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Tip: Grand Cherokee powertrains

by David Zatz on

The Jeep Grand Cherokee “WL” is set to hit production  in the first half of 2021; but not every variant will be available at launch.

Given rumors of a 2.0 liter engine and the GME T6, some speculated that the Grand Cherokee would not have a Pentastar V6 or Hemi V8 option. It turns out neither is true — current plans, according to a reliable Allpar insider, have the Pentastar and a Hemi V8 available from the very start. The turbo four, on the other hand, won’t arrive until six months after the more traditional powertrains, helping to minimize risk a bit.

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FCA has made no secret of its desire to do a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Grand Cherokee; like the Pacifica, it’s an ideal vehicle for this, given fairly high ground clearance and relatively low (compared with Renegade, Compass, etc.) fuel economy. The goal here is to cut the company’s overall fuel economy, as well as giving economy-minded people a big Jeep option. This one is due nearly a year after the traditional powertrains. We don’t know yet if it will use the 4xe system unveiled in January.

We still don’t know whether the V8 will be the 5.7, the 392 (6.4), or both. A Hellcat will likely come after the first models.

As with any other plans of mice and men, there may be delays; indeed, delays would be far better than proceeding on schedule by ignoring any problems that may arise. That said, it appears that the Grand Cherokee will have a decent spread of engines.

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