As we get closer and closer to the launch of the production of the Jeep® brand’s new flagship lineup of full-size SUVs, we are also getting a better look at what is intended for the production Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer (WS) twins. Jeep has stated that the Wagoneer nameplate will become a portfolio of vehicles that redefines “American Premium” and delivers a unique customer experience and these latest round of spy photos are showing us what we can expect.
While the Grand Wagoneer will be the most luxurious vehicle ever from the Jeep brand, the standard Wagoneer will be more focused on more of the brand’s core principles. But judging by these photos of the Wagoneer’s interior, it will be offering a premium touch on its own despite its more wallet-friendly expectations.
Following the same design treatment as the Grand Wagoneer Concept, this Wagoneer tester carries over a lot of the same elements found on the concept vehicle to the production model. We can see the dual-spoke flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel from the concept has made it into this tester. While the badging is covered up on this Wagoneer tester, we expect it to say “Jeep” while the Grand Wagoneer will its “Grand Wagoneer’ nameplate instead.
While it is difficult to see in these shots due to sunlight, we know that the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer lineup will feature a massive 12.3-inch digital driver information display cluster behind the steering wheel. Jeep and the rest of the core-Mopar brands will be switching over to all digital clusters in the near future as we have started to see with the upcoming Grand Wagoneer. In the new digital cluster, drivers can customize their preferences in a number of ways thanks to the new Uconnect 5 software. This screen will also allow certain Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer models to display footage from the optional forward-facing Night Vision camera located in the vehicle’s front fascia.
Of course, there will also be the available Heads-up Display (HUD) system located in front of the driver too. While we can’t see if this exact model has the system due to the dash cover, we do know much of the details behind the new system thanks to its recent launch on the 2021 Ram 1500. The full-color display allows up to five different content areas to be displayed on the windshield at once through the Uconnect touchscreen. Those areas of interest include Lane Departure, Lane Keep Assist, adaptive cruise control, turn-by-turn navigation, current speed, current gear, and speed limit.
Looking towards the back of the steering wheel, we can see that the Wagoneer will continue the tradition of featuring audio controls located on the back of the wheel. We can also see a right-side-mounted stalk, more than likely for the windshield wipers.
Looking closely at the instrument panel (I/P), we can see the rubberized “elephant skin” texture that will be equipped on more mainstream Wagoneer models, although we expect the Grand Wagoneer models to feature a leather-wrapped dash and to stay away from the onyx glass look from the concept vehicle. We can also see that the production model will receive a more flush push-to-start button compared to the Grand Wagoneer Concept’s pod-shaped unit that was floating on the center I/P trim.
Now while the production Grand Wagoneer is expected to retain the concept’s 10.25-inch horizontal comfort display just below the main center-mounted infotainment touchscreen, as well as a passenger-side mounted 10.25-inch touchscreen that will provide the front passenger with information, these screens are absent from this Wagoneer. Instead, all focus goes to the massive 12.1-inch horizontal touchscreen. But, if you look closely, it appears that the Wagoneer will use a strategy from the new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WL) playbook.
While Jeep has introduced 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreens across the lineup of its fifth-generation Grand Cherokee models, the entry and mid-level models might get a 10.1-inch display but only 8.4-inches of the display are the touchscreen. So but closely examining these photos, we can see that while the huge display covers the I/P, it looks like only about 10-inches of the screen are actually used as a touchscreen. But we don’t doubt that you will be able to step up to the bigger screen on select Wagoneer models, like the Wagoneer Limited we recently talked about.
Underneath the Uconnect system, we can see the physical controls for much of the interior functions just like in the new Grand Cherokee. The Uconnect system also contains physical knobs on the edges of the infotainment system, however, they are much smaller than the ones found on the Ram 1500’s 12.1-inch Uconnect 4C display.
We do see that the Wagoneer does get a handsomely leather-wrapped center console, which is covered by the clipboard with datasheets from the driver. But we do know that the Wagoneer will retain the concept’s electronic rotary-dial shifter. We can see that covered cupholders will also make the Wagoneers list of features, as well as a sliding access door in the middle of the armest which appeared on the concept as well.
When zoomed out we can see that the Wagoneer will feature similar door panels as the concept vehicle as well. Door handles will be located up high on the door. It also appears that Jeep will equip some material up high on the door panel for those who like to cruise with the window down and their arm out.
The new Jeep Wagoneer will begin rolling off the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (WTAP) line this summer. With the first models expected to arrive in showrooms in the early third-quarter.
So what do you think about the all-new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer? What features are you most looking forward to? Let us know, in our dedicated WagoneerForums.org owner’s forums.