Jeep Could Be Working on a Hellcat-Powered Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer
Bad kitty power in a more practical package?by Jonathan Lopez, on
We’ve always been big proponents of the idea “Hellcat All The Things”, and for the most part, FCA has obliged, stuffing its incredible supercharged V-8 into a number of interesting four-wheeled applications. Now, it’s looking like the latest to get possessed with underworld levels of power might be the upcoming Wagoneer.
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Our friends over at Road & Track recently unearthed a document from ZF that mentions something called the “Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk.”
Rumors have been swirling over the return of the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer for years now, but we’re always happy to scoop up any new tidbits that come our way. The latest is that FCA might stuff its impressive supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 under the hood of the up-and-coming full-size 4x4 SUV.
The news comes courtesy of our friends over at Road & Track, who recently unearthed a document from the German transmission-maker ZF. Looking over the document, you’ll find mention of a model dubbed the “Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk,” which carries the internal designation of WS, the same letters believed to be attached to the new Wagoneer.
Included is a number of specs and equipment details. Apparently, the Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk will get ZF’s 8HP95X eight-speed transmission, the same automatic high-torque gearbox used in the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
What’s more, the document lists a 6.2-liter V-8 making around 718 horsepower as the powerplant, which is mighty close to the current Hellcat’s 717-horsepower ‘eight.
The document lists a 6.2-liter V-8 making around 718 horsepower as the powerplant, which is mighty close to the current Hellcat’s 717-horsepower ‘eight.
Looking back, it was originally believed the new Wagoneer would be built on a longer iteration of the Grand Cherokee’s unibody architecture. However, as Road & Track points out, more recent reports of a retooling at Fiat-Chrysler’s Warren Truck Assemble plant seem to point to the Ram pickup truck as providing the final underpinnings. If that is indeed the case, the new Wagoneer will still have the right stuff to fit the Hellcat V-8, given the upcoming Ram 1500 Rebel TRX does exactly the same thing.
Of course, this is all just rumor and conjecture, and there’s still a number of less-exciting explanations for what the document is really all about.
Of course, this is all just rumor and conjecture, and there’s still a number of less-exciting explanations for what the document is really all about. For example, it could simply be a mistake on ZF’s part, or maybe the doc points to a limited run of prototype vehicles for testing. After all, it bears mentioning that the document comes from 2017, so we might be well past the point of prediction on the production front.
That said, hope springs eternal, and we’re crossing our fingers the doc really is pointing towards some kind of upcoming high-performance people mover. And we’re sure you’re doing the same.
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Source: Road & Track