Overview and Highlights of the New Jeeps
With the next generation of Jeep vehicles coming out in the next couple years, there has been a lot of talk about the next vehicles to be introduced to the Jeep lineup. In 2017,2018 and 2019, there will be three new Jeep vehicles — the Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 707-horsepower Hellcat engine, and a Jeep pickup truck and a Jeep Grand Wagoneer, also known as a “Woody” are returning to the ring.
Jeep Grand Wagoneer “Woody”
Let’s start off with a blast from the past. Known as the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, this model’s production died off in the very early 90’s, 1991 to be exact, and it was assumed that it would forever rest with the fossils of our ancestors and the dinosaurs. However, in recent events, Jeep announced a new Wagoneer will take the stage with the next-gen Wrangler during the 2018 model-year.
There is talk that the 2018 Grand Wagoneer will be heading towards upper-luxury SUV territory, competing with the Land Rover and Mercedes SUVs.
This year, Jeep confirmed that the 2018 Grand Wagoneer will sport a similar platform and build to the 2017 Grand Cherokee. However, unlike its two-row counter-part, the Wagoneer will be bigger, with three rows, pushing it into that upper luxury land of the SUV market.
So far, the engine that will be used in this Jeep has been hush-hush, but there’s plenty of speculation. The 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine that is currently available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee should be powerful enough to lug the three-row Wagoneer around, but the 290-hp 2.3L Pentastar engine and the 360HP 5.7L V8 could also be engine options.
Jeep Grand Cherokee + SRT Hellcat engine = The Trackhawk?
A roaring SRT Hellcat engine will be added into the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup, and the new trim will blaze trails across the United States in the summer of next year. So far, it is unclear if an official name has been given to this new Grand Cherokee trim, but Trackhawk has been a name referred to by many publications. Unfortunately, the “Hellcat” name is synonymous with Dodge, so we might not see the name on any Jeep Grand Cherokee trims anytime soon.
This isn’t the first time Jeep has used an SRT Hellcat engine in a vehicle. This year at the Easter Jeep Safari, Jeep made a concept Jeep Wrangler with the same 707-horsepower supercharged V8 SRT Hellcat Wrangler and they called it the Wrangler Trailcat. Needless to say, the Trailcat captured the attention of speed demons world over, with reports of 0-60 in 3.5 seconds., imagine what they will think of a Grand Cherokee with that engine!
Jeep Grand Cherokee with an SRT Hellcat engine. VROOM VROOM!
A long time favorite vehicle for off-roading, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has the same skeleton as the Mercedes-Benz M-class and it isn’t expected to have any major structural changes.
The new SRT Hellcat engine will be an additional engine option and trim on the Grand Cherokee. The current SRT engine option on the Grand Cherokee offers drivers 470-horsepower, so the new SRT Hellcat engine option will provide a massive performance increase.
Wrangler Pickup Truck
Jeep has teased the truck enthusiasts for so long that people began to think the pickup truck rumors were just talk, until Jeep announced that a pickup truck will be added to its lineup in late 2018 or early 2019. The new vehicle will have some similarities to the next generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler, but there is not very much known about it. In fact, there is so much speculation, the closest one could say about it’s design is the original Jeep Gladiator concept shown above.
Pick-up truck with a Wrangler-like body.
At first-glance, many say it looks just like the same ol’ Wrangler Jeep has been waving for years. However, in an attempt to increase fuel economy, a lightweight aluminum construction might play a role in the bodywork of the next-gen Jeep Wrangler and its pickup truck variant. No other specifics have been released.
Depending on how many design aspects that the pickup shares with the next-generation Wrangler, a Pentastar V6 engine is a likely choice for the new pickup truck. However, there has been talk of Jeep utilizing a four-cylinder engine, but Jeep has also hinted at a future diesel engine option, so a torque-rich engine could be handy in a pickup truck.
As noted, Jeep has indicated that they hope to introduce a diesel powertrain option soon after the next-gen Wrangler makes its appearance in 2018. However, “soon after” could be closer to the early 2020’s. Additionally, Jeep has said that the company is looking to improve fuel economy with a lighter body, so there are also rumors of a pseudo-hybrid engine option coming down the road.
A lot will be happening in the next decade for Jeep, especially with the name entering foreign territory. What are you looking forward to? Let us know on social media.