The 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 will amalgamate the go-anywhere adequacy of a Jeep’s iconic off-roader with the balance of a V8 for the aboriginal time in decades. As air-conditioned as that is, we can’t advice but anticipate Jeep is missing out on a huge befalling to brace that 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter Hemi V8 with the Wrangler’s auto cousin, the Jeep Gladiator, in the anatomy of a Mojave 392.
Autoblog took allotment in a media Q&A affair with Jeep advanced of the Rubicon 392’s advertisement in which the company’s artefact higher-ups said that there are currently no official affairs to body a 392 alternative of the Gladiator pickup. But whether or not Jeep has plans, it absolutely has precedent, and from our perspective, a market.
Rewind to 2008, bigger accepted as one of the affliction accessible years to acquaint a gas-guzzling, V8-powered auto truck. Enter the 2009 Hummer H3T Alpha, the aboriginal alternative of Hummer’s midsize truck/SUV amalgam to be offered with a 5.3-liter V8. The 300-horsepower small-block was an advancement to the athletic but almost dull 3.7-liter inline-5 that the H3 calendar had affiliated from its midsize auto belvedere mates.
As our Jeremy Korzeniewski acclaimed in the Rubicon 392’s anterior piece, an open-top Jeep has not been offered with an alternative V8 for as continued as the “Wrangler” nameplate has existed. The aftermost Jeep 4×4 to do so was still a CJ, or noncombatant Jeep, and the 304 cubic-inch agent came from American Motors Corporation. Incidentally, this bearing of the Wrangler is additionally the aboriginal to be offered in a auto variant. Cue the beard-stroking.
Now, frankly, it’s not alike accidentally fair to analyze the H3T’s powertrain offerings to the decade-newer Gladiator’s, but the Hummer absolutely boasts a few advantages over Jeep’s avant-garde pickup. While best of the Jeep’s off-road specs accord it an edge, the Gladiator doesn’t appear abutting to the H3T’s 30.1-degree abandonment angle, for instance. And in added applied terms, the stubbier H3T has added maneuverability advantages.
The Gladiator has 3″ of wheelbase and 5″ of all-embracing breadth on the H3T, and a 22.4-foot axis ambit to appearance for it. The Hummer’s? Aloof 18.5′. This is all the continued way ’round to adage that admitting actuality 12 years old, the Hummer H3T is aloof as competent as any avant-garde off-road pickup, and amid those abilities and the bound run of the V8 Alpha model, charcoal awful approved and admired on the acclimated market.
Even FCA’s own artefact planners apperceive that barter buyers adulation V8s, plus, a barter bed makes an big-ticket toy a bit added practical. So, what could be bigger than a beginning booty on the midsize V8 off-road truck?