There are many cars that are sold outside the US that enthusiasts would love to purchase here. There are even entire manufacturers that aren’t available to Americans. But US import laws make it very challenging to import anything newer than 25 years old. Yet overseas, many people have the same dreams of owning certain American cars, and Europe and Asia make it far easier to do. But just because you can doesn’t mean it’s cost effective, and we’ve already seen how some of America’s hottest cars can fetch astronomical figures in other markets. Want a Mustang Shelby GT500 or C8 Corvette in Europe? Prepare to pay around $200,000. The latest American car to cost a small fortune to import overseas is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
Malaysian automotive news outlet Paultan discovered a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk for sale at TAHB Automotive, and all you really need to know is they’re asking a RM 869,000. This converts to an eye watering $211,229 at current rates. For context, the Trackhawk starts at $87,870 and just breaks the $100,000 barrier with every option added. You can see pictures of the very car they have for sale over on Paul Tan’s Automotive News, which is a black-on-black example with all the tasty options you’d want.
For added context, the same dealer will import a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, which uses the less powerful 392 engine. While you’ll have to fork out at least $69,365 to buy one in the US, it costs a converted $174,769 in Malaysia.
Crazier yet, both the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and Trackhawk are currently offered with a 50 percent SST reduction for imported vehicles, which is included in the pricing you see here. After June 30, those discounts run out, so these performance SUVs will get even more expensive if nobody buys them. Now we know why it isn’t all too often that these kind of stories come up: there aren’t too many people wanting to pay so much just to get an American vehicle. Unless, of course, we’re talking about a Ford Mustang with a V8.