Just a few months again it was all a rumor. Now it’s confirmed: New Jeep Wagoneer patrons might be getting a break of their gasoline prices in the event that they buy one of many behemoths, as Jeep has axed the V8 from the Wagoneer lineup for 2024.
Gone are each the 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter Hemi V8s, the latter of which was reserved for the Grand Wagoneer fashions. The 5.7-liter engine made 392 horsepower whereas the 6.4 made 485 HP. Big engines in massive automobiles don’t equal good gasoline mileage, although. Buyers of the 5.7-equipped Wagoneers may anticipate to see 16 mpg metropolis/22 mpg freeway/18 mixed. The 6.4-liter V8 was one thing else – it acquired the worst gasoline mileage I’ve ever encountered in a car. While the EPA says it is best to anticipate to see 13 mpg metropolis/18 mpg freeway/15 mpg mixed, you possible gained’t see that in the actual world. I averaged simply 11.8 mpg in my testing of a Grand Wagoneer in 2022.
For 2024 the brand new engines ought to treatment that horrible gasoline mileage, not less than considerably. The customary engine for the Wagoneer is now Stellantis’ new Hurricane twin-turbo inline-six, which has 420 HP and 468 lb-ft of torque. This engine first debuted on the long-wheelbase Wagoneer L, the place it has been the one engine possibility. The Grand Wagoneer will get the high-output model of the identical engine with 510 HP and 500 lb-ft of torque.
Jeep says the brand new six-cylinder engines are as much as 15 p.c extra environment friendly than the outgoing V8s. EPA scores for the brand new engines present probably the most environment friendly Wagoneer might be two-wheel-drive fashions, with the usual Hurricane getting 17 metropolis/24 freeway/20 mpg mixed; subtract one mpg from every for four-wheel-drive Wagoneers. The Grand Wagoneer with the high-output Hurricane will get an identical mileage scores for the rear-drive vans. I’m nonetheless going to attend till I get some real-world driving in earlier than I imagine these determine.