There’s exciting news on the horizon for fans of the automobile manufacturer Jeep. After many years of speculation, the manufacturer is bringing back the famous Wagoneer namesake as a brand new model for the 2022 model year. The name pays homage to the Wagoneer models that were popular in the 1980’s as a luxury sport utility vehicle that had off-road capabilities. The new model appears to follow the same tradition as the original Wagoneer, providing drivers with a comfortable, luxurious ride while being able to tackle off-road terrain with ease. Much like Land Rover’s Range Rover models, the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be positioned at the top of Jeep’s lineup, and also will almost be a brand within a brand with separate distinctions between itself and that of Jeep’s nameplate. Further, dealers will be partitioned off to sell the Wagoneer brand as a “premium” model with special customer treatment during the buying and servicing process. The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be large vehicles, in the same range as Cadillac Escalades and Ford Expeditions. These models are the direct competitors to the Wagoneer, and very similar to these competitors, the structure of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be similar. The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be built on a truck frame, very similar to the Stellantis Ram 1500 frame, with a body on top of the frame. This provides more of a truck-like personality, however many adjustments to the Ram’s frame are made in order to provide more of a luxurious feel with dampened chassis dynamics. Powertrains will include Stellantis’ new hybrid drives, as well as large 5.7 and 6.4 liter V-8 engines. Pricing and availability have not been set as of yet, however details indicate that a base, rear-wheel drive version of the Wagoneer will start near $60k and with many options and trim models available, prices for the more luxurious Grand Wagoneer model can top out over the six-figure mark. First deliveries should take place later this year.
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