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News Jeep Boss Says Electrification Offers Limitless Performance For SRT Models

Jeep Boss Says Electrification Offers Limitless Performance For SRT Models

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  • Jeep boss says performance models part of company DNA


The global head of the Jeep brand has told journalists in Australia that the company is looking at electrifying its performance models, and while he wouldn’t come out and say exactly what the plans are, he certainly talked about them with a wink, a nudge, and everything short of a flashing neon sign.

“There are so many things we can do with electrification: it’s a new world that’s opening to us,” Christian Meunier said to Motoring.au. In the interview, Meunier said that electrification offered “limitless access to performance,” saying that the company was looking at “a lot of different plans and ideas” when it comes to its performance cars.

The words come just days after Dodge boss Tom Kuniskis told CNBC that “the days of an iron-block supercharged 6.2-litre V8 are numbered,” thanks to increasing emissions compliance needs. But that doesn’t mean the performance of those models is in danger.

“Is it a Trackhawk, is it an SRT, is it something else? I don’t know yet. Well I do know, but I can’t say anything!” Meunier said. “I think with electrification there is limitless, limitless access to performance.”

Jeep’s first entries into electrification have been through eTorque mild hybrid models and the recently revealed 4xe plug-in hybrid Jeep, and either of these could be used with the brand’s 5.7L Hemi V8s or any new engines that Stellantis has planned. The current Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is powered by a 707 hp supercharged V8, a number that could easily be matched and even exceeded by a smaller gas engine and large electric motor.

If you’re still worried about the fate of Jeep’s SRT models, “at the end of the day I think these very, very specialty products are part of the DNA of Jeep and we will continue to do it,” he said.

 

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