Years ago, Allpar broke the news of a new inline six-cylinder planned for trucks and coded “Tornado,” after the plane—though there was a Jeep Tornado engine. Nobody at Stellantis has gone on record about the new straight-six engine until very recently, though the turbocharged “Tornado” six was briefly listed in the company’s list of plants. As Stellpower had already reported weeks earlier, the engine was listed as being made in Saltillo, currently home of every Hemi V8.
Autoblog reported today that the GME T6 will likely be coming to the New York Auto Show, under the hood of the Grand Cherokee. This is based on a media event where their reporter asked Jim Morrison, head of Jeep, about the engine, and Morrison asked them, “Are you coming to New York?” It’s a good hint.
The new inline six-cylinder engine will have standard and high output versions. It is slated for every vehicle now sporting the 5.7 Hemi—the Ram 1500, Wrangler, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, and Wagoneer, joining the Dodge Challenger when, in 2023 or 2024, a new generation hits the streets.
The GME T6 will likely exceed Hemi peak output (395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet), but that’s not as important as one would think, since it will reach peak torque earlier and maintain it longer, providing stronger acceleration than the normally aspirated V8. Based on 4xe acceleration in the Jeep Wrangler, a hybrid version of the T6 could outrun the 392 and perhaps challenge, if not match, the original Hellcats. More on the GME T6 “Tornado”…