We're shattered but not surprised.
An all-new generation Jeep Grand Cherokee will be on sale soon. The first-ever Grand Cherokee L three-row SUV has already been revealed and the two-row version should look awfully similar, only shortened. But the additional new body style isn't the only change expected for the WL platform-based SUV.
Mopar Insiders claims it's learned from Stellantis sources that plans have been scrapped for a second-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 will only be offered in the outgoing model. This is yet another sign the era of the Hellcat engine is coming to an end relatively soon. The reason is quite obvious: emissions standards.
With the newly formed Stellantis now running the show, the world's fourth-largest automaker intends to embark on a vast electrification plan for its worldwide lineup, including Jeep. The Wrangler 4Xe plug-in hybrid is only the beginning. Eventually, this will culminate in an all-electric SUV, but the new Grand Cherokee L will initially only be offered with two gasoline-powered engines: the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. A plug-in hybrid variant should arrive sometime next year.
However, just because the Hellcat V8 will be retired for use in the Grand Cherokee, this doesn't mean a new high-performance variant is out of the question. Jeep has several possible options to work with here, such as a new turbocharged inline-six with PHEV capability.
Both the 2023 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are also expected to receive the powerplant that's said to be capable of producing more power than the current 6.4-liter Hemi V8. And thanks to electrification, the new engine supposedly won't suffer from turbo lag. Output could reach 525 horsepower. That's still around 180 hp short of the Hellcat's 707 horses but the majority of owners don't use anywhere close to that amount on a regular basis. Bragging rights are one thing but real-world practicality, i.e. government-imposed emissions standards, are what's on automaker's minds these days.
Those still itching to own a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk ought to move fast because sources further indicate production will wrap up once and for all on November 20, 2021.