The 2022 New York Auto Show is on the horizon, and with it is expected to be the introduction of the no longer secret twin-turbo inline-six engine, codenamed Tornado. It’s meant to replace the beloved Hemi V8 in some respects, and while it was originally rumored to debut in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, it could instead find itself first in the engine bay of the full-sized Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.
Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer Could Replace Hemi V8 Engine With Twin-Turbo Six
Recently, an interview with Jeep CEO Jim Morrison and the The Detroit Bureau, it was hinted that the Tornado twin-turbo engine could show face alongside the debut of extended wheelbase versions of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer at the 2022 New York Auto Show. This inference was made in response to the fuel economy of the giga SUVs.
Although, rarely do full-size SUV customers pay any mind to fuel economy. It’s only spoon-fed legacy auto media types who never actually buy new cars, and just got done driving a Prius press car for a week, that seem to make any fuss about it.
According to Morrison, the Wagoneer provides Jeep customers a single vehicle solution for well-to-do customers who want to be able to haul their families, their gear, and possibly tow something along the way.
We can personally attest, having driven a Jeep Wagoneer with a 5.7L Hemi V8 with eTorque filled to the brim with passengers, snow boards, luggage, and coolers hundreds of miles into Northern Michigan for a long weekend of spectating the annual SnoDrift Rally and an afternoon on the slopes of Boyne Mountain. It’s quite the carryall machine.
The 2022 New York Auto Show will take place April 15th to the 24th. So expect a lot more Stellantis Tornado engine news, and Jeep news just before the show kicks off.