The new Stellantis inline six engine has quite a bit reach “open secret” status in the auto industry, but we have yet to see concrete plans for its introduction. Well, the wait is coming to an end. Jeep car seems ready to debut its new Hemi replacement at the New York International Auto Show in April.
During a media roundtable in Chicago, Automatic log Jeep brand manager Jim Morrison asked if he had anything to share about the new turbocharged engine; Morrison answered our question with another: “Have you been to New York?”
While not a difficult confirmation in the strictest sense, it is very good when it comes to discussing the product in the future. So we know it’s coming. But in what? The inline turbocharged engine is said to be used to replace the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine. Newly redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee and new-new Wagoneer are the only models in the lineup currently offered with a 5.7-liter engine, making them the most likely candidates. There is a compelling case for either (or both).
The Grand Cherokee will benefit most from the Hemi replacement, as long as it is lighter and more efficient than the old iron monolithic V8. It also sells in bulk making it attractive to Stellantis from a CAFE standpoint. On the other hand, Wagoneer recently spot test in the guise of a long wheelbase, which means Jeep could be about to show it off. Why not launch it with a new engine that reduces the weight of the Wagoneer without sacrificing power?