This Wood-panelled 2021 Wagoneer is a throwback design worth witnessing
Abimelec Design has indulged our deepest wood-panelled desires with the new Wagoneer and it looks fantastic!
As you'll have no doubt noticed, the design of the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer (and by extension the design for the smaller Wagoneer) was unveiled very recently. Whilst it's a great-looking design that fits in with the current Jeep design language very well, I can't help but notice that it has a rather obvious lack of a certain design element that many of us associate with the original Wagoneer; wood panelling. A Wagoneer without an option for wood panelling of any kind is almost sacrilege if I'm being honest. That's why I was very happy when Abimelec Design decided to give us exactly what many enthusiasts have been clamouring for and that's a 2022 Grand Wagoneer with wood panelling!
Whilst the woody trim definitely wouldn't be popular with everyone if it was offered as an option on the 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, it's definitely something that the proper Jeep enthusiasts would welcome with open arms! Whilst it likely wouldn't be real wood or even solid fake wood panelling due to manufacturing issues that would arise and the leaps and bounds wrapping technology has come on in recent years, as the render that Abimelec Design has produced shows it would still look brilliant if it was integrated properly into the latest Grand Wagoneer's design. If Jeep doesn't offer it as an option itself, you can bet that some owner somewhere will do it themselves!
Whilst the new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer don't have woody trim on the outside, the inside does have a huge amount of heat-treated lacewood on the instrument panel and the front doors. This combined with the huge infotainment screens on the dashboard and the modern Jeep switchgear provides a great mix of classic Wagoneer-isms with up to date technology and convenience on the inside. That's something that seems to be the big focus of the 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer's design. In many respects it's a traditional slab-sided SUV design, but it's one that has plenty of distinctive modern features to bring it in line with other Jeep SUVs as well as its rivals.
The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will go on sale next year and be powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain, although other details on what that powertrain will be exactly are scant. With a plug-in hybrid system seemingly being the only powertrain option, that does open up the potential for it being allowed to be sold in the UK and Europe like with the plug-in hybrid version of the Ford Explorer. There hasn't been a big 7 seater Jeep option on the other side of the Atlantic since the Commander, so if the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are genuinely great people-carrying SUVs it could really shake up the market there! That's something that, like quite a few details about Jeeps latest big model, we'll just have to wait and see about.