The new WL Grand Cherokee may be engineered to simply accept Jeep’s new inline six-cylinder petrol engines, the corporate’s CEO has confirmed.

“That’s possible. That is a query of precedence and potential enterprise case,” Jeep CEO Christian Meunier instructed CarExpert when requested whether or not the Hurricane six could be launched as an up-level engine within the Grand Cherokee vary, noting there will not be many automobiles the place this engine could be a logical match.

Currently, the Grand Cherokee is obtainable in Australia solely in three-row L guise and completely with Jeep’s venerable Pentastar 3.6-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V6. The two-row model is due right here within the first quarter of 2023.

From there, the Grand Cherokee 4xe variant with a turbocharged four-cylinder plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain is about for native launch earlier than the center of 2023.

Officially known as the GME-T6, the new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six shares its bore, stroke and cylinder spacing with the GME-T4 turbocharged 2.0-litre 4 supplied in fashions just like the Cherokee and Wrangler abroad.

The Hurricane six will initially be out there in both a Standard Output tune with not less than 298kW of energy and 610Nm of torque, whereas the High Output has not less than 373kW and 644Nm.

These outputs range relying on the mannequin. The engine debuted this yr within the Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L, and subsequent purposes have but to be confirmed.

Stellantis has, nonetheless, confirmed a plug-in hybrid model is coming.

Regardless of tune, it’s a giant leap from the Pentastar’s 210kW and 344Nm.

Jeep hasn’t introduced plans to introduce the naturally-aspirated 5.7-litre petrol V8 engine, which had been supplied within the earlier WK2 collection and nonetheless serves an up-level engine within the North American line-up.

While a 6.4-litre V8 was just lately launched within the North American Wrangler line-up, Stellantis has been whittling down the variety of V8 choices it gives.

The Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger will finish manufacturing in 2023, whereas the WL Grand Cherokee doesn’t provide SRT and Trackhawk variants just like the WK2, which packed 6.4-litre and supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engines, respectively.

Mr Meunier stated the V8 quantity in Australia was not very massive for the Grand Cherokee, whereas the defunct turbo-diesel accounted for round 30 per cent of gross sales.

The turbo-diesel engine possibility is useless globally within the Grand Cherokee as Stellantis moves away from diesel engines, dropping them from the Maserati line-up and trimming the variety of oil-burner choices throughout the Jeep and Ram ranges.

“In this section I’m instructed diesel… it’s what we’d like. If we don’t have diesel, we are able to’t promote,” Mr Meunier stated.

“I don’t imagine these items. The market goes to evolve, proper? Because diesel goes to go away. Diesel goes to die.

“It’s going to die in Europe. And as a result of the large quantity was coming from Europe and the European producers have been actually, actually selling diesel.”

Mr Meunier stated he sees plug-in hybrids as an excellent bridge in markets like Australia till there’s infrastructure extra supportive of full electrical automobiles.

While Jeep has solely confirmed the Grand Cherokee 4xe for Australia for now, it gives plug-in hybrid variations of the Renegade, Compass and Wrangler in different markets.

It additionally plans to introduce plug-in hybrid variations of the Gladiator, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

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