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Jeep To Kill Off Grand Cherokee V6 And V8 Engines

Key Takeaways

  • Jeep to reportedly kill off Grand Cherokee V6 and V8s in favor of turbocharged four-cylinder engines.
  • The new engine needs around 300 horsepower to remain competitive.
  • No word yet on whether the Hurricane inline-six engine will be offered in the Grand Cherokee.

A new report suggests the 2025 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L will receive major powertrain revisions. Mopar Insiders claim the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 5.7-liter HEMI V8 will be discontinued in favor of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Stellantis reportedly wants to streamline the Grand Cherokee’s engine options while improving efficiency and reducing emissions.

The Grand Cherokee L will be offered exclusively with the four-pot motor, while the standard body style will continue to offer the 4xe plug-in hybrid variant. Interestingly, there’s no word on whether Jeep will introduce the 3.0-liter Hurricane inline-six, but the Standard Output version with 420 horsepower would make a fine replacement for the 5.7-liter V8.

2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Base MSRP

$38,035

Engine

3.6L V6 Gas

Horsepower

293 hp

Torque

257 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

Top Speed

180 mph

0-60 MPH

6.2 seconds

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

Drivetrain

RWD/AWD

Towing Capacity

6,200 lbs

Curb Weight

4,238 lbs

Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Could Offer 300 HP

Should Jeep follow through with this, it’s likely the automaker would use the turbocharged inline-four currently used in the Ram Rampage compact pickup, Jeep Cherokee, and Wrangler, where it develops 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the Pentastar V6 produces more power (293 hp) but less torque (257 lb-ft).

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While those are similar outputs, remember, the four-pot is also rumored to replace the Hemi V8. As a result, we expect Jeep to eke more power out of the engine. We expect around 300 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque for the Grand Cherokee to compete with its rivals. This would compare well with the entry-level 2.3-liter EcoBoost motor in the Ford Explorer, which develops 300 hp and 310 lb-ft.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6-liter V6

Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.7-liter V8

Ford Explorer 2.3-liter four-cylinder

Toyota Highlander 2.4-liter four-cylinder

Hyundai Palisade 3.8-liter V6

Kia Telluride 3.8-liter V6

Horsepower/Torque

293 hp/260 lb-ft

357 hp/390 lb-ft

300 hp/310 lb-ft

265 hp/310 lb-ft

291 hp/262 lb-ft

291 hp/262 lb-ft

Unconfirmed, But Highly Likely

If Stellantis doesn’t offer the Hurricane inline-six in the Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L, we would expect Standard Output and High Output versions of the four-cylinder engine. A more potent engine option would be necessary for the SUV to compete with its high-powered rivals, although a maximum of 350 hp would be sufficient for most needs.

CarBuzz has reached out to Jeep for comment on the matter and will update the article once we receive a reply. While Stellantis has been downsizing engines across the board: the Wrangler 392 has been discontinued and the Hurricane inline-six has replaced the V8 in the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, until Jeep confirms anything, this information needs to be treated as a rumor and nothing else.

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