Resurrection of the Jeep Wagoneer
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There’s good news for everyone who has wanted a vintage Jeep® renaissance vehicle. The upcoming Jeep Wagoneer will mark the return to the high end luxury SUV for the Jeep brand. We’ve been waiting for this one for a while. Excitement builds over in anticipation for the return of this Jeep vehicle.
There’s more power and versatility in a sports utility vehicle than the average car, but what about vehicles that have high-end luxury? You won’t find many vehicles today that are apart of the Jeep brand offering three-row seating and maintaining a luxury feel. That’ll change soon though as plans to bring back the iconic SUV are finalized.
History of the Jeep Wagoneer
An iconic vehicle that was produced from 1962 to 1991 and became the first luxury 4×4 vehicle, the Jeep Wagoneer has gone through some changes, but it still recognizable today. The overall body style never changed over the 30 years the Wagoneer was in production. The SJ model of the Jeep Wagoneer is seen as one of the most prestigious, most sought after SUVs for vehicle collectors, ranging from the 1986 to 1991 model years.
In the years since, the remaining Jeep Wagoneers have become popular and even lucrative again. But why have old SUVs raised in value? They were luxury vehicles to begin with, and if a new generation is produced, they’ll become priceless classics for collectors. There’s wood panels all over the Jeep Wagoneer as well as inside the vehicle, and yet the Jeep Wagoneer still provided a quiet cabin with a smooth ride and that true 1950’s Americana feel that was captured beautifully by Jeep.
There are also a collection of nifty features, like the high-end sound systems and leather seats, power locks and windows, power steering and a carpeted cargo space. Here’s another interesting feature that made retrieving gear a lot less difficult. The window above the trunk handle would raise down when the key to the vehicle was inserted into the back trunk lock and turned to the left. This allowed customers to easily toss something into the back without having to open the trunk.
Why the Jeep Wagoneer Is Being Resurrected
Looking to compete against the Range Rover, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has faith in that restoring the Wagoneer can be the flagship luxury SUV. With a higher price than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit, the Wagoneer will be known as a “Premium” vehicle. Back in the 1980’s, the Jeep Wagoneer was a competitor to the Range Rover and can be again.
The Wagoneer has been teased for several years, but finally fans of the Jeep Wagoneer will know that this time, Jeep is serious about building the Wagoneer. Jeep currently doesn’t have a full-sized SUV, but that will change as the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, will both have three-row seating and aim to capitalize on the popularity of large scale SUVs available in today’s market. Not to mention, Jeep sales have grown from selling 730,000 vehicles in 2013 to an estimated 1.9 million in 2018. Bringing back a vehicle capable of being a competitive large luxury SUV is a smart move by the Jeep brand.
What To Expect With the New Jeep Wagoneer
The most recent variation of the Jeep Wagoneer comes after the concept vehicle of the Jeep Wagoneer that was introduced at the Moab Easter Week Safari event earlier this year. The restored Jeep Wagoneer concept held a 5-7-Liter V8 engine that was tied to a 4-speed automatic transmission.
With the original bench seats a sure bet, there’s a lot to be expected with this upcoming vehicle from Jeep. One area that’s expected to be greatly improved is the fuel economy. The last time Jeep produced the Jeep Wagoneer in 1991, the fuel economy of the vehicle was poor at best, with 10 MPG in the city city and 12 MPG on the highway. That simply won’t be the case for the revived Jeep Wagoneer.
The same high-end luxury vehicle will be expected to be replicated and enhanced once the final version of the Jeep Wagoneer comes out.
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