Is the Hemi Headed for Extinction?
Whenever an automaker announces changes in their lineup, especially changes that affect several models the idea that some aspects of those vehicles will no longer be offered becomes a reality. Most of the time the “out with the old, in with the new” concept is an answer to help improve the performance of that particular part of the car, no matter how much it was loved. One of the most loved aspects of the FCA lineup of Dodge, Ram and Jeep vehicles is the Hemi engine and what it means to those of us who want to enjoy the ride on the road.
The news of the deletion of the Hemi engine hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it seems this engine could easily be on its way out of the lineup in favor of smaller, more aggressive and more efficient models that will take its place. Right now the rumor mill has circled and informed some sources that FCA is building and storing the Hemi V8 engines to be used and/or sold in the future for the Dodge Chargers, Challengers, Durangos, Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram pickup trucks. The fact they are building large numbers of these engines to be stored is certainly an interesting idea that makes us wonder why they are doing this.
Regardless of the Hemi engines and the demise it may face, the 392 and Hellcat models are set to continue. This makes perfect sense since these two engines are the most popular in the Jeep and Dodge models that we love the most such as the Grand Cherokee, Durango, Charger and Challenger. All four of these models are being redesigned over the next several years to sit on the “G” platform that’s been created by Alfa Romeo and all four will have taken on this new architecture by 2021.
If these models are being built on a new platform then why is there a need to store the Hemi engines being built? One possibility is the leaders of FCA aren’t entirely sure which direction they’re going to go with these new models and they might want to be able to offer the Hemi engine in the future again. It will be interesting to see what FCA actually does with the Hemi engine and whether or not this is going to be a rumor that has no teeth to it or if they actually are going to take it out of the lineup.
Another possibility that has come up is an upgrade to the 5.7-liter engine. By adding turbocharging to this Hemi the output could come out near the 392 and give Dodge a way to have smaller engines in the muscle cars without losing the Hemi power and the SRT edge they love to enjoy. Over the next several years we’ll see what the plan comes to be and how FCA is planning to make their vehicles give us what we want to enjoy on the road for the future of driving.