Texas company will make wood panels for 2022 Jeep Wagoneer

It will cost about $2,000 to make it look like you drove your 2022 Jeep Wagoneer through a tree

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If you’ve been holding back on buying a new Jeep Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer because there’s no factory spec that includes large expanses of lumber along its flanks, a specialty shop in Texas has some good news.

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The crew at Wagonmaster, located just southwest of Austin, has developed a wood grain package for these large and loaded SUVs. For the grand sum of $1,750, customers can now purchase custom-cut vinyl and moldings to fit their megabuck SUV, made from the same type of product the shop uses when restoring vintage Grand Wagoneers.

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It’s a unique look, to be sure, one that pops against dark colors and will remind gearheads of a certain age of big family vehicles from their youth. The original Grand Wagoneer and its variants were widely available with this styling treatment, closely linking this feature to the model in the minds of many.

Even after production ended in 1991, wood-look decals and vinyl trim remained on the options sheet for rigs like the ’92 Cherokee Briarwood; and the one-year-old 1993 Grand Wagoneer, which was a top model of the then-new Grand Cherokee.

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Ralph Gilles, a design director at Stellantis whose team worked to bring the new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer to market, wrote during the SUV’s introduction that he was “losing sleep” over whether or not the 2022 model would be offered with a woodgrain trim option .

Gilles is a true gearhead and recognizes the importance of paying homage to past models, but the decision was made to leave it on the cutting room floor and delve into various tools and design elements to convey the luxury and presence of this large SUV.

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This opens the door for aftermarket companies like Wagonmaster, who are only too happy to force some Jeep owners’ retro preferences.

They’ve actually designed a couple of different kits – one offering a large slab of wood grain and the other limited to a single spear under the side windows. Wagonmaster has been in the Jeep business for more than three decades, making them an appropriate outfit to offer this type of customization.


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