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Jeep will make its V-8 Wrangler for another year

Luke Ramseth, The Detroit News on

Published in Business News

Jeep says it's bringing back its Wrangler SUV that has a V-8 Hemi under the hood for another year, even as it phases out the big gas-guzzling engines in other models amid the electric vehicle transition.

The Stellantis NV brand initially said in March it was ending production of the Wrangler 392 with a 2024 Final Edition. Now it says it will continue on with a 2025 model of the quickest and most powerful Wrangler, thanks to popular demand. The 2025 will also be called the Final Edition.

“When news broke in March that Jeep Wrangler 392 was roaring off into the sunset, the comments, coverage and conversation showed us that the Jeep community isn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the V-8-powered Wrangler,” Bill Peffer, senior vice president and head of the Jeep brand in North America, said in a statement.

The Wrangler 392's 6.4-liter V-8 has 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, and lists a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, as well as a number of off-road enthusiast features. Jeep didn't offer pricing for the 2025 model, but the 2024's price is $101,890 including shipping.

Jeep said production will start early next year and orders will open later in 2024.

 

Stellantis is steadily phasing out V-8s amid its electric shift and stricter emissions regulations, including on such well-known vehicles as the Ram 1500 and next-generation Dodge Charger.

Besides the Wrangler 392, other versions of the iconic off-road vehicle include the 3.6-liter V6-powered Sport starting at $31,995 for a two-door model, the four-door Sport S available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine starting at $40,690, and the four-door Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid starting at $50,695.

While Stellantis has faced declining U.S. sales recently, the Wrangler has been a positive for the transatlantic automaker, with sales increasing 1% in the first quarter of this year.


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