Jeep Trackhawk TBD, Dead for Performance V-8s Grand Cherokee

When the Silver Grand Cherokee 4xe climbed the 18-foot metal jeep, Mountain Silent, before increasing the engine output of the Camp Jeep outside the 2022 New York Auto Show, Jim Morrison, the head of the Jeep brand, smiled at me with a devilish smile and shoved the tires. Accelerator hard enough to break. The future of jeeps and off-roadings is instant torque, and Morrison was keen to prove it.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe at Camp Jeep at the 2022 New York Auto Show

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe at Camp Jeep at the 2022 New York Auto Show

Morrison wasn’t shy about the future: the V-8 performance isn’t coming back for Grand Cherokee, the trackhawk nameplate may not be back, the 4xe nameplate will be stretched, and the Gladiator is probably not getting 392 treatments. She has shared all and much more Motor authority In an interview in New York.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Will there be a new Trackhawk?

Morrison has confirmed that the V-8 will die in the Grand Cherokee when the car is released in September 2021. This time, however, I asked if the trackhawk nameplate for the WL-generation Grand Cherokee would return. “I don’t know. Could it be a form of trackhawk? Electrichawk? Who knows …”

2022 Zip Grand Cherokee 4xe

2022 Zip Grand Cherokee 4xe

More 4xe plug-in hybrids are coming

The plug-in hybrid Grand Cherokee 4xe, now launching, is 0.9 seconds faster at 60 miles per hour and has more torque than the optional 5.7-liter V-8 and also improves daily driving efficiency. But 4xe is not a performance variant.

Morrison says Motor authority The WL Generation (latest model) will have performance variants of the Grand Cherokee, but they will not be powered by the V-8.

The executive has confirmed that the Wagner and Grand Wagner calendar will be electrified by the year 2025, but declined to comment on whether the electrified powertrain will be based on the long-wheelbase Wagner and the new turbocharged inline-6 ​​announced with Grand Wagner. That turbo-6 produces 420 hp and 468 pound-feet of torque in standard output form. A higher-output version is rated at 510 hp and 500 pound-feet, but Jeep engineers say M.A. There is room for more energy if needed. Without that electrification. Adding an electric motor to the 8-speed automatic transmission can increase the power of the powertrain to about 700 hp or so আগে and before it increases the engine output.

Asked if the 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain would come in the Grand Cherokee L (Long Wheelbase model), Morrison said, “I think it makes sense.” He declined to make an official announcement, noting that 4xe’s acceptance has been great on Wrangler, with the Jeep adopting a “wait and see” approach to see if customers like it on the Grand Cherokee platform.

Although Morrison could not directly confirm when or when the plug-in hybrid 4xe gladiator is coming, he said, “Well, we said it (electrification) will come with all our vehicles. Yes, by 2025.” Expect the Gladiator 4xe, probably for the model year 2024.

2022 Zip Grand Cherokee 4xe

2022 Zip Grand Cherokee 4xe

Factory 37, a V-8-powered gladiator and Grand Cherokee towing

Anyone waiting for the Wrangler 392 V-8 will be disappointed to be taken to the gladiator. “I don’t know if we’ll ever see a 392 on a gladiator, to be honest,” Morrison said. According to the executive, this is a difficult business case, as the gladiator is only one-third the size of the Wrangler. Same deal for the concept of a Gladiator Extreme Recon package with 35-inch rubber from the factory. However, Morrison notes that the automaker will continue to offer larger tires and different wheels through the Jeep Performance Parts division.

As for the larger rubber, Morrison mentioned that the Wrangler 4xe with 37-inch tires was his favorite package at the 2022 Easter Zip Safari in Moab. “It goes anywhere. I couldn’t find a place where I couldn’t do it. It’s like crazy.” 2022 will be standard with the Ford Bronco Raptor 37s, but Jeep has not yet offered them.

The Grand Cherokee currently has one of the highest toe ratings in its class at 7,200 pounds, with the optional V-8 (on the old WK2 platform its sibling, Dodge Durango, which can toe up to 8,700 pounds). The V-6 model can tag up to 6,200 pounds, with the 4xe PHEV rated at 6,000 pounds. When asked if a non-hybrid version of the new Turbo-6 would replace the V-8 in the Grand Cherokee, why bother with the Morrison 4xe having so many rotating forces? The reason for the towing, I said, was whether he was willing to give up the higher toe rating of the V-8. “You know me, I never like to let anything go” in the context of towing ratings.

“We may have a different solution for them (those who tow),” Morrison said. “Like a plug-in hybrid Turbo-6,” I asked. Morrison was quick to point out that she couldn’t say while trying to stop her trademark smile.

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