2022 Jeep Wagoneer – Review by Larry Nutson + VIDEO

Rebirth of an icon

By Larry Nutson
Senior editor and bureau chief
Chicago Bureau

A true icon for the automotive world has been revived with the introduction of the Jeep by Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer premium utility vehicles (UV). The first Wagoneer was introduced for the 1963 model and is THE original full-size utility vehicle. The name survived within the Jeep brand for 30 years.

Now that Jeep is celebrating its 80th year, the well-known Wagoneer has returned as a premium, sub-brand, full-size body-on-frame utility vehicle to compete with such well-known large companies from GM and FoMoCo, also as those from non-domestic brands .

Premium 2022 Wagoneer and luxury 2022 Grand Wagoneer are offered in one size, with seating for seven or eight people, with V8 power, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and towing capacity of up to 10,000 lbs.

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Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer vary in exterior and interior as well as features and equipment. This is a different approach than what GM or Ford use by using significant styling and design elements to separate and distinguish their full-size UV ​​models.

I recently drove a 2022 Wagoneer about 150 miles north from my Chicago home to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. I participated in the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) 2021 Rally held at Road America. Along with my highway trip, I was able to drive Wagoneer along the country roads of Wisconsin’s glacial Kettle Moraine as well as on a technical terrain track created by the team at Jeep Jamboree.

Scott Tallon, Product Manager, Jeep Brand – North America gave a product overview of new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Tallon said “This year’s Midwest Automotive Media Association Rally was the perfect place to showcase the latest Jeep models.”

Tallon pointed out that Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will offer a unique and first-class customer service experience. The company works with its dealers to help them achieve Wagoneer certification, which ensures that the dealer delivers 10 customer promises that they together give their customers. Not all Jeep dealers may be Wagoneer dealers. With roots in Jeep’s brand heritage, Wagoneer will become a portfolio of vehicles that defines “American premium” and provides a unique customer experience.

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Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer ride on a completely new steel frame that uses several steel qualities to make it both light and yet durable. The body-on-frame design provides good torsional rigidity and also driving and handling in premium class. The wheelbase is 123 inches and the total length is 214.7 inches. GM’s trio of full-size cars and Ford and Lincoln’s big cars are all within inches of Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

The Wagoneer models have eight passengers with optional second-row captain’s seats, which reduces the number of seats to seven. While the Grand Wagoneer models are seven passengers with an optional bench on the second row for eight passenger seats.

Wagoneer’s cargo space is bulky with a total of 116.7 cu.ft. behind the first line. It’s 27.4 cu.ft. behind the third row and 70.8 cu.ft. behind the second row. Grand Wagoneer has a little less due to its second-row center console design.

Under the hood, the Wagoneer has a 392-hp 5.7-liter 404-lb-ft V-8 engine. of torque equipped with the next generation eTorque 48-volt mild hybrid. The Grand Wagoneer is equipped with a 471-hp 6.4-liter V-8 with 455 lb.-ft. of torque. Each engine fits together with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

Wagoneers are offered in rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive (4X4). Grand Wagoneers is only 4X4. Three 4×4 systems are available depending on the model, namely Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II with active low range and rear electronically limited slip differential. Quadra-Lift air suspension is standard on Grand Wagoneer.

The EPA fuel economy rating for the rear unit Wagoneer is 18 mpg combined with 16 city mpg and 22 highway mpg. Wagoneer four-wheel drive is EPA rated at 17 mpg combined with 15 city mpg and 20 highway mpg. Grand Wagoneer’s EPA fuel economy rating is 15 mpg combined with 13 city mpg and 18 highway mpg.

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In the cabin there is a lot to like. It is elegant with first-class materials and well-made surface layers. Beauty abounds. Each seat is a first-class accommodation. The rear bench accommodates three adults, comfortably. Along with the standard touch screen in the middle, there is an available 10.25-inch passenger screen with four main functions: Co-Pilot for navigation and device management, entertainment via HDMI or Rear Seat Entertainment control, the ability to see exterior vehicle cameras and, the first ever Fire TV for automatic integration, with touch screens, Alexa and access to hundreds of thousands of movies, TV shows and apps.

Available is a first McIntosh 1,375-watt premium audio system with 23 speakers, including a 12-inch subwoofer with 3D Surround System. This sound system has better sound than many home systems.

A full range of advanced driver assistance safety features (ADAS) are available as well as semi-autonomous vehicle features, including hands-free Active Driving Assist (late availability) and the ParkSense Automated Parking System

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More information about 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer is available at www.jeep.com. Wagoneer prices start at US $ 57,995 million; Grand Wagoneer starts at US $ 86,995. The destination fee is $ 2,000. At launch, twelve preconfigured models will be offered at a price starting at $ 67,995.

Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are moving the Jeep brand to a new segment. I’ve driven every GM as well as Ford and Lincoln. One of my daughters has a new GMC Yukon that I have spent a lot of time driving during her visit. As I see it, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer have all bases covered and are very profitable items in the traditional full-size commercial vehicle segment. I was pleasantly surprised at how the spacious and spacious Wagoneer drove as if it were smaller than it actually is. The driving dynamics are very comfortable and refined.

Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer can only be THE fashionable full-size commercial vehicle to have.

Happy driving

© 2021 Larry Nutson, Chicago Car Guy

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