With its 2022 Grand Wagoneer, Jeep is challenging the luxury SUV foundation in a manner it’s never attempted before. Revealed in production form on Thursday, this three-row hauler has the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator locked its sights, and ambitiously, offerings from BMW, Land Rover, and Mercedes-Benz are in its look, as well.
Jeep, the off-road-focused division of Stellantis (née FCA), is quick to kick off something new and increase the expectation of complexity for American vehicles – all the more explicitly, SUVs. To do this, the Grand Wagoneer vows to set another bar for craftsmanship while delivering a best-in-class customer experience.
Jeep is going super-premium with the Grand Wagoneer. Indeed, its cabin looks just as pleasant as what you get in other three-row luxury SUVs nowadays, and now and in some cases, it very well might be better. While talking during a media backgrounder, Morrison likewise uncovered his trust in the Grand Wagoneer’s luxury credentials.
He said, “This is the best interior in the market right now,” and he didn’t qualify that statement with any caveats like “for an American company” or “in this vehicle’s segment.” He implies it has the best cabin in the automotive industry, which sounds hyperbolic, and it is, however not however much you may think.
After a short first look, the Grand Wagoneer seems to deliver. Alongside an attractive dashboard design, it has acres of land of buttery-soft Nappa or even nicer Palermo leather, miles of difference stitching, and a metal gear selector. Walnut wood furnishings give luxury while the vent surrounds and some of the speaker grilles are made of aluminum. Indeed, even the engine-start button got special consideration, including French stitching and carved wood or metal accents.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer targets Cadillac and Lincoln
This current vehicle’s initial two rows of seats offer heating and ventilation for year-round comfort. The driver and front traveler are treated to receive 24-way power chairs with door-mounted controls. Instead of branded sill plates, an enlightened Grand Wagoneer placard is fitted to the sides of the front seats’ lower cushions where the switches would normally go. Four-zone climate control, adjustable pedals, and a retro-inspired two-spoke steering wheel are other pleasant touches.
Alongside loads of luxury, there’s no deficiency of space in this SUV. Both this and the more plebian Wagoneer guarantee best-in-class headroom and legroom in the second-and third-row seats. They ought to likewise give segment-leading cargo space behind the third row and have the most minimal lift-over height in the large-SUV segment.
With regards to circuits and software, the Grand Wagoner offers plenty. This upscale family-hauler can be kitted out with up to seven screens. Seven! This incorporates a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster; the 12-inch touch-enabled dashboard display, home to the vehicle’s Uconnect 5 infotainment system, which supports wireless Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto; the climate controls are housed on a different 10.3-inch screen; there’s an optional 10.3-inch traveler side dashboard display with a special coating so the driver can’t see it and get distracted while, you know, driving; and the second-row can be had with up to three different screens, two 10.1-inch units for entertainment and another 10.3-inch climate-control display. Gracious, and if that is sufficiently not, a 10-inch, full-color head-up display is additionally offered.
Beyond all that, the Grand Wagoneer accompanies parking sensors and night vision, in addition to it very well may be fitted with a high-end McIntosh sound system with either 19 or 23 speakers. It will even launch with Active Driving Assist (adaptive cruise control with lane-centering) however Hands-Free Driving Assist comes later this year, which ought to work a lot like GM’s superb Super Cruise system.
Another norm or accessible security tech incorporates a digital rear-view mirror, traffic-sign recognition, a 360-degree camera system, and all the driver helps you’d expect, things like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
There’s a great deal to love about the Grand Wagoneer’s cabin, however, you might not have a similar affection for its exterior, which is almost indistinguishable from the concept that was uncovered before the end of last year. The body is long and maybe a skosh excessively tall, something that without a doubt adds to its spacious interior. This three-row SUV likewise includes enormous, U-shaped windows that ought to give great outward visibility, actually like the original Wagoneer that left production in 1991.
The grille is not quite the same as the standard Wagoneer’s, with a unique finish and design. Likewise, the Wagoneer wordmark is illuminated on the actual grille instead of the hood’s leading edge. Grand Wagoneers additionally feature black roofs for a particular look and move on one or the other 20-or 22-inch wheels.
The design of these two upscale SUVs are very similar, and further complicating ID, they’re a similar size. Both rolls on a 123.0-inch wheelbase are 214.7 inches from bumper to bumper. This makes the Grand Wagoneer something of a ‘tweener, around 5 inches longer than a standard-size Lincoln Navigator and around 7 inches more limited than the prolonged Navigator L. To more readily rival rivals, Jeep will offer long-wheelbase versions of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, however, insights concerning these vehicles have not been released.
Under its chest-high hood, the Grand Wagoneer features a large-displacement V8, a 6.4-liter unit that delivers 471 pull and 455 pound-feet of torque. Dissimilar to the more standard Wagoneer, with its more modest 5.7-liter Hemi, this engine isn’t augmented by an eTorque mild-hybrid system. It is, nonetheless, bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission. With a standard 3.92 axle ratio this SUV ought to have the option to speed up to 60 mph in 6 seconds flat, a more-than-respectable performance figure.
Actually like an Escalade or Navigator, the Grand Wagoneer highlights body-on-frame construction, where the chassis is isolated from the traveler compartment of the vehicle. Made of various grades of steel for added strength and decreased weight, its completely boxed frame looks totally huge and fundamentally the same as the Ram 1500 pickup’s underpinnings, however, the two structures as far as anyone knows share barely anything.
The frame’s front hardpoints are unique, the Grand Wagoneer features an independent rear suspension for a properly luxurious ride and it even accompanies an integrated Class 4 hitch for a most extreme tow rating of as much as 9,850 pounds. The frame’s low, flat design at the back adds to the Grand Wagoneer’s generous interior space.
Even though it isn’t Trail Rated like different Jeeps, likely because it’s so gargantuan, the Grand Wagoneer accompanies a lot of off-road hardware. A Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system is standard, finished with a two-speed transfer case and low-range gearing. You additionally get Quadra-Lift air suspension, which gives 10 inches of ground clearance and the ability to drive through up to 2 feet of water.
With regards to the luxury theme, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer clients get special treatment. From dedicated sales ambassadors to complimentary (and suitably sized) service loaners, free Wi-Fi and snacks at dealerships to 24/7 customer support and 5 years of scheduled maintenance, the advantages of proprietorship are evident.
The 2022 Grand Wagoneer will be accessible in four unique flavors: Series I, Series II, Series III, and the blacked-out Obsidian model. Concerning pricing, the base variant begins at $88,995 including a borderline-usurious $2,000 in destination charges, which makes it around 10 grand pricier than either an entry-level Escalade or Navigator.
Go hog-wild with the options and it’s feasible to push one past $111,000, an undeniably princely sum, however, it’s not the first Jeep to cross the six-figure threshold. With alternatives, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk zooms directly past that mark, as well, however, it’s a performance-first SUV, not a luxury-minded one like this vehicle.
You can preorder one of these gilded, three-row SUVs beginning at present, however, deliveries will not beginning until the second half of the year. The Grand Wagoneer will be collected in Warren, Michigan, only north of Detroit close by the standard Wagoneer and the past generation Ram 1500 pickup.