In an effort to steal some of the limelight away from the upcoming Ford Bronco, Jeep has posted a shadowy photo hinting at a new V8 model.
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Jeep could be about to launch a V8 Wrangler or Gladiator.

Only a few days before Ford reveals its new line of Bronco models – a sub-brand launched by Ford to compete directly with Jeep – a shadowy, stylised picture has been posted on Jeep's Instagram account with the number '392' on the bonnet.

In cubic inches, 392 refers to the 6.4-litre HEMI V8 engine found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

The number 392 is not immediately clear in the photo, but becomes more visible as picture settings are adjusted (see below).

The photo also shows a more prominent bonnet bulge than is typically seen on the Jeep Wrangler off-roader or Gladiator ute, which has the hint of a bonnet scoop at the front.

As both the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator share identical front-ends, it's impossible to know at this stage on which of the two models the 392 badge appears.

The 6.4-litre HEMI V8 in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT produces 344kW and 624Nm, propelling the SUV from 0 to 100km/h in a claimed 4.9 seconds. The Grand Cherokee SRT weighs 2289kg compared to the Gladiator Rubicon's 2290kg.

There are a number of companies in the United States offering Hemi V8 conversions for Wranglers and Gladiators, and we even saw Mopar – Chrysler-Jeep's parts arm – build its own V8 Wrangler back in 2007.

Let us know in the comments below if you'd like Jeep to build a V8 Wrangler or a V8 Gladiator – or both.