Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) has announced two new full-size SUVs, rebooting the classic Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer nameplates. The new SUVs offer seating for eight, traditional truck-based body-on-frame construction, V8 engines, and four-wheel-drive. The all-new Wagoneer models are expected to arrive in dealer showrooms in the second half of 2021.
The most affordable Wagoneer at launch is the Series II with a price around $68,000. The upgraded Wagoneer Series III starts near $73,000 with a 19-speaker McIntosh audio system, head-up display, and Quadra-Lift air suspension. The Grand Wagoneer Series I starts close to $87,000. There are four trim levels of Grand Wagoneer, with the top Series III trim starting at almost $104,000 including a 10.25-inch front passenger interactive display screen, quilted leather upholstery with massage, night vision technology, and a 23-speaker MX1375 audio system.
You will soon be able to build and price a Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer on Jeep’s official web site.
Jeep is targeting the Wagoneer to be a family SUV, with standard seating for eight passengers and an impressive array of standard safety and functional features. The Grand Wagoneer will be a step up into the premium SUV class, with a luxury interior and more technology options.
The Wagoneer features a 5.7-liter V8 engine (392 hp/404 lb-ft of torque) with an eTorque 48-volt hybrid power assist. The engine will feature fuel-saving technologies such as cylinder deactivation and variable cam timing as standard equipment. The Grand Wagoneer will come with a 6.4-liter V8 (471 hp/455 lb-ft of torque). Both engines have seen prior service in Ram trucks.
Both the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer come equipped with the TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission and the buyer’s choice of three available 4×4 systems including a full-time all-wheel drive and a traditional 4WD system with a 2-speed transfer case, plus a 4WD system with an optional electronic limited-slip differential. Jeep will also offer a Quadra-Lift air suspension.
Inside, both the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer have leather upholstery as standard, and the Grand Wagoneer features extensive American Walnut wood trim. Eight-passenger seating is standard, though Grand Wagoneer will offer second-row captain’s chairs and 7-passenger seating as an option.
Dashboard technology includes a 10.1-inch or 12.0-inch digital display and an updated Uconnect 5 operating system. Uconnect 5 is based on the Android operating system and allows over-the-air updates to add new features without requiring a dealership visit. Audio system options include several premium configurations using McIntosh components. A rear-seat entertainment system is also available.
Jeep has kept safety technology in focus, with a full suite of advanced driver assistance features available. Standard features on all Wagoneer models include adaptive cruise control, active lane management, blind spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking. Optional features include a new hands-free active driving assist function that allows the driver to take their hands off the steering wheel under certain limited circumstances. Night vision, active driving assist, drowsy driver alert, and automated parking assistance are all available.
All Wagoneer models will be built at the Stellantis Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Michigan, adding about 1,400 new jobs at that facility.
The domestic full-size SUV market has been dominated by General Motors with the Tahoe/Yukon/Escalade and Ford with the Expedition/Navigator for decades. Now Stellantis is making a strong play in the segment with both family and luxury offerings from the popular Jeep brand.