Welcome Back: Jeep Introduces 2022 Grand Wagoneer Full Size SUV
The Body-on-Frame full-size SUV is Jeep's first full-size SUV in 30 years has been revealed in concept form, but a production model is coming soon.
The original Jeep Grand Wagoneer (which was known as the "SJ"), was a beloved vehicle by Jeep enthusiasts, and ever since the Jeep Grand Cherokee was introduced to "replace" it for the 1993 model year, Jeep enthusiasts have been longing for a successor to the Grand Wagoneer. It's been three decades, but Jeep has finally reintroduced the Grand Wagoneer into its lineup as its new flagship full-size SUV, replacing the midsize Grand Cherokee as the Brand's flagship vehicle. Unfortunately, as many had hoped, Jeep chose not to unveil a "Production-Ready" version of the Grand Wagoneer, but a concept vehicle that previews the production model that will reach Jeep dealerships in the Spring of 2021. However, even as a concept, Jeep has still given us a good look at its new Body-On-Frame full-size SUV. Read on to find out more about the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept. NOTE: Any and all pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination fee, but does NOT include any applicable taxes or other fees.
First, let's talk about the full-size SUV segment, which is a very popular segment in North America. The segment is currently dominated by the Chevrolet (Chevy) Suburban and Tahoe (and their mechanical twins, the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL), with the Ford Expedition and Expedition Max coming in at a close second, followed by full-size luxury SUV's such as the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV and the Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L. There's also a few entries from Japan, the Nissan Armada (which is also sold as the Nissan Patrol in the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM)), the Toyota Sequoia, the Toyota Land Cruiser, and three luxury Japanese entries, the Lexus GX460 and LX570 and the Infiniti QX80. With American families growing bigger, consumers are gravitating towards full-size SUV's for their cargo-carrying capabilities, comfortable interiors, and interior space. Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) hasn't offered a full-size SUV since the Dodge Ramcharger was discontinued in 1993, and the largest SUV the Company produces is the Dodge Durango midsize SUV. Now, for 2022, FCA will once again offer a full-size SUV.
While Jeep is expected to offer both Short (SWB) and Long (LWB) Wheelbase versions of the 2022 Grand Wagoneer, the concept vehicle that the Brand showed off is the SWB version that will compete with the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet (Chevy) Tahoe, and GMC Yukon, the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, the Infiniti QX80 and Nissan Armada, and the Lexus GX460 and Toyota Sequoia. Starting up front, the Grand Wagoneer features a chrome front grille with vertical chrome slats, which is flanked by full-LED front headlamps, chrome upper and lower Daytime Running Lamps (DRL's), and chrome front tow (recovery) hooks. There's no "Jeep" emblem on the hood of the Grand Wagoneer, although there are 'GRAND WAGONEER' emblems on the front doors that include an American Flag emblem to pay tribute to Jeep's military heritage. In fact, you'll find the only exterior 'Jeep' emblem on the rear liftgate, as 'GRAND WAGONEER' emblems adorn the aluminum-alloy wheel center caps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and front doors. Moving onto the sides of the vehicle, Jeep's styling trait of using trapezoidal front and rear wheel arches carries onto the Grand Wagoneer, and there are side-mounted chrome roof rails that can accomodate optional MOPAR roof racks. Unfortunately to the disappointment of many Jeep enthusiasts, Jeep won't be offering woodgrain (even faux woodgrain) appliques on the Grand Wagoneer, but the Brand has hidden faux Teak accents in both front headlamps, as well as in the chrome side roof rails (unfortunately, these details are unlikely to make it onto the production Grand Wagoneer). The Grand Wagoneer Concept rides on twenty-four inch (24") tires and aluminum-alloy wheels in a "Carbon" finish with 3D-printed accents, although slightly smaller tires wheels with diameters of eighteen inches (18") to twenty-two inches (22"), and without the 3D-printed accents, will be offered on the production model (the wheels also feature the 'WAGONEER' insignia on the wheel center caps, which may be replaced by an engraved 'Jeep' emblem on the production Grand Wagoneer). The Grand Wagoneer Concept also features two non-functional side vents on its front fenders. Out back, a single LED rear tail lamp bar is integrated into the power rear liftgate, and there are LED reflector lamps integrated into the lower rear fascia. Finally, to top it all off, there's Jeep's Command-View multi-pane panoramic moonroof, which (at least on the concept version) features a silhouette of a topographical map of the City of Detroit, Michigan, paying homage to the Motor City.
