That the revived Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will acquire extended modifications, Motor Trend wrote back in September last year, a few days after the premiere of the concept SUV. Now the publication has repeated the same information, clarifying that the cars with increased distance between the axles will debut in 2022 as representatives of the 2023 model year. However, there is still no official confirmation.
Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer differ in engines, finishes and options, but they have the same dimensions, since in fact they are the same model: dimensions – 5.43×2.12×1.92 meters, wheelbase – 3.12 meters. The simpler Wagoneer aims to compete with the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition and GMC Yukon, while the luxury Grand is targeting the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.
“Jeeps” surpass their rivals in terms of interior and luggage compartment volumes, but the latter also have larger counterparts. Accordingly, the long-wheelbase Wagoneer should impose the struggle against the Chevrolet Suburban, Ford Expedition Max and GMC Yukon XL, and the Grand Wagoneer – Cadillac Escalade ESV and Lincoln Navigator L.
In parallel, the engine range will expand, now consisting of two V8s: a 5.7-liter 397-horsepower from Wagoneer and a 6.4-liter 477-horsepower from Grand Wagoneer. Jeep CEO Christian Meunier hinted to reporters that the company has a plan to electrify a new SUV. Actually, the aforementioned Grand Wagoneer Concept was a plug-in hybrid, but its characteristics were never revealed. Presumably, the power plant of the large luxury frame SUV will be similar to that used in the Wrangler 4xe, but the two-liter turbo four will be replaced with a V6.
In addition, Meunier explained why the designers did not find a place for the company’s nameplates on the new models. According to him, the characteristic styling and iconic name of Wagoneer is enough for people to unmistakably recognize Jeeps in SUVs – no logo is required for this. For example, Ford adheres to a similar philosophy with its Mustang and Bronco.