Jeep Grand Wagoneer Update: This Could Go On for a While…

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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Clearly deciding that the protracted teaser campaign leading up to the debut of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was a template worthy of another go-round, Fiat Chrysler continues dropping sly suggestions of its upcoming full-size Jeep. In the absence of a defined reveal date, this could go on forever.

It already feels like it has.

— Jeep (@Jeep) August 14, 2020

Well, at least we know the upcoming Ram 1500-based SUV will feature its name somewhere on the outside of the vehicle. Interesting feature, that. Thanks to images tweeted out by Jeep on Friday, we can also see that the badging comes with an arguably gaudy gold finish, complete with a little American flag.

Make no mistake, this vehicle hails from Warren, not Mexico.

There’ll also be a way of starting up the engine from the inside of the vehicle. A push-button ignition will appear in this three-row vehicle, which is expected to top out north of $100k. Built alongside its lesser sibling, the Wagoneer, starting in the second quarter of 2021, the Michigan-built Grand Wagoneer is something Jeep should have had on the market at least a couple of years ago.

Still, better late than never, as the North American new vehicle market isn’t like Europe’s, where consumer trends are reversed almost overnight at the stroke of a lawmaker’s pen. As we told you already, the full-size SUV market in the U.S. is remarkably resilient.

While one could picture Jeep throwing out furtive glimpses and teasers for the rest of the year, the current week has already seen two such mini-reveals. That’s quite a pace to keep up. Expect a debut within the next couple of months, and perhaps a lot sooner than you think.

Of course, Jeep could choose to make its Grand Wagoneer the star of November’s L.A. Auto Show, but there’s no way that still-uncancelled show’s happening, given the virus situation.

[Image: Jeep]

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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Aug 15, 2020

    As I've said before, Chrysler has continually dropped the large SUV ball. There should have been a Ram-based Suburban competitor in 1995. Here we are, TWENTY FIVE years later, and they still don't have a full-size SUV. The Wagoneer name has grown dust alongside the Grand, and Ramcharger which would be the Tahoe Sport entry. Shocking incompetence. But hey, at least we had all those other great Chrysler products 1995-2008.

    • FreedMike FreedMike on Aug 15, 2020

      Agreed 100% - they could have sold the living heck out of a full sized Ram SUV. Call it the "Ramcharger." Maybe the Aspen/Durango disaster gave them cold feet? It's ball-drop after ball-drop for these guys. Dodge Dart...Chrysler 200...Fiat...Alfa...Maserati... FCA should thank its' lucky stars for Jeep and Ram - it would have been dead LONG ago otherwise.

  • Whatnext Whatnext on Aug 15, 2020

    Uh, I hope the stars and stripes won't be on export market vehicles.

  • Matzel I am hoping that Vee-Dub will improve the UX and offer additional color options for the 2024 Mk8.5 refresh for Canada. Until then, I'll be quite happy with my '21 GTI performance pack. It still puts a smile on my face going through the twisty bits.
  • Stanley Steamer There have been other concepts with BYOT, that I have always thought was a great idea. Replacing bespoke parts is expensive. If I can plug in a standard 17" monitor to serve as my instrument panel, as well as speakers, radio, generic motors, batteries, I'm for it. Cheaper repair, replacement, or upgrade costs. Heck I'd even like to put in my own comfy seats. My house didn't come with a built in LaZboy. The irony is that omitting these bespoke items at the point of sale allows me to create a more bespoke car as a whole. It's hard to imagine what an empty rolling monocoque chassis would look like capable of having powertrains and accessories easily bolted on in my garage, but something like the Bollinger suv comes to mind.
  • Iam65689044 Sometimes I'm glad the French don't sell in America. This is one of those times.
  • SCE to AUX I was going to scoff, but the idea has some merit.The hard part would be keeping the weight and cost down. Even on the EPA cycle, this thing could probably get over 210 miles with that battery.But the cost - it's too tempting to bulk up the product for profits. What might start as a $22k car quickly becomes $30k.Resource-deprived people can't buy it then, anyway, and where will Kyle get the electricity to charge it in 2029 Los Angeles?
  • SPPPP How does one under-report emissions by 115 percent? If you under-report by 100 percent, that means you said your company's products and operations cause no emissions at all, right? Were these companies claiming that their operations and products clean the air, leaving it better than when they got there?On the other hand, if someone was trying to say that the true emissions number is 115 percent higher than was reported, then the actual under-reporting value would be 53.5 percent. True emissions would be set at a nominal value of 100. The reported emissions would be 46.5. Take 115 percent of 46.5 and you get 53.5. Add 46.5 and 53.5 together and you get back to 100.A skim of the linked article indicates that the second reading is correct - meaning the EU is *actually claiming* that the worst offender (Hyundai and Kia) under-reported by 53.5 percent, and VW under-reported by 36.7 percent ((1 - (100/158))*100).I find it also funny that the EU group is basically complaining that the estimated lifetimes of Toyota vehicles are too short at 100,000km. Sure, the vehicles may be handed down from original purchasers and serve for a longer time than that. But won't that hand-me-down resale also displace an even older vehicle, which probably gets worse emissions? The concept doesn't sound that unreasonable.