Report: Jeep® Grand Cherokee To Gain New Powertrain For 2025

A Slight Refresh Is Expected As Well...

Stellantis has been overhauling its engine offerings across its brand portfolios in response to increasingly stringent Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations. According to our sources, the 2025 Jeep® Grand Cherokee’s powertrain is slated to receive significant updates.

A Shift Toward Efficiency – 

Since its introduction, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been synonymous with rugged capability and power. The Grand Cherokee L model, a three-row variant introduced in the 2021 model year, offered a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and a more robust 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine. Following its debut, the 2022 model year saw the introduction of a two-row version, which included the 2.0 turbocharged 4-cylinder 4xe plug-in hybrid (PHEV) alongside the Pentastar and HEMI. I had the chance to spend a week with a WL Grand Cherokee with the 5.7-liter HEMI, but unfortunately, the HEMI V8 option was phased out last year from the two-row models.

For the upcoming 2025 model year, Jeep plans to dramatically change the Grand Cherokee’s powertrain lineup. Insider sources report that the Grand Cherokee and its larger sibling, the Grand Cherokee L, will feature an updated version of the corporate 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine will replace the larger HEMI V8 and the Pentastar V6 across the board.

2024 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Summit 4×4. (Jeep).

Streamlined Powertrain Options –

The introduction of the 2.0-liter turbo engine aims to streamline and simplify the Grand Cherokee’s powertrain offerings. The Grand Cherokee L will exclusively feature this new engine, eliminating other engine options. Meanwhile, the standard Grand Cherokee will offer the same 2.0-liter turbo but will continue providing a 4xe PHEV version.

2024 Grand Cherokee L Grand Cherokee
4xe PHEV  
3.6 Pentastar
5.7 HEMI®  
2025 Grand Cherokee L Grand Cherokee
4xe PHEV  
2.0 Turbo 4

Competitive Analysis –

In the realm of midsize SUVs, the Grand Cherokee’s main rival, the Ford Explorer, boasts a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo engine, which is standard in most trims. This engine produces 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Stellantis is likely aiming to surpass these figures with its updated 2.0-liter turbo to maintain its competitive edge. For comparison, the current 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 in the Grand Cherokee delivers 293 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. the current 2.0 turbo 4 in the Wrangler makes 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four-cylinder. (Jeep).

Conclusion –

2024 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve. (Jeep).

Stellantis’s strategy reflects a broader industry trend towards smaller, more efficient engines that still meet consumer expectations for power and performance. The 2025 Jeep Grand Cherokee looks to be up next, promising enhanced fuel efficiency without compromising the performance drivers expect from the Jeep brand.

Stay tuned to MoparInsiders for more information on the 2025 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup as it becomes available. 

Jared Balfour

Jared founded MoparInsiders and is a 41-year-old automotive enthusiast from Vancouver, British Columbia. He took an interest in cars at a very young age and has been interested in them ever since. His hobbies include photography, videography, drag racing, and auto detailing. He currently owns and drives a 2023 Audi RS6, a 2024 GMC Sierra, and a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

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This engine must be a full hybrid because it's going to struggle to move something as big as the Grand Cherokee. The 3.6L struggles to move the GC to 60 mph, so there must be giant fuel economy advantage. Considering the 3.6L is good to tow up to 6200 lbs, how would they compensate for that? They maybe talking about the Cherokee KM replacement when it comes to this engine versus the Grand Cherokee, as it wouldn't make any sense. Lastly, if the S.O I6 improves the Wagoneer's performance and fuel economy, why aren't they using it in the GC?

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So replacing the Hemi with a 2 liter 4. That makes no sense in these heavy vehicles. Turbo or not, it is still a tiny engine for an over 4000lb car. I'm sure the gas mileage will suffer big time under load or in hill climbing. The Hurricane should be offered along with the 3.6. The decisions coming out of Stellantis these days are mind boggling.

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I get that Ford has the 2.3L Ecoboost in the explorer and it is a decent enough engine in itself and it works for the average Explorer owner being the fact that most people who own these types of vehicles don't use them to their full potential anyway. I could see the new 2.0L replacing the 3.6L V6 but not really replacing the 5.7L Hemi. Now the 4Xe powertrain definitely has what it takes to replace them Hemi as it makes nearly the same horsepower with torque rivaling the 6.4L V8 so that makes more sense to me. IDK that's just my thoughts.

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Are you kidding me? Has Stellantis gone nuts, no Hurricane six in a Grand Cherokee. The main reason I chose a Jeep Cherokee over an Alfa Romeo Stelvio was that turbo four that groaned and just did not meet the smoothness of the Pentastar V-6 in my opinion. My timeline for replacing my Cherokee was late 2025 with the updated Grand Cherokee or Cherokee. If neither gets the Hurricane, I’m out. Crazy nuts thinking still going on at headquarters it seems. Check electrics piling up in dealers lots on that brain trust decision making record. .
Absolutely, I’m certain, most buyers of the Grand Cherokee will walk away from that SUV without at least a six cylinder option in such a large vehicle. Hopefully this information is wrong, or someone is kidding us. Ha, ha ha! If not, Jeep will regret the decision, big time.

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Looks like I’m done buying Grand Cherokees.

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