When it comes to full-size domestic SUVs, General Motors and Ford have been running the table for years with the Tahoe/Yukon and the Expedition/Navigator, respectively. But now Stellantis (the automaker formerly known as Fiat-Chrysler) is entering the segment with an all-new SUV. But while we might have expected a new full-size body-on-frame SUV to bear the Chrysler or Dodge badges, the new heavyweight contender will instead dust off a legendary nameplate from the Jeep brand.
The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer have a model history that stretches back to 1963, but in fact the new SUVs are based on the current Ram 1500 platform. That's a good thing because the Ram chassis offers one of the best driving experiences in its class with a smooth ride and unusually quiet cabin.
Jeep intends the Wagoneer as a family SUV, with standard seating for eight passengers and an impressive array of standard and optional safety and functional features. The Grand Wagoneer is a step up into the premium SUV class, with a luxury interior and great technology options. The Grand Wagoneer will feature handcrafted Satin American Walnut wood in abundance, chosen both for its elegance and durability.
The Wagoneer features a 5.7-liter V8 engine rated at 392 horsepower and 404 pound-feet of torque, and comes with an eTorque 48-volt hybrid power assist, along with fuel-saving technologies such as cylinder deactivation and Variable Cam Timing as standard equipment. The Grand Wagoneer is intended to compete in the premium SUV class with the GMC Yukon and Lincoln Navigator, and will come with a 6.4-liter V8 that delivers 471 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque.
Both Wagoneer options are equipped with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and the buyer's choice of three available 4x4 systems: Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II. Quadra-Trac I delivers full-time all-wheel drive as is typical with an SUV. This proven technology improves traction by moving torque to the wheel with the most grip. Quadra-Trac II utilizes a traditional truck-based two-speed transfer case. Finally, Quadra-Drive II, with a rear electronic limited-slip differential, delivers industry-leading traction capability. The system instantly detects tire slip and smoothly distributes engine torque to tires with traction. In some cases, the vehicle will anticipate low traction and adjust in order to proactively limit or eliminate slip. Further, both Wagoneer options offer an available Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Terrain traction management system.
Inside, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer feature a 10.1-inch or 12-inch digital display and an updated Uconnect 5 operating system. Uconnect is based on the Android operating system and allows over-the-air updates to add new features without a trip to a dealership. The system drives an available McIntosh premium audio system. Safety tech is also present with a full suite of advanced driver assistance. Adaptive cruise control, lane management, blind spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking are all standard features on all Wagoneer models. Optional advanced features include a new hands-free active driving assist function that allows the driver to take hands off the steering wheel under certain limited circumstances. Night vision, active driving assist, and automated parking are all available.
All Wagoneer models are being built at the Stellantis truck assembly plant in Warren, Michigan, creating up to 1,400 new jobs there. Both Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are expected at area Jeep dealerships in the second half of 2021. Wagoneer will be priced starting at $67,995 at launch, and Grand Wagoneer will start at $86,995, ranging up to $103,995 for the top trim.
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