2022 Jeep Wagoneer Finally Fully Revealed
The endless tease is over. The Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are finally here.
It feels like we’ve been talking about this vehicle forever. We’ve it ad nauseam, I saw an undisguised prototype up close at a (COVID safe) outdoor event hosted by Chrysler last fall, and we’ve debated its merits in Slack more than once. I’ll let you guess which staffer liked/disliked it.
Finally, now, Jeep and [s]FCA [/s] Stellantis have shown us the real deal.
Jeep’s newest SUV is the harbinger of a subbrand, and it has luxury competition in its sights.
An intention to steal upscale-SUV buyers from cross-town rivals like Chevy and Ford doesn’t mean that Jeep is going to get away from its 4×4 heritage. Three different four-wheel-drive systems – Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II will be offered.
Available off-road features and/or features of note to large SUV shoppers will include active low range, rear electronic limited-slip differential, 48:1 crawl ratio, traction management system, the ability to ford up to 24 inches of water, air suspension, up to 10 inches of ground clearance, and up to 10,000 pounds of towing capacity.
Both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will have three-row seating standard, with seating for up to eight people.
Jeep may be an established off-road leader, but it also appears to be going for a new area of dominance – screens. You can get up to 75 inches of screen area, including 45 inches on the front dash. That includes 10.1- and 12-inch center-stack touchscreens that are configurable and can be set up as a dual-screen. Of course, the Wagoneer gets the newest version of Uconnect.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, and there are two separate Bluetooth hookups for phones. There’s also TV integration via Alexa and Fire TV – yeah, you read that correctly. The screen setup allows the passenger to help navigate, to watch the exterior vehicle cameras, or to watch entertainment via an HDMI cable or the Fire TV. For the sake of marital bliss, it might be better for the passenger to watch entertainment than to navigate.
There’s also an available 10.25-screen for the rear. A non-screen available creature comfort is four-zone climate control. Both of those are marked for the Grand Wagoneer but not the regular.
A 360-degree camera with night vision and pedestrian/animal detection is available, along with wireless charging, and digital rearview mirror.
Parking assist and hands-free driving assist will be available.
Key mechanicals include a steel frame – the Wagoneer is body-on-frame, by the way – an electronically controlled suspension, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and two V8 engines.
The first is a 5.7-liter that makes 392 horsepower and 404 lb-ft of torque. This engine has cylinder deactivation and a mild-hybrid setup.
Grand Wagoneer models will get a 6.4-liter V8 with 471 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque.
Other key available features include a trailer-assist system, premium audio, head-up display, adaptive cruise control, active-driving assist, drowsy-driving detection, and traffic-sign recognition. There will be three trims for Wagoneer and four for Grand Wagoneer.
A Grand Wagoneer-only Obsidian trim will offer 22-inch wheels, special grille and mirrors, and other unique exterior and interior trim bits.
Jeep is sweetening the pot by also offering five years free maintenance, concierge support, roadside assistance, and pickup and dropoff for service appointments. A cynic might note that certain luxury brands have already offered some or all of those services for their buyers for years, even on vehicles that cost less than what Jeep will charge for these two. Maybe I just did in a very Midwestern passive-aggressive manner.
Pricing starts at $57,995, and $86,995 (!) for the Grand Wagoneer. Of course, Mopar accessories will be available.
If that pricing hasn’t dropped you to the floor, you can order your Wagoneer now, with deliveries expected to begin in the second half of this year.
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Ok, so I created an account just to weigh in on this topic. I am 35 so old enough to remember the original Wagoneer and also a large SUV serial purchaser, the bigger the better for my family of 5 and 2 dogs. Carpools, concerts and kids sports has proven I cannot live without a 3rd row. Just since 2011 I have owned Acura MDX, Range Rover Sport HSE, Cadillac Escalade Platinum ESV, and currently Mercedes GLS 63 AMG. So I’d say I’m qualified to weigh in here. I’ve been on a constant search for a luxury 3 rd row SUV with as many options and features as possible as well as beautiful styling and plenty of cargo space. My current Mercedes, although the most prestigious is my least favorite SUV I’ve owned. I was considering going back to the Escalade the next day after I bought the GLS. However, Escalade is having terrible production issues. I’m So glad I waited because when I saw the Grand Wagoneer and all Of the available features, I soon realized this SUV is worth every Penny as it has loads more options, tech, and features than all of my previous cars combined. Yesterday the dealer got the first one in and brought it to my house so I could take a look at it. In person, it is massive and beautiful! The only downside I found is they don’t have an extended version to give me more trunk space. However the captains chairs with middle counsel and screen, brass branding hardware on exterior, camera rear view mirror (like my Escalade), gorgeous Tupelo Honey quilted leather interior, and especially the Amazon Fire TV equipped rear entertainment was more than enough to make up for lack of trunk space. I haven’t found a luxury SUV with all of these feature plus class. I also like the idea that these aren’t on the road yet and not like every other car I see in my neighborhood being an Escalade, Tahoe, or Suburbans. So, without hesitation, or even a test drive, I jumped and custom ordered my own Grand Wagoneer III. I chose the highest trim because of course, sneaky jeep only offers the gorgeous Tupelo Honey interior with that level. On top of that, I had to add 2k to get the Amazon package. With 3 backseat screens and a passenger screen, I believe it’s well worth the money to keep my kids entertained and not bickering. I have to disagree with the article. It’s got way more features than any other luxury 3rd row SUV and will stand the test of time! Oh and BTW, I do plan to add the custom wood paneling after market ;)