Is a Big Dawg Fight Brewing Between the Cadillac Escalade-V and Jeep Tomahawk?

The Stellantis family of vehicles proudly wears crowns for the most powerful models in several categories. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the most powerful SUV, the Dodge Challenger Demon took the muscle car crown, and the Dodge Charger Redeye is the most powerful sedan. It’s easy to see why the new Cadillac Escalade-V, donned the world’s most powerful full-size SUV, would insult the Stellantis family. That is until the Jeep Tomahawk appears.

A trademark filing to put Jeep back on top

The Jeep Tomahawk could happen
2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer | Jeep

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CarBuzz discovered a recent trademark application filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a more powerful SUV using the word ‘hawk’ in the name. This new patent hints at using the name Tomahawk. This has been done before when the Stellantis brands were under previous leadership. Because it’s not a foreign name to Dodge or SRT, we aren’t sure where it will appear.

Tomahawk would be new for the Jeep brand

The Grand Wagoneer could become the foundation for a future Jeep Tomahawk
Jeep Grand Wagoneer | Stellantis

We can speculate what this new Tomahawk model might be. If the goal is to challenge the Cadillac Escalade-V, the only fitting solution will be to use the Grand Wagoneer. Some speculation hints at a high-performance Grand Cherokee, but that’s been done with the Trackhawk. No, the only way to truly challenge the big dawg power of the Escalade-V is to put massive horsepower in the Grand Wagoneer.

How much power does the Cadillac Escalade-V offer?

2023 Cadillac Escalade V in red
2023 Cadillac Escalade V | Cadillac

This most powerful Cadillac luxury SUV in the market uses a specially-tuned 6.2-liter V8 engine that adds supercharging to the mix. The result is a luxury SUV that screams down the road with 668 horsepower coming out of this engine.

The supercharger for this Cadillac is massive at 2.7 liters. With the help of AWD and an impressive ten-speed automatic transmission, this SUV can hit some impressive sprint speeds. If you never thought you would see an Escalade reach 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, think again. That’s what this high-powered beast can do.

It would be easy to have a Jeep Tomahawk more powerful than the Cadillac Escalade-V

If the Tomahawk performance SUV comes to fruition, we expect this Jeep to use the Hellcat engine. To date, every version of that engine is more powerful than the power plant under the hood of the Escalade-V. Of course, if Stellantis really wants to put some injury on the insult of taking back the crown, a Jeep Wagoneer with as much as 840 horsepower would do the trick.

Could the Tomahawk use a hybrid platform?

Everything about the potential of the Jeep Tomahawk SUV is conjecture. Why not put one more wrinkle in the conversational fabric? Could this new high-performance SUV, aimed at taking down the Cadillac Escalade-V, use a hybrid powertrain. Is the SRT team ready to put the supercharged Hellcat engine, tuned up to Redeye specs, together with an electric motor to reach the 840 horsepower mark we think possible? It’s certainly something to think about, isn’t it?

For now, the Cadillac Escalade-V is real, and the Jeep Tomahawk is not

Unfortunately, this conversation ends with a bit of a fizzle and a letdown. Until Stellantis turns the patent and trademark filing into a real vehicle, we can only wonder what a contest between the Escalade-V and a Grand Wagoneer Tomahawk might be. Hopefully, we’ll get to find out.

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This article was updated on 7/19/2022.

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