Jeep already has two plug-in hybrid models
This hybrid system could use Stellantis’ new inline-six-cylinder engine
Jeep also announced that its next performance models will not be powered by V8 engines
Jeep has been making more efforts to electrify its lineup lately and after to arrival of the Grand Cherokee 4xe earlier this year, the automaker has now said that its largest models will also offer a plug-in variant by 2025.
The Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are the two largest vehicles in the Jeep lineup and they are some of the biggest SUVs on the road. Both of these models are currently only powered by V8 engines, but this will change in a couple of years.
Indeed, the automaker announced that it will add a plug-in hybrid powertrain similar to the one already used in the Wrangler 4xe and Grand Cherokee 4xe to these models by 2025.
This delay is likely due to a modification to the system made necessary by the size and weight of the new models. In its current form, the 4xe powertrain is composed of a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, two electric motors and a 17-kWh battery. This makes for a combined power output of 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. This makes the Grand Cherokee 4xe torquier than the V8 powered model despite it being more fuel efficient than the V6 powered version.
Even if this output is impressive, it might not be quite up to the level that is expected out of the brand’s flagship models. This is why there are speculations that Jeep is reworking the system to pair it with the new turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine from Stellantis.
In addition to this news, Jeep also confirmed that its future performance models will not be powered by V8 engines, as was the case for the previous SRT8’s and Trackhawk’s. In regards to that last nameplate, the automaker said has yet to formulate plans for a return.