Stepping inside the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, you'll find an ultra-luxurious interior that includes "Eco-Friendly" materials (at least on the concept version, the production Grand Wagoneer is expected to offer full luxury leather seat trim on most trim levels). Even though there's no genuine (or fake) wood on the exterior of the Grand Wagoneer, Jeep has made sure to include genuine wood trim throughout the vehicle's interior. As you open either front door, you'll see an engraved silhouette of the Grand Wagoneer on the vehicle's instrument panel end caps, along with 'SINCE 1963' engravings, paying tribute to the Wagoneer's first year of production in 1963. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is a two-spoke unit, which was also featured in the 1991 Grand Wagoneer "Final Edition" model. One other thing that you'll notice about the Grand Wagoneer's interior is that it features an abundance of screens in all rows aside from the third row of rear seating. There's a full twelve-inch (12") Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) reconfigurable instrument cluster display that faces the driver, while another twelve-inch (12") touchscreen display features FCA's latest U Connect 5 operating system (OS). There's also the first application of a front passenger display screen, and a 10.25-inch (10.25") touchscreen display below the larger twelve-inch (12") infotainment system display that's dedicated to the Grand Wagoneer's HVAC and seat settings. In the second row of rear seats, there are two ten-inch (10") touchscreen displays integrated into the backs of the front seat headrests, so that kids can enjoy their choice of entertainment, and yet another 10.25-inch (10.25") touchscreen display is integrated into the back of the front seat center floor console that allows second-row rear seat passengers to adjust their individual climate and seat settings. Speaking of infotainment, Jeep has partnered with high-end audio manufacturer McIntosh to develop a high-end ultra-premium surround-sound audio system for the Grand Wagoneer, which features 23 total speakers, and louvered genuine aluminum speaker grilles. For the interior controls that use knobs for adjustment, there are knurled-accented knobs (including for the rotary transmission shifter located in the front center console). Finally, a full suite of driver assistance technologies will (of course) come as standard equipment on all Grand Wagoneer models.
Jeep isn't saying much about what will power the production 2022 Grand Wagoneer, although the Brand did say that the Grand Wagoneer Concept is powered by a "Hybrid Powertrain". While a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is expected, Jeep is also expected to offer a Twin-Turbocharged Inline Six-Cylinder (I6) gasoline engine, the 3.0L EcoDiesel Turbocharged Diesel V6 engine (producing 260 horsepower and 442 lb. ft. of torque), a naturally-aspirated 3.6L Pentastar V6 gasoline engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and the "eTorque" Mild Hybrid system (producing 305 horsepower and 262 lb. ft. of torque), and a naturally-aspirated 5.7L HEMI Multi Displacement System (MDS) V8 gasoline engine producing 390 horsepower and 420 lb. ft. of torque, also featuring the "eTorque" Mild Hybrid system. Jeep may also offer SRT and SRT Trackhawk versions of the Grand Wagoneer with more powerful engines down the road. The transmission for all Grand Wagoneer engines is expected to be the ZF-derived "8HP" eight-speed automatic transmission. Two-Wheel-Drive (4X2) and Four-Wheel-Drive (4WD) versions are expected to be available as well, with multiple 4WD systems to choose from, featuring the Selec-Terrain system on all of them. The production 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer will share a platform with the RAM 1500 ("DT") that debuted for the 2019 model year, and the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan will be retooled to produce the all-new vehicle. Jeep has said that pricing for the 2022 Grand Wagoneer is expected to start at "Around $60,000", and climb to "Around $100,000" when fully-equipped, which is right in line with other full-sized, Body-On-Frame SUV's in its class. The production 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer will reach Jeep dealerships nationwide in the Spring of 2021. What do you think of the all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer? Let us know in the comments down below, and stay tuned right here for more information as it becomes available!