Car review: The return of a blue off-road blood is seen in the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer – InForum

The return of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer revives another famous Jeep nameplate, one that pioneered the idea of ​​a luxury SUV years before the Range Rover. Earning a place on gravel driveways and old money farms, its lack of change reflected the old money families who bought it.

The 2022 Grand Wagoneer attempts to revive that love affair, but with a twist.

Jeep is marketing the Grand Wagoneer and its smaller cousin, the Wagoneer, as an all-new premium sub-brand called Wagoneer that allows Jeep to maintain its rugged off-road image while offering increasingly luxurious – and profitable – SUVs. If this sounds like the Land Rover/Range Rover playbook, you’re right. The Wagoneer starts at $57,995, the Grand Wagoneer, $86,995. Both are offered in Series I, Series II and Series III.

Riding on a modified Ram 1500 body-on-frame platform, the Wagoneer’s designers went for size, a key characteristic of the Wagoneer. They also enlarged the glass as much as possible while keeping the pillars as much as possible. While the Wagoneer twins share their basic body, there are some exterior differences between the two, most notably the Grand Wagoneer’s black-painted roof, copper-tinted windows, chrome windows, 22-inch wheels, and unique grille design. The appearance of the Wagoneer is still handsome, but wears a different face and monotone color.

At nearly 18 feet long and 7 feet high, this mobile storage shed encloses a generous 179.2 cubic feet of passenger space across three rows of seats, while providing 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space, expandable to 94.2 cubic feet in the Grand Wagoneer. Given its opening price, it’s not surprising that leather seats are standard and are heated and ventilated. The second row can be equipped with heated seats, and Grand Wagoneers offer second-row ventilated seats and a cabin trimmed in real American walnut.

But the Grand Wagoneer’s coolest feature is its front passenger touchscreen, which can send information to the driver if needed. It’s one of the Grand Wagoneer’s seven screens, including the instrument cluster, center infotainment screen, dual second-row screens and two climate control screens. A 10.1-inch central infotainment screen with navigation is standard in the Wagoneer; it grows to 12 inches in the Grand Wagoneer. There are also eight USB ports, an extra outlet, two extra 12-volt power outlets and a 115-volt outlet. And the optional Macintosh audio systems? They are well worth it if you are an audiophile.

If all this sounds very exclusive, it is. In fact, this is the finest interior that Chrysler’s minions have produced in decades. It is amazingly well executed, with a wealth of detail that delights. Consider the start button; it is bordered by a small sunbeam. It is that level of attention to detail that is a level above what you would expect.

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When it’s time to move, Wagoneers get a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with a 48-volt hybrid system. It generates 392 horsepower and 404 pound-feet of torque and returns a fuel economy rating of 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive and 15/20 with all-wheel drive. Towing is rated at 10,000 pounds. Payload is rated at 1,510-1,580 pounds depending on model. Grand Wagoneers are powered by a larger 6.4-liter V8 that delivers 471 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, but fuel economy is much worse at 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway with the Grand Wagoneer’s standard all-wheel drive. Towing is rated at 9,850 pounds, but payload is noticeably lower at 1,360-1,380 pounds. An eight-speed automatic transmission fits both engines.
If you choose four-wheel drive, you get a single-speed or two-speed transmission on Wagoneers, depending on the model. Grand Wagoneers get standard full-time Quadra-Drive II with active low-range and rear electronic limited-slip differential; it is optional on the Wagoneer. A terrain management system is standard.

Whether you choose a Wagoneer or a Grand Wagoneer, you’ll find that both have ample acceleration and more than enough power to drop people, cargo, or both. Not surprisingly, the Grand Wagoneer is very quick for such a big deer, providing a smooth increase in easy torque. But keep in mind that Jeep recommends using premium fuel, which it guzzles at an incredible rate. The brakes prove to be the engine’s counterpoint, bringing things to a halt in a hassle-free manner. But it’s the Grand Wagoneer’s air suspension that makes this ride so remarkable. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t feel as big as it is. You might even think you slipped into a Grand Cherokee L by accident, but of course you didn’t. This ride is too quiet, comfortable and graceful for that. Yes, there is some ride compatibility, but this is meant for pounding around terrain, preferably across the farm or ranch. Comfort, not corner cutting, is the mission of this rig. Yet it maintains the classic Jeep go-anywhere ability over any type of terrain. A short bit of boulder bashing quickly showed its chops, though it’s too big for real backwoods exploration.

Still, the 2022 Grand Wagoneer strides onto the American terra firma with a monied élan that’s surprising. Jeep has never produced such a lavish vehicle, nor has Chrysler for that matter, at least in decades. And when it did, it was known as Imperial. The 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is an off-road blue blood, a mobile saloon of the highest class.

Look for one soon down a gated gravel driveway or at a riding club near you.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Series III

  • Base price: $86,995
  • Engine: 6.4-liter V8
  • Horsepower/torque: 471/455 pound-feet
  • EPA fuel economy (city/highway): 13/18 mpg
  • Fuel requirement: 91 octane
  • Length/Width/Height: 214.7/83.6/75.6 inches
  • Ground clearance: 10 inches
  • Payload: 1,360 pounds
  • Cargo capacity: 27.4-94.2 cubic feet
  • Towing capacity: 9,850 pounds

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