On sale date? “Late 2018.” Speaking to British publication AutoExpress at the Geneva Motor Show, CEO Mike Manley is adamant that the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer “will be sold in Europe” as well, which is great news considering that we’ve been promised a full-fledged Range Rover competitor. And now prepare to hear a pretty curious detail that’ll blow your mind!
The previously mentioned publication learned that the 2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer will likely “share a number of components” with the still-not-launched Maserati Levante performance-oriented luxury crossover SUV.
Let’s see how that pans out, V6 and V8 twin-turbo powerplants and all, but I want to tell you a story first. Did you know some Maserati V6 engine blocks are made by Chrysler in the United States? I’m not joking! 50 to 80 aluminum blocks are cast each day at the Kokomo, Indiana foundry, after which they are shipped to the Trenton Engine Complex. Here, Ferrari engineers supervise machining of the blocks.
What engines? The 3-liter twin-turbo V6 block is the culprit here, packing anything between 330 horsepower to 410 ponies. So fret not now, your future Jeep Grand Wagoneer will be a product of the Red, White and Blue first and foremost. And on that bombshell, here’s another one: chances are the naturally aspirated HEMI of the SRT-ized Grand Cherokee will be dead in the near future.
That leaves the next-gen Grand Cherokee and the Grand Wagoneer with only one V8 option: the Maserati Quattroporte’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo unit, which churns out 560 horsepower. On an ending note, diesel-hungry Europeans will most likely get a 3.0 V6 turbo diesel of the Maserati Ghibli for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee (due in 2017) and the much posher, platform-sharing 2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer.