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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.

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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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Canoosa Events is organizing luxury multi-day road rallies.

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Canossa Events, a European luxury automotive touring provider, expanded to North America last year. This year, the company is launching several private, small group excursions on the East and West Coast of the U.S.

Beginning this autumn, guests of the tours will indulge in picturesque drives, one-of-a-kind gastronomy experiences, and luxury accommodations all curated with an eye toward beauty, elegance, taste and personalized service.

Highway 1 near Big Sur California's Highway 1 is a world famous grand touring destination. Photo by Getty Images

"We have longed to bring Canossa's version of la dolce vita to North America," says Canossa's Founder, Luigi Orlandini. "And in this current climate, we have the opportunity to deliver our experiences to our fans who are unable to leave North America. With Canossa Events North America, we will safely celebrate the freedom to drive, indulge in culinary delights, and soak in the beautiful sceneries among old and new friends."

The white glove service extends to the entire event and includes strict safety and social distancing guileless to "deliver a carefree and pleasant experience for guests".

Canossa Events North America is currently accepting reservations for its Fall Rallye New England, and will soon announce additional excursions, including:

  • Grand Tour of California - This excursion will highlight the coastal byways, wine country and farm-to-fork culture of California's Central Coast.
  • Rallye of Enchantment - Attendees will xplore some of America's most iconic landscapes of New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona and Utah.

The Fall Rallye lasts four days and three nights. It's limited to 25 cars and comes with a $9,900 price tag that is based on double occupancy. The event includes nights at New England's heralded Cliff House Maine hotel.

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Jeep has begun teasing its newest three-row SUVs.

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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer. It's wood-paneled sides, cavernous interior, go-anywhere capability. It was the bee's knees. Now those vintage models are a collector's item. Soon, it will be reborn.

A new teaser from Jeep simply states, "Grand" and the definition "magnificent or striking in appearance, size, or style". While AutomotiveMap is pretty sure that the teaser is for the return of the Grand Wagoneer, Jeep also has a redo of the Grand Cherokee and a few other things in its sights. Perhaps this is a BOGO (or three or four) teaser.

A Jeep product presentation for investors earlier this year detailed the forthcoming model rollout, including modifications to the plan due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It states that a new three-row Jeep E-Segment model is coming in the first quarter of 2021. Separately it lists the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer as coming in the second quarter of 2021 followed by the next-generation Grand Cherokee.

All the models are scheduled to have some level of electrification (product plans say PHEV, which would be on-par with the new PHEV Compass, Renegade, and Wrangler offerings) as well as an advanced level of autonomy (don't expect anything too revolutionary here) and connectivity.

The new Wagoneer full-size SUV that Jeep is debuting is expected to compete directly with the Chevrolet Suburban. The Suburban was redesigned for the 2021 model year and, in addition to a bevy of tech updates, the model has significantly expanded its third-row legroom.

Product plants show that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are different vehicles. Not much is known for sure about the two models, but rumors are rampant. One that seems to have sticking power is that the Grand Wagoneer will have finer appointments than the Wagoneer, which could be designed to be more off-road-ready.

The Grand Cherokee is going to be a two-row SUV built on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The most mysterious model is the three-row E-Segment model that Jeep has said is coming. E-Segment models are typically large, showy flagships - sometimes large cars, but other times wagons. Jeep has also said that an electrified version of the Wrangler is on the way. Does A +B = C? Only time will tell.

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