Such a Tease

Is the Jeep Wrangler JL getting a HEMI? All signs point to yes

The Jeep Wrangler was teased on social media this week showing a possible HEMI under the hood.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

By "all signs point to yes" we mean "the one picture they shared shows that it's probably happening". The Jeep Wrangler could stand to have some upgrades but the top of the list is more power. In a teaser the company revealed what looks to be a Wrangler with a hood scoop with the number "392" on the side.

The 6.4-liter 392 HEMI V8 referenced by the number "392" is a power plant that first came to market in 2011 and currently delivers 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque in the 2020 Dodge Charger Scat Pack.

Those numbers are well above what the Wrangler currently offers. The 2020 Wrangler comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque Both engines can be optioned as a mild-hybrid.

Four-door Wrangler models are now available with Jeep's 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that is rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.

A eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with the 2.0-liter and available on the 3.6-liter gasoline-powered V6. A different eight-speed automatic transmission comes mated to the EcoDiesel V6. The 3.6-liter V6 comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission.

Jeep recently announced that the Gladiator will be sold with the same EcoDiesel V6 as the Wrangler for the 2021 model year. If Jeep is indeed adding a HEMI option for the Wrangler, it may only be a matter of time before that engine could be added to the truck lineup.

Also, a Wrangler plug-in is expected by the end of the year.

Whatever the teaser means, it's likely a pre-emptive strike against the inevitable comparisons between the forthcoming 2021 Ford Bronco and the Wrangler. AutomotiveMap will have a full compliment of articles featuring the models starting at 8 p.m. ET on Monday.

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Performance luxury SUV

The Cadillac Escalade-V starts at almost $150,000

The Escalade-V gets a $149,990 starting price

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Cadillac teased an ultra-powerful Escalade-V a while back, and now we have all the details. The 2023 SUV will feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, plenty of luxury, and a stout six-figure price tag.

The 2023 Escalade-V comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. It features a hand-built design and shares much of its underlying engineering with the CT5-V Blackwing. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and full-time active four-wheel drive.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VUnder the hood, there's a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.Cadillac

Cadillac gives every Escalade-V air ride adaptive suspension and magnetic ride control. The driver can customize the suspension and feel using the SUV's selectable driving modes. The system can also raise or lower the ride height by to .8 inches, and the SUV comes with a launch control system that helps it get off the line with explosive speed.

Inside, the Escalade-V builds on the top trim of the standard SUV with zebra wood accents, massaging front seats, and a heated steering wheel. It's got the same amazing tech, too, with a curved OLED display that runs the length of the dash, navigation, voice commands, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, an augmented reality navigation system, and a 36-speaker AKG Studio stereo. Cadillac Super Cruise is available.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VAn extended ESV variant is also available. Cadillac

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V goes on sale this summer. Starting pricing lands at $149,990, and Cadillac offers an extended-wheelbase ESV version of the high-performance SUV.

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American muscle cars

Ford Mustang continues sales dominance

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford has good reason to be proud of the Mustang. Now almost 60 years on from its introduction, Ford continues innovating with new versions and performance upgrades. It's all good news for buyers, as it's hard to find a "bad" Mustang in Ford's current catalog. The efforts have paid off, too, as the automaker just announced that the Mustang outsold its competition for the seventh year in a row.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Mustang continued outselling the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, and did so without help from the Shelby GT350, which was discontinued. The Mustang Mach 1, with its 5.0-liter V8, led the charge, but Ford notes the performance of its most powerful Mustang, the Shelby GT500.

Ford says Americans are the most prolific Mustang buyers, representing 76 percent of the car's worldwide sales. Mustang sales in New Zealand grew 54 percent and Brazil saw sales climb 37.3 percent, so the car is a global effort for Ford. The automaker notes that retail orders, where a customer places an order for a car instead of shopping for one off the lot, almost doubled last year.

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Photo courtesy of Ted Fontenot

The 2022 Mustang may mark the last year of the car's current generation. Spy photographers have caught next-generation cars testing in the wild, and the current-gen cars have been on sale since 2015. Ford also expanded the Mustang name in 2021 with the addition of the new electric Mustang Mach-E, which was met with huge demand and several awards from around the auto industry.

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