Jeep Grand Cherokee No Longer Available With HEMI V8

Completely redesigned last year, the two-row Jeep Grand Cherokee initially returned for 2023 with an available 5.7-litre HEMI V8 (357 hp, 390 lb-ft.), but that didn’t last long as Jeep has quietly axed the option.

All 2023 Grand Cherokee models now come with the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 (293 hp, 257 lb-ft.), even the top-line Summit Reserve exceeding $80,000. In order to help drivers save 3.2 L/100 km, Jeep is sacrificing 64 hp and more importantly 133 lb-ft. of torque.

Those who insist on having the HEMI V8 must turn to the larger Grand Cherokee L in Overland, Summit or Summit Reserve trim and spend an extra $3,695. However, not all families need three rows of seats.  

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Alternatively, Jeep will direct Grand Cherokee customers looking for enhanced performance (and better fuel economy) to the 4xe plug-in hybrid variant, whose turbocharged four-cylinder engine pairs with an electric motor to deliver 375 hp and 470 lb-ft. of torque. A 17.3kWh battery feeds the latter and supplies up to 42 km of zero-emission range. In hybrid mode, average fuel consumption is rated at 10 L/100 km.

The problem is that the Grand Cherokee 4xe is approximately $10,000 more expensive than a conventionally powered model depending on the trim level. And unlike the Wrangler 4xe, it’s priced way out of EV rebate territory.  

Photo: Germain Goyer

By the way, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk can only be had with the plug-in hybrid powertrain now. As for towing, maximum capacity is limited at 6,000 pounds, whereas the 3.6-litre V6 and 5.7-litre V8 engines can tow up to 6,200 pounds and 7,200 pounds, respectively.

It remains to be seen if and when Stellantis’ new turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine known as “Hurricane” will join the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup. No official announcement has been made yet.  

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