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Jeep planning Hellcat-powered Grand Wagoneer?

by Ronan Glon
Jeep planning Hellcat-powered Grand Wagoneer?

It will share one component with the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

The Hellcat-ization of Fiat- Chrysler Automobile's line-up isn't over. Internal documents from ZF suggest Jeep will put the supercharged, 6.2-liter V8 engine under the hood of its upcoming Grand Wagoneer.

The document, which Road & Track recently uncovered, suggests the Grand Wagoneer will receive the WS internal designation. It lists a version of the SUV named Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk equipped with a 729-ps, 6.2-liter V8 engine. 729 ps converts to about 718 horsepower, which is almost on par with the 2019 Challenger Hellcat's output.

The model referred to in the document uses an upgraded version of ZF's eight-speed automatic transmission capable of handling large amounts of torque. This gearbox is already found in the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and, surprisingly, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

ZF's mention of a Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk doesn't guarantee we'll ever see the model. As Road & Track points out, the document might refer to a prototype, it might refer to an updated version of Grand Cherokee Trackhawk equipped with the 2019 Challenger Hellcat's engine, or it might simply be a typo.

FCA refused to comment on the report. We'll need to wait until Jeep introduces the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer to tell whether there's a Hellcat in either model's future. The latest reports point to a release date around 2020.