It seems that the days of V8 Jeep Grand Cherokees are soon over. This may be because the 4xe plug-in hybrid is 0.9 seconds faster to 60 mph than the 5.7-liter Hemi V8.
Jeep is leaning towards hybrids over V8s for its flagship namesake, the Grand Cherokee, according to Driving authority, who spoke with Jeep boss Jim Morrison. Jeep will continue to produce performance variants of the WL-generation Grand Cherokee, but they will no longer be powered by V8s in the future.
According to Driving authority, the V8 is not returning to the Grand Cherokee model line. The Trackhawk designation may also be replaced with another nameplate in the future.
The quoted executive confirmed that the larger Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be electrified by 2025, but he did not confirm that they would use an electrified powertrain based on the new turbocharged inline-6 which, in its form standard, will produce 420 horsepower and 468 lb-ft of torque, with a high-output version rated at 510 hp and 500 lb-ft. Those numbers are before the addition of an electric motor that could boost power to over 700bhp.
Towing capacity currently sits at 7,200 lbs with the 392 Hemi, one of the highest ratings in its class. The V6 is rated at 6,200 lbs and the 4xe PHEV is rated at 6,000 lbs.
Yesterday’s old-school Hemi V8s may have had their days numbered. Other news nuggets mined by MY include Morrison suggesting there will never be a production Gladiator V8, but a 4xe version seems imminent. The same goes for a 4xe version of the Grand Cherokee L.
Pour one for the Hemi.
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