A 536kW monster to rule them all?
American SUV specialists Jeep are already known to be working on a new flagship large SUV to cap their range, dubbed the Grand Wagoneer. The Wagoneer will more accurately target cars like the Range Rover and BMW X7 when it arrives, elevating the Jeep brand to a new level of luxury (because despite what they’ll tell you, Jeep’s never really been a good luxury player).
So if you asked anyone with an interest in the Grand Wagoneer about possible powertrain setups, you’d perhaps get an assortment of answers. An atmospheric petrol V8 is likely to appease the North American and Arab markets, whereas a turbocharged V6 petrol and perhaps a diesel will scratch the itch for more sensible motorists. But we bet you didn’t think about a supercharged 6.2-litre Hellcat-powered variant.
Documents from within transmission-manufacturer ZF, dug up by Road & Track, have revealed that there is potentially a Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk running around with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, as well as the enormous 6.2-litre V8. We’re confident that it’s the supercharged motor because the claimed power output of 536kW matches the output of the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (but not the Redeye), which uses the same mill.
Of course, when quizzed, executives from FCA vehemently denied plans to introduce a Hellcat-powered Grand Wagoneer. That raises another question: Is this real at all? While the documents uncovered are beyond reproach, there are several explanations as to why such a monster SUV would exist.
Firstly, FCA might have built a few prototypes back in 2017 for testing and evaluation purposes, and then ultimately decided against it. Alternatively, this could also just be a typo on ZF’s part and the car they’re referring to as the ‘Wagoneer Trackhawk’ is actually just a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with an updated engine, which will find its way to a facelifted showroom model in the near future. But our favourite theory is that Jeep’s decided that a manic Grand Wagoneer will find fans somewhere, and that a snarling three-row SUV is on its way.
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