After former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO, the late Sergio Marchionne revealed that the Jeep® brand would be bringing back the iconic Grand Wagoneer nameplate just over a decade ago, the iconic American brand is set to finally kick off production of the all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer (WS) this fall. The new Grand Wagoneer will be the modern expression of the original, ultimate, premium sport utility vehicle (SUV). Grand Wagoneer will also be packed with ultra-premium, leading-edge features, and technology, unlike any Jeep product before it.
While we have seen dozens of spy photos of the all-new Grand Wagoneer and its more mainstream Wagoneer sibling in various stages of testing. Our spy photographers have caught the new Grand Wagoneer, showing off even more details than ever before, as it gets ready to begin production this summer at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (WTAP) in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan.
For the first time, we have seen a pre-production tester out on public roads. We can tell this by the production barcodes on the windshield and rear window, that are given to the vehicles when they come off the production line for tracking. This means that the WTAP plant is hard at work manufacturing models for fast feedback validation as it gets ready to be one of the most luxurious vehicles on North American roads.
In these latest photos, we finally get to see the top of the production Grand Wagoneer’s new grille. It shows the “W-A-G-O-N-E-E-R” text from last year’s Grand Wagoneer Concept will make it to production. It does not appear that they will be lit up like the ones on the concept, but if you look closely at the grille you will notice that it is still taped off from prying up. If you squint hard enough, you will see the ridges between the seven-slot grille similar to the Grand Wagoneer Concept which housed small LEDs that is part of the new “welcome” sequence. These notches are not on the more mainstream Wagoneer, indicating that Jeep may well indeed feature them on the top-of-the-line Grand Wagoneer model.
Still looking at the grille, we also notice a different grille insert texture from the concept. It appears that it matches the top-tier Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve model. This could mean that Jeep is indeed copying some of the Grand Cherokee trim-levels for the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models. Like the new Grand Cherokee (WL), we see the new Grand Wagoneer also features a Night Vision camera located in the middle section of the front bumper.
We also see that twin bi-functional LED projector headlamps, LED fog lamps, and LED daytime running lights (DRLs) featuring switchback technology are located in the headlight brow will highlight the front of the vehicle. Switchback LED strips are also located in the side mirrors as well.
Lighting will be a huge part of Grand Wagoneer’s presence on the street. One of our keen-eyed readers sent us a small clip of footage showing that the Grand Wagoneer will be featuring sequential LED taillamps. Just like the concept, LED taillamps wrap around the rear quarter panel to the back of the vehicle and create a solid form.
Engineers have done a great job of hiding them, but they are there. LED backup lights are housed next to the reflector in the lower part of the rear bumper, giving the clear housings of the taillamps room to express more design detail. Wagoneer models will differentiate by featuring solid red taillamp housings. An LED strip for the third brake light is located at top of the rear liftgate glass.
From the side, the Grand Wagoneer looks more slab-sided towards the lower rocker panels than the Wagoneer model, because of a new set of trick hidden power running boards. Expect the Grand Wagoneer to ride on the Quadra-Lift air suspension, a new independent rear suspension, and rear coil spring suspension to give the Grand Wagoneer a best-in-class ride. According to our sources, Jeep is working hard at delivering best-in-class noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), so expect the Grand Wagoneer to not only be refreshing to drive but to offer an amazing passenger experience as well.
We know Grand Wagoneer will ride on 22-inch aluminum wheels since this vehicle is wearing the same Goodyear Eagle Touring tires as the Ram 1500 Limited on which its architecture is based.
Peaking between the roof rails on the roof is a massive Command-View Panoramic Sunroof. While we can’t be 100% sure, it is safe to say that the production models will not be fitted with a glass panel featuring a map of Metro Detroit like the concept did.
While we expect the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 to be the standard powerplant in the mainstream Wagoneer, with the option of a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 being available. We expect that 5.7-liter HEMI V8 featuring eTorque mild-hybrid technology will be standard on the Grand Wagoneer. The HEMI will be joined by an all-new 3.0-liter turbocharged high-output inline-six-cylinder making around 450 horsepower or more. The new inline-six-cylinder is part of the Global Medium Engine (GME) family and expect it to feature eTorque technology as well. The “GME-T6” as it is internally called, will make its first appearance ever under the hood of the Grand Wagoneer later this fall. Both the HEMI V8 and GME-T6 will be mated to TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmissions.
There will also be a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle (PHEV) version of the Grand Wagoneer available. While we still don’t know all the details yet, it will make its debut in the 2023 model year. Expect it to have similar technology as the new 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe.
The Grand Wagoneer will also feature the legendary Quadra-Drive® II 4×4 system. The system features a rear electronic limited-slip differential for a best-in-class capability that will live up to that of the legendary Grand Wagoneer (SJ).
Thanks to the Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System, Grand Wagoneer will feature several modes including Auto (for everyday driving), Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud, or Rock for specific driving conditions. The Quadra-Drive II system also features a neutral mode for trailering behind a recreational vehicle. When traction is lost, torque can be sent (up to 100%) to the wheel with the most traction. Torque can be sent front to back or side to side.
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