2022 Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer: Jeep will be big, luxurious

Compete with: BMW X7, Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, Ford Expedition and Expedition Max, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, Infiniti QX80, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia

Looks like: Almost identical to The concept we saw last year; a bigger and more powerful Grand Cherokee L.

Powertrains: 392 hp, 5.7 liter mild hybrid eTorque V-8 (Wagoneer); 471 hp, 6.4 liter V-8 (Grand Wagoneer); Eight-speed automatic transmission; Rear-wheel drive (Wagoneer only) or all-wheel drive (available with Wagoneer, standard with Grand Wagoneer)

Hits dealer: Pre-orders open Thursday; The models should arrive in the summer

The next Jeeps to join the automaker’s SUV range are the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer: powerful three-row SUVs with a body on a frame. And while both trace their ancestry back to the last Jeep Wagoneer, neither will wear a single Jeep badge.

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Instead, Jeep is creating the Wagoneer sub-brand – similar to Hyundai’s Genesis brand – which, according to Jeep, will develop into a “portfolio of vehicles that will redefine the American premium.” Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will open this portfolio with the aim of Wagoneer Three-row SUVs with less premium, while the Grand Wagoneer (pictured in the gallery below) is trying to live up to the “Grand” billing and looking for luxury SUVs.

What is the difference between the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer?

Both SUVs share the same frame, eight-speed automatic transmission, a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds, dimensions, and, apart from minor differences in exterior materials and badges, almost the same appearance. One key difference is under the hood, where the Wagoneer is powered by a 5.7-liter mild-hybrid eTorque V-8 that produces 392 horsepower and 404 pound-feet of torque. The Grand Wagoneer, meanwhile, will be using a 6.4-liter V-8 with a whopping 471 horsepower and 455 pound-feet. Jeep says the Grand Wagoneer will flat-sprint from 0-60 mph in 6 seconds. The Wagoneer is available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, while the Grand Wagoneer comes with all-wheel drive as standard.

Visual differences outside are more subtle. The badge helps differentiate the two (especially whether it is preceded by “Wagoneer” “Grand”) as the Wagoneer (pictured in the gallery below) wears its front badge over the chrome grille, while the Grand Wagoneer’s badge is in the chrome is integrated. The Grand Wagoneer also gets a two-tone look with a black roof, and its obsidian trim darkens the exterior. The wheel selection for both is 20 or 22 inches, depending on the equipment or option package.

Also different interiors

Inside, the differences become more obvious. While the Wagoneer’s cabin looks appropriately high-tech and high-quality, the Grand Wagoneer takes it to another level. Both will include a standard digital instrument panel, but the Grand Wagoneer measures 12.3 inches instead of the Wagoneer’s 10.25 unit. The central touchscreen of the Grand Wagoneer is also larger at 12 inches instead of 10.1.

If that’s not enough, the Grand Wagoneer has an additional 10.25-inch touchscreen for climate and seat controls Another 10.25-inch touchscreen on the passenger-side dashboard. (This is optional on the Wagoneer.) The front passenger screen can mirror a device via an HDMI cable and can be used to control the integrated navigation system as well as the entertainment and air conditioning functions in the rear. To prevent the driver from being distracted, there is a special data protection filter above it.

We have already discussed this Availability of Amazon Fire TV in both SUVsHowever, there are new details about the entertainment options available for rear seat passengers. Both SUVs will offer two 10.1-inch screens, while the Grand Wagoneer offers a third 10.25-inch touchscreen for climate and seat control between the chairs that are standard on the Grand Wagoneer and optional on the Wagoneer (both SUVs come in seven available – or eight seat configurations).

Both SUVs come with Npa leather upholstery as standard, but the Grand Wagoneer will also feature higher quality materials, including available Palermo leather and real metal or wood accents. Premium McIntosh stereos are available in both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

fellow Stellantis Family member Ram has set a high bar with the interior of his 1500 pickup – so high that we have called the luxury trim levels of the Ram 1500 ours Luxury car of the year 2020. We won’t know for sure until we see a Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer in person, but both SUVs aim to surpass that luxury and they could succeed.

Safety and Autonomous Driving Tech

In addition to the large number of digital displays, both the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer offer a large number of high-tech safety functions, including standard cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, blind spot monitoring and much more. Both SUVs will also be available with a head-up display.

Beyond the usual list of safety technologies, however, there are high-end features that one would expect from a luxury vehicle. A 360 degree camera system is available at Wagoneer and is standard at Grand Wagoneer. There’s also a digital rearview mirror display that uses a rear-facing camera to show the view behind the SUV even if the traditional mirror is obstructed.

Autonomous driving technology is also integrated into the Grand Wagoneer with the practical function of the active driving assistant of level 2. Jeep plans to update that to a later Hands free Execution. Jeep says the hands-free active driver assistant will be available immediately on “proven roads,” suggesting a system more like GM’s Super Cruise than Tesla’s autopilot.

No Jeep badge, still cables in the area

Don’t worry lest you think that Jeep would build some luxury land yachts – both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer offer some off-road capabilities as well. No vehicle is Trail rated – Jeeps off-road brand standard – but the available or stock all-wheel drive should give owners some confidence once the sidewalk ends (or is snow-covered).

Depending on the equipment variant, the Wagoneer is supplied as standard with Jeeps Quadra-Trac I or II all-wheel drive systems. The more advanced Quadra-Drive II system with an electronic locking differential at the rear is optional on Wagoneer and standard on Grand Wagoneer. Models with Quadra-Trac II or Quadra-Drive II also receive the Selec-Terrain traction management system with five different settings: Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow and Sand / Mud.

The Grand Wagoneer is equipped with the Jeep’s Quadra-Lift air suspension as standard, which offers an adjustable ride height, lowers the vehicle for easier entry or raises it to improve ground clearance. Normal ground clearance is 8 “and can be lowered 1.6” to 2 “when parked or lifted. An aero setting lowers the vehicle by 0.6 inches even at higher speeds or when sport mode is selected for improved aerodynamics.

Pricing and release date

Both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be available in Series I, Series II, and Series III trim levels, with the Grand Wagoneer adding the darkened obsidian trim between Series II and III. The base Wagoneer Series I won’t be available at launch, but will have the lowest starting price of $ 59,995. A Grand Wagoneer Series I starts at $ 88,995. Both prices include a whopping $ 2,000 target fee.

Pre-orders for both vehicles are open on Thursday. The units arrive at the dealers in summer.

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