When you think of the Jeep® brand, you usually think of off-road capability. But while the new 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer (WS) are often considered a premium extension of the Jeep brand, many people forget that off-road capability extends to these vehicles. That’s even without having the brand’s “Trail Rated” badge on its fenders.
But why isn’t there a Trail Rated badge available on the Wagoneer?
To be a Trail Rated Jeep, the vehicle must pass five outlined criteria to place the Trail Rated medallion on its fender. The five criteria are traction, water handling, articulation, maneuverability and ground clearance. The new Wagoneer models meet all of these criteria except one… maneuverability.
The full-size body-on-frame SUVs are far too large to maneuver along most moderate trails, but that doesn’t mean Jeep hasn’t built the most capable off-road-oriented offering in the premium SUV segment. Enter the Wagoneer Series II and Series III with the Advanced All-Terrain Group. The Advanced All-Terrain Group provides Wagoneer models with 10 inches of ground clearance, skid plates, towbars and all-terrain off-road tires in combination with Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II® Transfer Case. The combination allows the Wagoneer to tackle most trails with ease.
The Advanced All-Terrain Group (AM2) comes with the following equipment…
- 275/65R18 Firestone Destination AT2 all-terrain tire (Wagoneer Series II)
- 18-inch x 8-inch machined cast aluminum with black noise-painted pockets (Wagoneer Series II)
- 275/55R20 Falken Wildpeak A/T off-road tires (Wagoneer Series III)
- 20-inch x 9-inch machined cast aluminum with satin granite crystal painted pockets (Wagoneer Series III)
- Quadra-Drive II® transfer case with 4×4 Low Active, Neutral, Full-Time Active 4×4
- Electronic limited slip rear differential
- Quadra-Lift air suspension
- 3.92 rear axle ratio
- Select-Speed® control
- Transfer Case Skid Plate
- Fuel tank skid plate
- Front suspension plate
- Bright towbars
- Removable rear towbar
Powering the Wagoneer is the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with an eTorque mild-hybrid system. The 5.7-liter HEMI is good for 392 horsepower (292kW) and 404 lb.-ft. (548 Nm) of torque and is mated to an 8HP75 8-speed automatic transmission.
The eTorque mild hybrid system replaces the traditional on-engine alternator with a belt-driven engine-generator unit that performs multiple functions. The engine generator unit works with a 48-volt battery pack to enable quick and seamless start/stop functionality, short-term torque addition to the engine crankshaft in certain driving situations, and brake energy regeneration, improving responsiveness and efficiency.
With the engine running, the eTorque’s motor-generator unit feeds a 48-volt current to a 430-watt-hour lithium-ion Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC)-Graphite battery. In addition to spinning the engine for restart, the eTorque unit also recaptures energy during deceleration and braking to feed charge to the battery pack.
Now it seems that the off-road oriented models are starting to arrive in dealer warehouses. This particular 2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series III with Advanced All-Terrain Group, as of this writing, is currently available at Ed Voyles Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Marietta, Georgia.
Optional with the optional Convenience Group I (ACC), Premium Group I (ANF) and Heavy-Duty Trailer-Tow Group (ABR) packages, this Wagoneer has a US Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $88,320 (including a destination of $2,000) fee). Of course, like most vehicles on today’s auto market, there’s a dealer markup at an asking price of $89,414. Not too bad, considering what we’ve seen out there.
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