Here’s What We Know so Far About the Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer
We’ve known for a while now that a new full-size flagship SUV is coming soon to the Jeep lineup. Yes, the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are due to make their return in the 2021 model year. Given how many spy photos we’ve seen over time, and how much we’ve learned from interviews with brand executives, we think we have a solid idea of what to expect from these two models. Here’s what we know about the upcoming Wagoneer models slated to debut within the next year or so.
Back in April of 2019, photos of a testing prototype indicated that the Grand Wagoneer is likely to use a modified variant of the all-new Ram 1500 half-ton pickup’s body-on-frame platform. Jeep hasn’t offered any vehicles with body-on-frame platforms in quite a while. Additionally, the upcoming Wagoneer models are also rumored to feature an independent rear suspension as well, making it the first time a Jeep vehicle will go head to head with established heavyweights such as the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition. The rear suspension setup will aid in improving ride handling while opening up the cabin, especially in the cargo and third row area due to its compact design.
Mike Manley, now CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), mentioned in 2016 that the brand would offer the Wagoneer models with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Since 2016, Jeep has reconfirmed its electrification plans, which already include the introduction of its plug-in Renegade and Compass models in Europe. Production plans also indicate that Jeep may even enhance its Wagoneer models with the very same mild-hybrid eTorque system that’s currently found on the Ram 1500 model. The 48-colt hybrid system can be paired with either the standard 3.6-liter V6 or the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 option. Four-wheel-drive is expected to be a standard feature, while heftier off-road packages will likely toughen up the Wagoneer models with enviable off-roading chops.
The current full-size SUV market, comprised of Ford and GM, customarily offers two wheelbase lengths, thus experts believe Jeep will implement the same strategy. The Wagoneer name is likely reserved for the model with the shorter wheelbase, while the Grand Wagoneer will feature the longer wheelbase. Both vehicles will offer standard third-row seating as full-size SUVs do, but the longer Grand Wagoneer is sure to offer considerably more space for both passengers and cargo.
Jeep already confirmed back in 2017 that both models — the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer — will be manufactured and assembled at the brand’s Warren Truck assembly plant in Michigan. Recently, FCA announced a further investment, including costs of retooling, for said facility. Jeep indicates that production will likely begin in early 2021, so we may be in luck and get an official glimpse of the vehicles sometime during 2020 as the brand gears up to launch.
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