Another bites in the dust, am I right? Every car manufacturer changes all or most of its range to electric vehicles. As emissions laws become more prominent, many powerful engines have no choice but to disappear completely. Next is the Hemi V8 used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and Trackhawk models. Instead of 475 horsepower and 13 city mpg, Grand Cherokee owners will be switched to plug-in hybrid power with the Grand Cherokee 4Xe, or full electrification in the future.
Goodbye, Hemi V8 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.
Jeep’s global product marketing manager, Jeff Ellsworth, spoke with CarsGuide about favoring electrified powertrains that replace V8 engines. When asked about roadside Jeep V8s, he said the following:
“I’m not one to say yes or no, but there’s no doubt – and this is not just Jeep but in general – about what we can do with twin-turbo and electrification now. As much as we love (V8). there is no compensation for displacement, but there is technology out there that can deliver on it.We have still kept the V8 in some markets around the world, and especially in the US, but the reality is that the plug-in hybrid has become the more premium driveline. “We still love that engine, we will stick to it. It is there and it will stay there as long as it makes sense, both financially and regularly.”
Can Jeep dual turbo really replace Hemi V8 engines?
According to CarsGuide, the new 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine comes in standard power and high power. Owners get more than 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque for the Standard Output version. For this variant, the car manufacturer strives for better fuel economy and uses a cooled exhaust gas circulation. Alternatively, the High Output variant provides more than 500 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque. The carmaker probably promises “significant” fuel economy while pulling heavy loads, according to Motor1.
While these may not live up to the Supercharged 6.2-liter Trackhawk engine, they are an excellent alternative. Since better fuel economy is a legal necessity, and electrification is inevitable, Jeep will eventually have to take a step away from the Hemi V8. Ellsworth revealed no hidden secrets about the next Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT but hinted that electrification is on the way.
What is the first electrified Jeep Grand Cherokee?
For those interested in an electrified, fuel-efficient Grand Cherokee, the 4Xe model is on its way. According to Jeep, it will be available in the spring of 2022, so it will come very soon. There is no EPA estimate yet, but Jeep is aiming for 25 miles of all-electric range. It will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine and two electric motors. One will replace a conventional generator and the other a torque converter in the transmission. All 4Xe models will use an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Under the floor, the Grand Cherokee 4Xe uses a 400-volt, 17 kWh battery pack, an integrated Dual Charging Module with a charger and DC / DC converter and a Power Inverter Module.
Although not quite the Hemi V8, this powertrain still produces 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Best of all, Jeep expects its fuel economy to be around 56 MPGe. In addition, its EPA-estimated total driving range is available and is even higher than Jeep’s estimate of 440 miles. According to Top Electric SUV, EPA data indicates that the Grand Cherokee 4Xe can drive a 470 with a fuel tank and full charge.
Goodbye Hemi V8 Jeep Grand Cherokee, hi electrification
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In summary, it is inevitable to eliminate the Hemi V8 engine from Jeep’s range. With the ongoing demand for better fuel economy, laws for better fuel use in vehicles and the future of electrification, the carmaker does not have much choice. But if the first electrified Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 4Xe model, is any indicator, it looks like Jeep will still pull some powerful blows. Even with fuel economy and electricity involved, the carmaker keeps power in mind. We can just wait and see what comes next for the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.
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