Report: Jeep May Ditch V8s in Wagoneer Brand in Favor of Hurricane Six-Cylinder
Despite electrification taking over the national conversation, the automotive world isn’t going electric overnight. The transition to an electrified future will be a multi-step process that includes shifting away from fuel-thirsty powertrain configurations in favor of more efficient turbocharged and hybrid engines. Some automakers are taking that step already, and a new report suggests that Jeep could be next.
Car and Driver uncovered information that could indicate the automaker plans to move away from V8 engines after this year in the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, favoring its new Hurricane inline-six. The engine has proven that it can deliver V8 levels of power and torque while pumping out fewer emissions.
The two SUVs are currently sold with 5.7- and 6.4-liter V8 engine options, and the EPA’s fuel economy site still shows them as available for 2024. Car and Driver’s reporting showed that dealers’ databases only show the Hurricane, however, so there’s a chance the SUV retains its larger engines for 2024.
While the move would be disappointing for diehard V8 fans, it’s not unprecedented among Stellantis brands. Dodge is cutting V8-powered cars from its lineup after this year, as the Charger and Challenger are going away. Maserati also moved away from V8s in new models, including the GranTurismo.
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