By on October 18, 2016

2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The story goes that someone at a recent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealer meeting acted quickly when the automaker flashed images of future Jeep models across the screen.

While FCA hasn’t given the public so much as a hint of what the upcoming, range-topping Jeep looks like, we now have a better idea, all thanks to that person’s quick-draw camera. Oh, and there’s plenty of 2018 Wrangler details to gleam, too.

2018 Jeep grand wagoneer

Jeep’s Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are standalone models slotting above the Grand Cherokee, riding a version of that model’s next-generation platform. Expect mondo luxury when they land as 2019 models, we’re told. The top-shelf model could fetch as much as $140,000, Jeep brand head Mike Manley claims.

We can’t see the interior, but the model’s front sure looks imposing, suggesting larger overall dimensions than the Grand Cherokee. $140,000 calls for serious real estate, especially in America. Jeep’s seven-slot grille is compressed and widened on the Grand Wagoneer, stretching almost to Hummer proportions. Each headlamp carries seven LEDs, as does its taillights — no coincidence, for sure.

2018 Jeep Wrangler

Protruding from the lower bumper are what appear to be tow hooks, each contained within a gunport-like opening. Luxury doesn’t need to mean the elimination of manly brawn, it seems. Flanking those are LED foglights. In the rear, flush tailpipes carry on the gunport theme.

We’ll have to wait until the model draws closer to production for powertrain details. It’s possible the Grand Wagoneer could borrow components from other FCA-owned automakers — Maserati, perhaps. Or, it could be all Hellcat, all the time.

2018 Jeep Wrangler

There’s less mystery surrounding the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, but this is the first non-camouflaged model we’ve seen. Damn that dim light, though. The next-generation Wrangler’s Number One mission is to increase fuel economy and improve aerodynamics without damaging the “look” that makes the Wrangler such a draw. A lowered leading hood edge and more steeply slanted grille are in the works, along with a sharper rake to the windshield. Aluminum components, including the hood and doors, should help lower its curb weight. (One Jeep enthusiast already knows all about that hood.)

The image is dark, but it’s easy to spot larger turn signal lamps stretching most of the way across the leading edge of the front fenders. A broader, shapelier bumper clearly hints at aerodynamic improvements and friendlier pedestrian impacts. It seems there’s still a gap between bumper and fender, so thank God for that.

An eight-speed automatic transmission joins the model, with fuel efficiency gains stretched by the likely addition of a roughly 300 horsepower “Hurricane” four-cylinder engine. Don’t worry, a six-speed manual carries over. A diesel powerplant and a pickup variant are also on tap for the next-generation Wrangler, which should show itself sometime next year.

2018 Jeep Wrangler

[Images: KGP Photography]

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11 Comments on “Here’s Your First Look at the Jeep Grand Wagoneer (and More of the 2018 Wrangler)...”

  • avatar

    Wow these dimly lit pics were almost worth a post… almost.

    That camouflaged Wrangler looks like somebody put a Jeep front end on an old LR Discovery.

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    At least they seem to have resisted the urge to put a huge J E E P badge on the grille or tail like the current RAM trucks. Always think of “car RAM-rod” every time I see one with the huge letters

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      On the Wagoneer, there’s lots of real estate on the sides for those markings. I just hope they leave enough flat area for the vinyl wood grain customers will have to install themselves.

      The biggest puzzle for me will be the size of the Wagoneer. The original was 6 inches shorter, one inch narrower, and a six inches less wheelbase than the current Grand Cherokee. For a “Grand” Wagoneer, they’d have to use the 120 inch wheelbase of the 300/Charger/Challenger, four inches longer than the current GC, and keep the length around 196″ overall, six inches longer than the GC.

      Otherwise, it would be nothing more than another Grand Cherokee trim, but that’s the cheapest way to create it. AMC made a lot of money selling blinged out 1970s Wagoneers to the wealthy, but that niche is already covered by the Grand Cherokee, so unless the Grand Wagoneer is much bigger, it makes no sense.

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    So the new Jeeps look exactly like Jeeps. Yawn

  • avatar
    Domestic Hearse


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    How will Jeep get on selling the Renegade next to the Grand Wagoneer? Feels like a lack of cohesiveness between models. If you look at Land Rover you have the Range Rover family which stands for luxury. You have the Discory series which stands for premium 7 seaters. Both Range Rover and Discovery share common themes but are also distinct brands. The new Defender is clearly planning the same trick. Not sure Jeep have thought out the order of their model launches or brand cohesion at all.

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    Meant to add you can park any Land Rover model next to another and no matter the price it works….

  • avatar
    White Shadow

    I first saw those same first two pictures on the Jeep forums two years ago. You guys were duped.

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