo can only hit 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds, and reach 177mph flat out. The German machine is also more than £9,000 more expensive than the Trackhawk, even before you dive into the Porsche options list.

Fully loaded for battle

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk comes to UK

Standard specification is another area where Jeep wants the Trackhawk to appeal.

Externally is a substantial bodykit, complete with ‘supercharged’ badging to the door to ensure there is no confusion as to which Grand Cherokee you’re driving. Titanium coloured 20-inch wheels are standard, as are the powerful Brembo brakes with yellow calipers.

UK cars receive upgraded Laguna leather sports seats as part of the deal, along with carbon fibre accents for the interior. The 825w Harmon Kardon sound system features 19 speakers, but we imagine the Hemi V8 will provide the greatest aural output.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto provide smartphone connectivity, with an 8.4-inch multimedia screen in control of most functions. For the Trackhawk it also offers bespoke performance data, letting you see just how much horsepower you are using and even G-forces.

Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Assist, and even a Trailer Hitch camera are just some of the claimed 65 security and safety features fitted.

At almost any price the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk would be a niche purchase in the UK. But it is hard to ignore the lure of a 707hp Hellcat engine fitted to a practical, right-hand drive, SUV.

Tesco VW charging network

Every little helps: Tesco and VW plan huge EV charging network

Tesco VW charging network

Volkswagen and Tesco have announced plans to create ‘the largest UK retail electric vehicle charging network’, with more than 2,400 charging bays to be installed within the next three years.

The charging bays, which will be based in Tesco Extra and Superstore car parks, will be installed by Pod Point, the UK’s largest independent public charging network.

Electric vehicle owners won’t have to pay for using a standard 7kW fast charger, but ‘a small cost in line with the market rate’ will apply for use of a rapid 50kW charger. Around 600 Tesco stores across the UK will benefit from this development.

Geraldine Ingham, head of marketing at Volkswagen UK, said: “This incredibly exciting partnership with Tesco, powered by Pod Point, underlines the scale and ambition of our electric car programme in the UK.

“Working with these partners to provide such an extensive network of EV chargers should leave no one in any doubt about the Volkswagen brand’s wholehearted commitment to an electric future.”

Volkswagen Tesco Pod Point

Jason Terry, Tesco CEO for UK and Republic of Ireland, added: “As the UK’s biggest fuel retailer, we have a role to play in supporting the transition to a low carbon future and improving air quality.

“We know our customers are increasingly moving towards electric vehicles, offering charging while they shop is another little help to make their lives easier.”

Every Lidl helps

Pod Point has a network of 1,700 public charging bays across the UK, including electric chargers in Lidl and Sainsbury’s car parks.

According to the latest stats provided by Zap-Map, there are currently 6,625 public charging points in the UK, with a total of 11,013 devices and 18,944 connectors.

Earlier this year, BP bought the country’s biggest electric car charging network with the acquisition of Chargemaster. BP plans to add 1,200 fast chargers to its forecourts over the next year, adding to the 6,500 Chargemaster charging points.

Pod Point at Tesco

Erik Fairbairn, CEO of Pod Point, said: “This agreement represents a 14 percent increase in the number of public charge bays in the UK and is a monumental day for electric vehicle drivers. It is a massive leap forward for the UK and a significant step in our mission to put a Pod Point everywhere you park.”

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