It’s 2018, and the Jeep Grand Wagoneer still has yet to make its first appearance for the North American market, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know a thing or two about Jeep’s forthcoming large SUV. For instance, we know that it will be positioned as a “super premium” product, in the works of brand chief Mike Manley, with true body-on-frame construction instead of the unibody construction utilized by most modern utility vehicles.
And now, there are indicators that FCA’s supercharged “Hellcat” V8 could make its way into some version of the forthcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
Writing for Road & Track, journalist and tuner Bozi Tatarevic revealed this week that some internal documents from German automotive supplier ZF bore mention of a “Jeep Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk” with a 6.2L V8 rated at 729 PS of power output. That equates to about 718 horsepower – or one more than the factory power rating for the latest Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The documents also specified for the Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk a high-torque variant of ZF’s eight-speed automatic, labeled “ZF-8HP95X”, lending further credence to the understanding that the new Trackhawk model will have beaucoup performance capability.
Now, before we break out the bubbly, Tatarevic has noted a couple of possible explanations for these ZF document details that wouldn’t necessarily result in Jeep bringing out a 717-horsepower version of its new three-row SUV. It could be the case that FCA built a few Hellcat-equipped Jeep Grand Wagoneer prototypes for testing before deciding to can the project, for example, or the mention of the Grand Wagoneer could be a typographical error; perhaps ZF’s engineers meant to list the 8HP transmission for the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which is a vehicle that definitely already exists.
Still, it’s entirely possible that a 717-horsepower Jeep Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk will indeed reach production – a prospect that has us all sorts of excited. We’ll know for sure within the coming months, as Fiat Chrysler readies the “super premium” SUV for a proper North American introduction prior to its expected launch next year.