It appears to be like just like the time of V8 Jeep Grand Cherokees will quickly be over. This can be as a result of the 4xe plug-in hybrid is 0.9 seconds faster to 60 mph than the 5.7-liter Hemi V8.
Jeep is transferring within the course of hybrids over V8s for its flagship namesake, the Grand Cherokee, in response to Motor Authority, who spoke with Jeep’s boss, Jim Morrison. Jeep will proceed to supply efficiency variants of the WL-generation Grand Cherokee, however they received’t be powered by V8s transferring ahead.
In line with Motor Authority, the V8 isn’t coming again to the Grand Cherokee mannequin line. The Trackhawk designation may get replaced with one other nameplate transferring ahead.
The chief quoted confirmed that the bigger Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer shall be electrified by 2025, however he wouldn’t verify that they’ll use an electrified powertrain based mostly on the brand new turbocharged inline-6 that in normal type will produce 420 horsepower and 468 lb-ft of torque, with a high-output model rated at 510 hp and 500 lb-ft. These numbers are earlier than the addition of an electrical motor which may enhance output to greater than 700 hp.
Towing capability at the moment sits at 7,200 lb. with the 392 Hemi, one of many highest rankings in its class. The V6 is rated at 6,200 lb. and the 4xe PHEV is rated at 6,000 lb. When requested about elevating the towing restrict to V8 ranges, Morrison smirked when the interviewer hinted at the opportunity of a plug-in hybrid turbo-six.
The old-school Hemi V8s of yesterday could have their days numbered. Different information nuggets mined by MA embody Morrison suggesting there received’t ever be a manufacturing V8 Gladiator, however a 4xe model appears imminent. So, too, does a 4xe model of the Grand Cherokee L.
Pour one out for the Hemi.
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