Keeping up With the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer
Jeep has been hard at work expanding its lineup with a newly-minted pickup truck and upcoming crossover offerings as Jeep plans to fill the three-row SUV gap in its current lineup. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is slated to bring back the Wagoneer and Grand wagoneer monikers for two SUVs that are going to slot above the Grand Cherokee, hoping to compete with the likes of Range Rover and other luxury offerings. Jeep hasn’t revealed much about the upcoming three-row SUVs other than the fact that they’re in production, but experts believe that the SUVs will be based on the Grand Commander, a Jeep three-row SUV that’s exclusively available in China. Car designers and engineers have been going back and forth while predicting what the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will look like once they arrive by 2022 — if everything goes as planned, that is!
Although many expect the upcoming Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer shape to be reminiscent of the Grand Cherokee, the rumor mill indicates that both models are expected to be body-on-frame designs, likely borrowing components from the Ram 1500. Spy photographers have spotted unusual prototypes on the streets that are too out there to be considered actual Ram concepts, and are likely mules for the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer vehicles. Experts claim that in a few photos they can make out the “truck’s” independent suspension, while it’s likely that Jeep will swap out the Ram’s rear live axle in exchange for said independent setup to grant third-row passengers more room. Additionally, the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are both slated to be manufactured and assembled at FCA’s Warren Truck Plant in Michigan, the current home of the all-new Ram Heavy Duty.
Unlike the majority of experts who believe that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be based on the Grand Commander, some believe that Jeep will rely on the Yuntu concept. Said concept was unveiled a few years ago at the Shanghai Auto Show and predates what eventually became the Grand Commander. Many of the Yuntu’s design elements may find their way into the design of these truck-based SUVs. Another interesting thing that experts believe will be part of the upcoming Jeep vehicles? A plug-in hybrid powertrain. FCA indicated that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer would have plug-in hybrid variants in its five-year electrification plan.
Besides the plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Wagoneer and Grand wagoneer are also expected to have a substantial range of engine options. If components are going to come from the Ram 1500, then it’s not farfetched to imagine that it’d share similar powertrain options. Engine options may include the classic — but revamped — 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and even the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, equipped with the eTorque mild hybrid assistance as well. There’s even the possibility that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer feature the latest version of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 — complete with 260 horsepower and 48- lb-ft of torque.
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