The Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer helped launch the luxury sport utility segment back in the 1960s, though it’s been 30 years since the brand stepped back from full-size offerings. Now those two names are back and they’re just as keen on the likes of the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade as they are heading out to the dirt at your nearest national park. We’ve already seen a lot of these vehicles, which were first unveiled as a concept unveiled last September; but Jeep has now fleshed out the details, revealing pricing and availability, as well as a brand new strategy for dealers looking to offer the Wagoneer.
Although the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer offer similar styling to the recently revealed Jeep Grand Cherokee L, these are full-size SUVs. Body-on-frame and significantly larger than the Grand Cherokee L – about 250mm in length at 5,453mm and 150mm in height at 1,964mm – the vehicles have a lot more room inside, a lot more capacity when it comes to hauling toys, and a lot more presence when they fill a parking space.
The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are the same size, the two differ by powertrain as well as details inside and out. The former is a (slightly) more utility model while the latter looks to be one of the most luxurious vehicles offered by a domestic manufacturer.
V8 only to start, PHEV may come later
Starting with the basic specs: at launch, the Wagoneer will offer a 5.7L V8 with a 48V eTorque mild hybrid system generating 392 hp and 404 lb-ft. The Grand Wagoneer gets a 6.4L V8 with 471 hp and 455 lb-ft, though it lacks eTorque. A 4xe plug-in model is expected on the road. Both current V8s get an eight-speed automatic and they come standard with one of three 4×4 systems: Quadra-Trac I, a full-time automatic system; Quadra-Trac II, which allows for manual 4-Hi and 4-Lo selection; and the Quadra-Drive, a beefier version with an active low-range transmission—offering a Wrangler-like 48:1 crawl ratio—and electronic limited-slip differential. Max towing capacity for the Wagoneer is 10,000 lb, while the Grand Wagoneer can handle 9,850 lb.
The Grand Wagoneer replaces its sibling’s steel springs with an adjustable, active damping air suspension system (optional on the Wagoneer). The suspension can be raised for up to 254mm of ground clearance or dropped for passenger ingress and egress as well as highway aerodynamics; the system gets a second air tank to speed up response times compared to previous Stellantis models and will have load balancing capabilities.
Grand in space as well as style
Jeep claims class-leading passenger volume for both, including a total of 5,100L of space and seating for up to eight. Cargo space is 800 L behind the third row, making it slightly ahead of the Chevrolet Tahoe. There is room for 1,800L behind the second row, around 200L less than the Tahoe, and with both rear rows folded, the Wagoneer can hold 3,300L, the Grand Wagoneer 2,700L, with the former again trailing the Tahoe. Jeep says that despite the luxuries offered in the interior, these vehicles are designed for those who plan to get out and get it dirty—yes, that includes your muddy retriever or doodles stomping around on the seats. That, Jeep says, is what buyers buy these SUVs for.
The cabin starts with Uconnect 5C, the latest system from Stellantis that offers one of the best user experiences in the industry. It manages a 10.1-inch screen with navigation as standard with 12.1-inch landscape orientation options, but doesn’t stop there and has a 10.25-inch instrument panel screen on the Wagoneer or 12.3-inch on the Grand Wagoneer. The climate control system is controlled through an additional screen on the Grand Wagoneer, one that can be guided and can be equipped with a larger 10.25-inch screen for the front seat passenger that allows them to manage navigation tasks, climate control or just watch TV while the driver does his job.
Reach further into the options list and there are more screens than a Best Buy before Boxing Day, with dual 10.1-inch screens available for second-row passengers that can let each driver watch a different show via Amazon Fire TV, as well as a final screen to adjust the climate control with four zones. Sorry to those in the third row, somehow you are left out.
A nine-speaker Alpine sound system is standard on the Wagoneer. A 19-speaker, 950-watt system from high-end audio supplier McIntosh is available on the Wagoneer and standard on the Grand Wagoneer. Top-spec Grand Wagoneer models are treated to a 23-speaker 1,375-watt McIntosh system.
The Grand Wagoneer is in detail
Both versions of the SUV offer the same interior layout that includes impressive luxury details such as open-pore wood trim as well as a knurled gear selector, but the Grand Wagoneer takes the details further with details such as accent stitching around the start button, Grand Wagoneer metal inlays on the passenger side and available aluminum moldings to highlight the screen on passenger side. While leather seating is standard across the board, with 12-way power front seats, the Grand Wagoneer Series I steps it up to Nappa leather and the Series II and III have a Palermo leather that Jeep claims is the softest you’ll find. The Grand Wagoneer has 24-way electric front seat adjustment with massage, with heating and ventilation in the first and second rows. Copper accents and the Honey Tupelo interior are exclusive to the Grand Wagoneer.
The exterior design includes the seven-slot Jeep grille, although all other Jeep badges are conspicuously absent from both the vehicle and the press materials. The Wagoneer hood has model name lettering, while the Grand Wagoneer has grille-mounted lettering instead and even adds ribbed textures inside the areas surrounding the grille. Both have LED headlights, although the Grand Wagoneer has a more premium look. It also features six-lamp LED fog lights, a unique hood and a black-painted roof to differentiate it from the standard model. While the models pictured wear a star-studded banner on the front doors, Canadian models won’t get that extra trim.
Driver assistance features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection along with adaptive cruise, blind spot and lane management. Active Driver Assistance will initially be available as a handy lane centering and cruise control system, but a hands-free version is expected to arrive later in the year and the Wagoneer will be the first Stellantis vehicle announced to get that feature. Night vision with the ability to see up to 200m at night will be available, while all will come with a digital rearview mirror and a head-up display.
New dealer experience for Wagoneer
To sell the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, dealers had to apply and get approval. In the US, they must fulfill the JD Power Customer First award program – although not offered in Canada – and offer the “10 Customer Promises”, including the Customer First certification. While not all have been confirmed for Canadian buyers, Jeep Canada has confirmed that it will closely follow its southern counterparts and provide certified Wagoneer ambassadors in showrooms, ensuring that customers receive “an appropriate service loaner” and that customers would receive an interior and an exterior cleaning with all services; in addition, Canadian customers will have access to a dedicated call center in both official languages. Perks not yet confirmed for Canada that customers would likely appreciate include: Wi-Fi, phone charging and “premium beverages and snacks” free with service.
Bookings will be opened via a special website from 11 March 2021 at 12pm EST, allowing buyers to make a $500 deposit to build the Series III Grand Wagoneer of their choice, choosing exterior and interior colors and their preferred dealer. A dedicated concierge service will reach out to pre-order customers to assist with their sales.
Pricing for the Wagoneer starts from $69,995, although the Series I will not be available at launch. The Grand Wagoneer starts at $100,995 and ranges to $120,995 for the Series III. They are expected to arrive this summer as 2022 car models and come with a three-year maintenance program.
2022 Jeep Wagoneer Canadian Pricing
Wagoneer Series I (late availability): $69,995
Wagoneer Series II: $79,995
Wagoneer Series III: $85,995
Grand Wagoneer Series I: $100,995
Grand Wagoneer Series II: $106,995
Grand Wagoneer Obsidian (Summer 2021): $113,995
Grand Wagoneer Series III: $120,995
Prices do not include $2,495 destination charge