As Jeep readies the new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer for a splashy reveal, the cat seems to have slipped out of the bag. That cat, of course, is the Hellcat V-8. It seems Fiat Chrysler Automobiles really does want to Hellcat as many models as possible and the Grand Wagoneer is on that list.
This rumor is based on some factual information, not just wild imaginations. As Road & Track pointed out, leaked documents from ZF, a German powertrain component supplier, refer to a Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk. That seems to be a pretty clear indication of what FCA has up its sleeve.
Of course, FCA is denying that it’s hiding anything, which means you’ll probably be able to haul the kiddos to soccer practice quickly with your very own Jeep luxury barge. There’s some room for alternative explanations, like some prototypes that used the Hellcat engine but have been scrapped. Automakers sometimes “leak” inaccurate documents just to see how everyone reacts, so perhaps we’re dealing with that.
Already, the word on the street is that the Grand Wagoneer will have a price tag that’s dangerously close to the Range Rover. Stuffing such an engine in the SUV would skyrocket the MSRP, and long lines to grab one would pump up prices further.
Hopefully the Jeep Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk is real. We need more three-row SUVs with over 700 horsepower, because accelerating quickly with all your Costco purchases is a top priority.