Jeep Australia Says Goodbye To The HEMI V8

In a move that marks a significant shift in the automotive landscape, Jeep Australia has all but confirmed that the much-loved Grand Cherokee will no longer offer an eight-cylinder engine option. This decision comes as V8 versions of the SUV are being phased out in the United States, as the brand shifts its focus towards smaller capacity hybrid vehicles.

The absence of a V8 engine in the Jeep Australia line up will be the first time since 1999 that such an option will not be available. While enthusiasts may lament the loss of the powerful V8, it symbolizes a transition towards embracing the advancements in automotive technology and addressing the growing importance of sustainability in the industry.

Jeep’s commitment to smaller capacity engines and hybrid powertrains is evident in their offerings in the United States. The new, fifth-generation Grand Cherokee still offers a Hemi V8, but the brand’s emphasis is shifting towards more efficient alternatives. The four-cylinder Grand Cherokee 4xe, featuring a turbo 2.0-litre inline-four and electric motor, surpasses the power and torque figures of the 5.7-litre V8, highlighting the brand’s dedication to evolving powertrain options.

While customers who adored the previous V8 Grand Cherokee may feel a sense of nostalgia, Stellantis Australia spokesperson Tracie Stoltenburg assures them that there is much to look forward to. Stoltenburg emphasized the brand’s focus on electrification and the promising future it holds.

Amidst discussions surrounding a future Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, it remains uncertain whether the next-generation model will inherit the supercharged 6.2-litre Hemi V8 or opt for a turbocharged six-cylinder powertrain. Jeep USA is expected to introduce a twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline-six, potentially paired with a hybrid drivetrain, although its availability in Australia has yet to be confirmed.

Rick Crichton, Stellantis Australia Product Manager, expressed openness to a new-generation Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, emphasizing the brand’s willingness to explore opportunities and adapt to evolving market demands.

As the V8 Jeep Grand Cherokee bids farewell, Jeep Australia prepares to welcome a new era of powertrain options and technological advancements. The brand’s commitment to electrification and sustainable mobility sets the stage for an exciting future where performance and efficiency go hand in hand.

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