SE: 2022 Jeep® Grand Wagoneer Series III review!

After years of rumors that Grand Wagoneer is returning, Jeep® finally entered the full-size full-size SUV game with Wagoneer and ultra-premium Grand Wagoneer in late 2021. I recently spent a week with the top of the on-line Grand Wagoneer Series III. Does it have what it takes to compete with Escalade, Yukon Denali and Navigator? Let’s find out…

Design –

2022 Jeep® Grand Wagoneer Series III (MoparInsiders)

At almost 215 inches long, the Grand Wagoneer is 4 inches longer than the Escalade and 5 inches longer than the Navigator. Styling is of course subjective, but the design of the Grand Wagoneer has been a bit controversial. I think it looks good from the front and front 3/4 views, but I think it’s enough for the rear, and I’m not a fan of the uptick Jeep that runs on their quarter windows. Jeep seems to be aiming for a premium, solid, stately look, and I think they achieved that overall with the Grand Wagoneer. Our tester is finished in Silver Zynith with a black roof, which helps the design, in my opinion.

All lighting is led with projector-led headlights that perform exceptionally well at night. Grand Wagoneer also has adaptive headlights that follow curves on the road by following the steering wheel input. The fog lights are made of 3 LED capsules, which gives the Grand Wagoneer a unique look. The taillights are LED, and I think they look very nice, while all turn signals are sequential, which contributes to the premium look.

2022 Jeep® Grand Wagoneer Series III (MoparInsiders)

Grand Wagoneer rides on a stylish set of 22-inch wheels and has a height-adjustable air suspension.

Interior –

2022 Jeep® Grand Wagoneer Series III (MoparInsiders)

While the exterior design may be controversial, the interior of the Grand Wagoneer is stunning. The interior materials are all of very high quality, with genuine metal, wood and high-quality leather covering most of the cabin.

Grand Wagoneer is also a technical tour de force. In front of the driver is a digital meter cluster and customizable heads-up display. There is a 12-inch infotainment screen that runs the latest UConnect 5 software with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless. Another screen below can also slide out of the way to reveal USB and HDMI ports and a wireless charger. The front passenger gets their own screen on which they can watch movies or enter a navigation destination and send it to the driver.

2022 Jeep® Grand Wagoneer Series III (MoparInsiders)

There are physical controls for the climate control system and touch-sensitive controls to control the heated and ventilated seats and the heated steering wheel. The front seats are exceptionally comfortable and have a relaxing massage function with several settings.

The middle row is extremely spacious also with heated and ventilated bucket seats, a bench is an option, along with this large center console and another touch screen. On the back of the front seats are screens for the Amazon Fire TV system on board.

2022 Jeep® Grand Wagoneer Series III 4 × 4. (Jeep).

Even at 6’1, I thought the third row was quite comfortable with enough head and legroom. Third-row passengers are also offered folding seats, cup holders, USB ports and their own sunroof.

Drivlina –

2022 Jeep® Grand Wagoneer Series III (MoparInsiders)

Under the hood of the Grand Wagoneer is the 6.4-liter HEMI V8, which provides 471 horsepower and a torque of 455 lb.ft, backed by the excellent ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. Our tester had a 4wd full time with 2-speed gearbox, and all Grand Wagoneers have 3.92 gears.

While standard Wagoneers with 5.7-liter HEMI are rated to pull 10,000 lbs, Grand Wagoneers with 6.4-liter HEMI 150 lbs fall below 9,850 lbs, both class-leading numbers by a good chunk. I thought that the 6.4-liter HEMI and 8-speed trans was a willing dance partner, who feels almost like a sports car with immediate throttle and enough power to motivate the Grand Wagoneer to 60 MPH in just under 6 seconds in our tests.

While the Grand Wagoneer is EPA-rated at 18 MPG on the highway, we put it through our highway MPG test and knew the best EPA figures with a result of 20 MPG with just over 100 miles of highway driving.

Driving impressions –

2022 Jeep® Grand Wagoneer Series III (MoparInsiders)

Out on the road, the Grand Wagoneer is exceptionally refined and quiet. Sitting on a heavily modified Ram 1500 (DT) platform, the Grand Wagoneer removes the solid rear axle in favor of an independent rear suspension. The driving is exceptionally smooth and absorbs bumps very well, without shaking being transmitted to the cabin. The 6.4-liter HEMI is extremely agile and, as mentioned above, has more than enough power in this application. The ride is calm with wind noise and mechanical sounds nicely subdued in the cabin but a strong exhaust tone on the outside. (Be sure to watch our video to hear how good it sounds.)

Steering is in place for this type of vehicle, with no vibrations or pits that send feedback through the steering wheel (which is a problem I had with an Escalade shortly after this review.) The large disc brakes work well with a linear pedal and good bite, which easily stops Grand Wagoneer from any speed.

2022 Jeep® Grand Wagoneer Series III (MoparInsiders)

The visibility is excellent all around, and there is plenty of technology on board to assist drivers in all situations. There is a night vision camera on the cluster that works exceptionally well and identifies pedestrians while drawing a yellow box around them. There is also the self-parking system and travel assistance, which uses the adaptive cruise and lane keeping assistant to keep you centered in your lane, even around corners, but requires you to keep your hands on the steering wheel.

Of course, there is a 360-degree camera system that is very high definition, and the McIntosh sound system has 23 speakers, a 12-inch subwoofer, provides 1,375 watts, and at least in my ear it sounds great.

Conclusion –

2022 Jeep® Grand Wagoneer Series III (MoparInsiders)

After a week with this Grand Wagoneer, it sets a new bar for luxury in the American full-size SUV class. The technology, the functions, the interior quality as well as the fit and finish are one step above the competition. Although I think the Escalade is still the coolest vehicle in this segment, I spent a few weeks with an Escalade Sport Platinum right after this review. Cadillac is one step behind in terms of interior materials and overall refinement. Not a big step behind, but a step back, making the Grand Wagoneer the new king of the hill in the full-size SUV segment.

As for how I would order it, I would have to go with the Series II-based Obsidian trim to get rid of chrome, and I would go with either Silver Zynith or Bright White to give a nice contrast to the Gloss Black accents .

2022 Jeep® Grand Wagoneer Obsidian. (WagoneerForums).

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