Because the silver Grand Cherokee 4xe silently ascended the 18-foot steel “Jeep earlier than boosting the engine outputs, Mountain” of Camp Jeep outdoors the 2022 New York auto present, Head of Jeep model Jim Morrison smiled at me with a devilish grin and pushed the accelerator laborious sufficient for the tires to briefly break traction on the steel monitor. The way forward for Jeep and off-roading is on the spot torque, and Morrison was eager to show it.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe at Camp Jeep at 2022 New York auto present
Morrison wasn’t shy in regards to the future: The V-8 is not coming again for efficiency Grand Cherokees, the Trackhawk nameplate won’t return, the 4xe nameplate will develop, and the Gladiator most likely just isn’t getting the 392 remedy. He shared all that and extra with Motor Authority at an interview in New York.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Will there be a brand new Trackhawk?
Morrison confirmed that the V-8 would die within the Grand Cherokee on the car’s reveal in September 2021. This time, nevertheless, I requested if the Trackhawk nameplate will return for the WL-generation Grand Cherokee. “I do not know. Might or not it’s a variant of Trackhawk? Electrichawk? Who is aware of…” the chief trailed off whereas navigating a banked left-hand activate the Camp Jeep monitor.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe
Extra 4xe plug-in hybrids are coming
The plug-in hybrid Grand Cherokee 4xe, which is launching now, is 0.9 second faster to 60 mph and has extra torque than the optionally available 5.7-liter V-8 whereas additionally bettering effectivity in day-to-day driving. However the 4xe just isn’t a efficiency variant.
Morrison instructed Motor Authority there will probably be efficiency variants of the WL technology (newest mannequin) Grand Cherokee, however they will not be powered by V-8s.
The chief confirmed that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will probably be electrified by calendar 12 months 2025, however he grew somewhat silent when requested if the electrified powertrain will probably be primarily based upon the brand new turbocharged inline-6 introduced with the lengthy wheelbase Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. That turbo-6 in normal output kind produces 420 hp and 468 lb-ft of torque. A high-output model is rated at 510 hp and 500 lb-ft, however Jeep engineers instructed MA there’s room left for extra energy to be extracted ought to the necessity come up. That is with out electrification. Including an electrical motor to the 8-speed automated transmission may elevate the powertrain’s energy to or close to round 700 hp—and that is earlier than boosting engine outputs.
When requested if the 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain will come to the Grand Cherokee L (lengthy wheelbase mannequin) Morrison mentioned, “I feel it does make sense.” He stopped wanting making a proper announcement, noting that whereas acceptance of the 4xe has been nice within the Wrangler, the Jeep is taking a “wait and see” strategy to see if clients prefer it within the Grand Cherokee platform.
Whereas Morrison would not immediately verify the plug-in hybrid 4xe Gladiator is coming, or when, he mentioned, “Properly, we now have mentioned it (electrification) will include all our automobiles. Yep, By 2025.” Anticipate the Gladiator 4xe, possible for mannequin 12 months 2024.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe
Manufacturing unit 37s, a V-8-powered Gladiator, and Grand Cherokee towing
Anybody ready for the 392 V-8 within the Wrangler to be shoved into the Gladiator is about to be upset. “I do not know that we’ll ever see a 392 within the Gladiator, to be trustworthy,” Morrison mentioned. It is a more durable enterprise case, in response to the chief, as Gladiator is just a few third of Wrangler’s quantity. Identical deal for the thought of a Gladiator Xtreme Recon package deal with 35-inch rubber from the manufacturing unit. Although, Morrison did be aware the automaker will proceed to supply bigger tires and completely different wheels by means of the Jeep Efficiency Elements division.
Whereas with regards to bigger rubber, Morrison famous that the Wrangler 4xe on 37-inch tires in Moab on the 2022 Easter Jeep Safari was his favourite package deal. “It goes wherever. I could not discover a place the place I could not make that go. It is loopy.” The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor will come normal with 37s, however to date Jeep hasn’t supplied them.
The Grand Cherokee at present has one of many highest tow rankings in its class at 7,200 lb with the optionally available V-8 (apart from its sibling on the older WK2 platform, the Dodge Durango, which may tow as much as 8,700 lb). The V-6 mannequin can tug as much as 6,200 lb, whereas the 4xe PHEV is rated at 6,000 lb. When requested if a non-hybrid model of the brand new turbo-6 would come to the Grand Cherokee to exchange the V-8, Morrison mentioned why hassle because the 4xe has a lot torque. Towing is the rationale, I mentioned, asking if he can be keen to surrender the V-8’s greater tow ranking. “You understand me, I do not like ever letting something go” in reference to the towing ranking.
“We would have a unique answer for them (those that tow), although,” Morrison mentioned. “Like a plug-in hybrid turbo-6,” I requested? Morrison rapidly mentioned he could not say as he tried to quell his trademark smirk.