New 3.0-L Inline-Six Engine Reportedly Coming to Jeep Vehicles
A different kind of new beginning is in store for the Jeep brand. It appears that the brand’s parent company, Stellantis, is working on a replacement engine for its current V8. Late last year (2021), some publications reported that Stellantis was working on what’s internally referred to as the GME T6, a new 3.0-liter inline-six engine. GME T6 stands for Global Medium Engine Turbocharged 6, and the engine’s destined to slot beneath the hood of future models that’ll use the new Stellantis Global medium platform.
While there has been no official confirmation from Stellantis thus far, the Global medium platform is rumored to underpin the next Dodge Charger, Challenger, several Jeep crossovers, and even Ram trucks. There’s a very good chance the HEMI’s days are numbered given this new GME T6 is coming in hot as a replacement. Publication Autoblog recently spoke to Jeep brand chief Jim Morrison at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show and brought up the topic. Morrison steered clear from divulging any specific details, and he instead offered his very own question in return: “Are you coming to New York?” he asked the journalists.
If we had to guess, Morrison is referring to the recently-confirmed 2022 New York Auto Show; the show’s making its return after a three-year absence. Scheduled for April 2022, Morrison hinted at the fact that Jeep has something up its sleeve for the upcoming show. Now it begs the question: exactly which Jeep model currently powered by a HEMI V8 will be the one to showcase the new power plant? For the time being Jeep offers the HEMI engine beneath the hoods of the Grand Cherokee, Wagoneer, and Grand Wagoneer.
There’s a strong possibility the all-new GME T6 will eventually appear on these above-mentioned models, however, many journalists are leaning to the Grand Cherokee as the model that’ll help make the grand introduction. Improved fuel efficiency on the Grand Cherokee would make a compelling case for the already-successful SUV at launch. Additionally, not only is the Grand Cherokee a staple in the SUV segment, it also has a lower and more affordable starting MSRP than the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer lineups.
While engine figures will be hard to come by until the GME T6 is launched, the current 5.7-liter HEMI generates 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. The HEMI’s replacement must fall within the same output range, but it’s true claim to fame will be improved efficiency. Additionally, the GME T6 will officially be the last combustion engine from Stellantis prior to its complete shift to electrification, programmed for completion within the next decade or so.
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