It feels like we’ve been talking about the return of the Jeep Wagoneer for years now. Finally, the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models have been revealed. These two nameplates represent Jeep’s entrance into the coveted full-size SUV arena and a notable move up-market. Cadillac and Lincoln may want to take notice here.
Both Wagoneer models will arrive this summer. The Wagoneer will start at $57,995, while the Grand Wagoneer will start at $86,995 as it battles with other premium full-sizers.
Let’s start by saying there are no surprises here. The Wagoneer family looks nearly identical to the Grand Wagoneer Concept that Jeep revealed several months ago. When that concept was revealed it was unclear how big of a departure it was from the real thing, turns out not much.
Both Wagoneer models feature design traits to pay homage to their namesake. There’s a horizontal grille that is angled forward just a bit, similar to the original Wagoneer. Modern LED headlights flank said grille, while a stylized belt-line wraps the entire vehicle. The effect of that belt-line is the two-box design theme of the original Wagoneer. Collectively, both Wagoneers are handsome and give off the premium vibe bestowed in their price tags.
Oddly enough, you’ll find an American flag emblem on the exterior of the Wagoneer, but not a Jeep badge. Jeep is attempting to establish the Wagoneer family as a sub-brand under Jeep. Think Denali to GMC, because you know, the first thing Stellantis needs is more brands to support.
Old School Powertrain
Make no mistake, the Wagoneers are incredibly modern vehicles. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t underscore something fairly significant about the Wagoneer reveal. This is likely the last major reveal of a V-8-powered full-size SUV. Yes, Ford and GM will continue to update theirs, but this is likely the last all-new one. As the world transitions to EV’s, the place for a V-8-powered, truck-based SUV is questionable (despite their sales).
That said, the Wagoneer does offer some light electrification. All Wagoneer’s are powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 with mild-hybrid capability, generating 392 horsepower and 404 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive are standard, but buyers can opt for three different four-wheel-drive systems. There’s a single-speed, full-time 4WD option and a two-speed option. The top-end 4WD option layers on an electronic limited slip differential to the two-speed option.
Grand Wagoneer models are differentiated by their powertrain. A more powerful 6.4-liter V-8 that creates 471 hp and 455 pound-feet is found under the hood. Like the Wagoneer, this engine is bolted to an eight-speed automatic, while the top-tier Quadra-Trac II four-wheel-drive with a two-speed transfer case is standard. This engine makes the Grand Wagoneer slightly more powerful than the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator, but both of those have fast-reacting 10-speed automatics.
Given the Wagoneer family is based on a body-on-frame architecture, both are capable of towing up to 10,000 pounds. Grand Wagoneer features Jeep’s Quadra Lift air suspension, which is also optional on Wagoneer. The air suspension automatically lowers when parked to allow for easier egress/ingress. It can also be raised to maximize ground clearance to 10.1 inches.
Jeep’s push up-market is unquestionably inside the Wagoneer models. The overall interior design builds on the new Jeep Grand Cherokee theme, but adds some unique Wagoneer homages. The dash graphic is intended to mimic the grille, while a two-spoke steering wheel is a nod to the original Wagoneer. A floating 10.1-inch touchscreen display houses UConnect 5 and serves as a common design link with the new Grand Cherokee.
Authentic materials and standard Nappa leather add to the grandness of the Wagoneer interior. Grand Wagoneer amplifies this even further with standard Palermo leather. All models feature geniune wood and aluminum accents, of which there are plenty throughout the cabin.
Stellantis is also leveraging the Wagoneer models to amplify their technology position. All Wagoneers feature a 10.3-inch gauge cluster display, while an optional touchscreen is found under the large floating display to control the HVAC. This marks the first time HVAC controls have migrated to UConnect with touchscreen controls.
Grand Wagoneer features a new 10.3-inch productivity screen in front of the passenger. This display is not visible to the driver thanks to a privacy filter, but it allows passengers to control several vehicle functions and even display their smartphone through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. This piece of tech marks one of the most unique elements of the Grand Wagoneer.
All of these screens will allow control of new McIntosh audio systems. Wagoneer Series III and Grand Wagoneer come standard with a McIntosh MX950 setup that offers 19 speakers and a 950-watt amp. Grand Wagoneer Series III takes it a step further with the MX1375 Reference entertainment system. This setup yields 23 speakers 1,950 watts of power.
Both Wagoneers offer standard seating for eight, but buyers can opt for optional second row captains chairs. Overall interior space is on-par with the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition, with the Wagoneer claiming a slight advantage when it comes to overall space in the third row.
The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are available for pre-order reservations today. Deliveries of these new SUVs will commence later this summer. Both models are available in three trim levels: Series I, Series II and Series III.