A recent report suggests that the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wagoneer, and Grand Wagoneer may get a new turbocharged I-6 powertrain soon. How soon? Well, the latest information suggests that we will learn details about the new powertrain at the upcoming 2022 NY Auto Show in April of 2022.
Here is the report from Autoblog.
We wrote about a recent GMET6 HO “Tornado” engine information leak in December 2021. This is supposed to be an inline 6-cylinder 3.0-liter turbocharged engine that may or may not be combined with an electric motor to make it a hybrid. Some unofficial rumors say that this HO “High Output” power plant may produce way over 400 horsepower and nearly 600 lb-ft of torque.
These power numbers may be needed if Ford puts their 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 hybrid into their Expedition and/or Lincoln Navigator SUVs. The Powerboost V6 hybrid is currently rated at 570 lb-ft of torque. Cadillac is getting ready to fully unveil the Escalade V with a supercharged V8 engine. This GM powerplant is likely to produce 600 lb-ft of torque or more (this is still unofficial).
If this is indeed the case and Jeep announces a new powertrain for their premium SUV lineup in April of this year. We may see the engine in production SUVs by the end of this year (unless component or labor shortages delay production).
We spoke with the head of the Jeep brand – Jim Morrison – at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show. He hints at a new powertrain introduction at the end of the interview. Check out the video below.