By on November 17, 2016

2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

We’ve seen some early images, and we know that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles feels the upcoming Jeep Wagoneer could warrant a price tag of up to $140,000.

What the folks at Jeep aren’t exactly sure of is how diverse they want the brand’s flagship SUV to be when it rolls out, likely as a 2019 model. One this is for sure — a model that exclusive likely needs some electrification, and Jeep brand chief Mike Manley knows it.

According to Car and Driver, Manley told journalists yesterday that by the time the model bows, a certain amount of electrification will be a “required.”

Other makers of ultra-lux SUVs have upped their hybrid game, greenwashing the stately barges to satisfy public sentiment and environmental regulators. Manley has said in the past that he wants the Grand Wagoneer to compete with the likes of Range Rover, Porsche and BMW, and not offering a hybrid powertrain could make it look like a poser in the six-figure field.

Manley reportedly hinted that a plug-in hybrid powertrain is Jeep’s goal for the eco-conscious variant. So, where would FCA find such an accessory? Well, the automaker could source components from the far-less-exclusive Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. There’s also the next-generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler, which is is expected to offer a hybrid powertrain and seems a more compatible source.

Jeep’s Grand Wagoneer will ride atop a variant of the next-generation Grand Cherokee platform, but its diversity could go well beyond its powertrain offerings. Manley said the brand still hasn’t decided whether to offer the model in different wheelbases.

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