Jeep seems to be producing new vehicles as fast as they can build them! And the iconic Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which has been absent for close to 30 years, is the next release we are watching for.
Highlights from the press release are focused on luxury and sophistication:
Ultimate Premium SUV Redefined With New Grand Wagoneer Concept
- Rooted in Jeep® brand heritage, Wagoneer will become a portfolio of vehicles that redefines “American Premium” and delivers a unique customer experience
- Wagoneer will deliver capable, innovative, authentic vehicles with premium design cues and technology to a new, distinctive and more affluent array of customers
- Sophisticated and authentic Wagoneer portfolio expands reach into large SUV and premium space, extending well beyond current Jeep lineup
- Packed with ultra-premium, leading-edge features and technology, new Grand Wagoneer Concept exudes American craftsmanship and heritage
- Stunning exterior design and spacious, upscale, ultra-comfortable interior of Grand Wagoneer Concept provide vision of what production vehicle could be
- Grand Wagoneer Concept is a modern expression of the original, ultimate, premium SUV
- Sustainable materials are incorporated throughout the premium interior
- Grand Wagoneer Concept includes an advanced electric-vehicle powertrain, hinting at sophisticated, fun-to-drive, on- and off-road performance, leading 4×4 capability and a zero-emission, near-silent driving experience
- Born in America in 1962, Wagoneer evolved to Grand Wagoneer for 1984, boasting then-unheard-of standard features in an SUV
- Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer production vehicles to be built in metro Detroit next year
Jeep president Christian Meunier, speaking with Car & Driver, and reported by CarBuzz, fully loaded, we can expect the luxury Jeep Grand Wagoneer to cost over $100,000 according to Meunier. If that’s too steep for your budget, the regular, less opulent Wagoneer is expected to start at around $60,000. This broad price range will enable Jeep to use the Wagoneer to compete with the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe, as well as more premium luxury SUVs such as the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.
For comparison, a fully loaded 2021 Cadillac Escalade will set you back around $120,000, so the Grand Wagoneer should undercut the Escalade. When they enter production, you’ll be able to configure the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer with a short- or long-wheelbase, like the Escalade as well.
Born in America in 1962 for the 1963 model year, Wagoneer was the first four-wheel-drive vehicle mated to an automatic transmission, pioneering the first modern SUV. The 1984 Grand Wagoneer marked the beginning of the premium SUV, giving buyers an unheard-of combination of standard features, such as leather upholstery, air conditioning, AM/FM/CB stereo radios and added sound insulation, with a dramatic increase in horsepower and torque.
Always at the forefront was a beautifully crafted, stately design that exuded class, elegance and a premium feel. That formula continues with the new Grand Wagoneer Concept.
“The original Grand Wagoneer was the first premium SUV, and its timeless design combined with the soul of Americana helped it achieve an iconic place in many hearts,” said Ralph Gilles, head of design – FCA. “The Grand Wagoneer Concept is inspired by the original, but with a modern interpretation of luxury and freedom. We strived to create an elegant design with a timeless silhouette, featuring countless beautifully crafted details that come together to give it an undeniable presence.
“The Grand Wagoneer Concept’s interior is spacious and features premium materials that accentuate our team’s obsession to detail and celebrates American craftsmanship,” Gilles added. “A full digital cockpit takes advantage of leading technologies that are beautifully presented with expansive and easy-to-use screens and limited buttons, allowing the focus to be placed on a pleasant and intuitive experience for the driver and passengers.”
A technology-rich interior for drivers and passengers alike
Nearly 45 inches of total screen span the length of the instrument panel: a 12.3-inch driver information display behind the steering wheel, a 12.1-inch horizontal touchscreen serves as the main display screen in the center console, with a 10.25-inch horizontal comfort display touchscreen below, separated by the structural aluminum wing that controls the seats and the four-zone climate control. Additionally, a 10.25-inch passenger screen provides the front passenger with dynamic touchscreen control at their fingertips.
Second-row passengers have 30 inches of total screen space at their disposal with a 10.1-inch comfort display screen housed on the center console located between the two captain’s chairs. Each second-row passenger also has access to their own 10.1-inch entertainment touchscreen.
The technology-rich interior is powered by FCA’s all-new Uconnect 5 system, which delivers operating speeds that are five times faster when compared to the previous generation. Uconnect 5 is more connected, helpful, content rich and adds greater personalization, making it the most advanced Uconnect system ever. Additionally, Uconnect 5’s Android operating system lays a foundation, bringing access to a broad catalog of applications to answer the rapidly developing demand for an improved user experience (UX).
The Grand Wagoneer Concept is the only vehicle audio system in the world powered by McIntosh – another classic American luxury brand known for offering distinguished home audio systems that deliver the ultimate experience in music and film. The Grand Wagoneer Concept’s McIntosh audio system features 23 custom-designed speakers connected to a 24-channel amplifier that provides an immersive audio experience. The audio elements are designed in aluminum and gloss black, true to the design aesthetic of McIntosh’s high-end home audio systems.
We definitely agree with FCA that the stunning and sophisticated Grand Wagoneer Concept’s debut instantly positions the storied Wagoneer name as a premium extension of the Jeep® brand. Wagoneer will define “American Premium” while delivering a unique and unprecedented customer experience. Will folks pony up the $100k to own this premium SUV? Time will tell…