Popular Science has recognized the 10.25-inch Uconnect 5 front passenger interactive display in the Grand Wagoneer in its annual ‘Best of What’s New’ awards. The Grand Wagoneer is the first vehicle in its segment to feature a touchscreen for its front passenger.
“The Best of What’s New awards are our way of celebrating the most exciting and groundbreaking innovations of the year. These awards highlight the revolutionary inventions that are helping to improve our daily lives, our society, and our planet,” said Rob Verger, Technology Editor — Popular Science. “From the future of air travel to revolutionary skin care products, and from sustainable outdoors equipment to game-changing gadgets, this year’s list is a thrilling mix that we’re proud to call the Best of What’s New.”
The new Grand Wagoneer, introduced in 2022, marks the rebirth of the iconic American nameplate. The 2023 Grand Wagoneer is available with two 4×4 systems, exceptional driving dynamics, new advanced technology and safety features, seating capability for up to 8 people, and a best-in-class towing capability of up to 9,850 lbs.
The 2023 model year brings a new, extended, long-wheelbase Grand Wagoneer L model, as well as, a new 3.0-liter “Hurricane Twin-Turbo 510” engine providing 510 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque. The blacked-out Obsidian package is also now available on not only Grand Wagoneer Series II, but Grand Wagoneer Series III models as well.
Standard on Grand Wagoneer Obsidian and Grand Wagoneer Series III and available on Grand Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer Series II, the front passenger interactive display offers three major functions:
- Co-Pilot (navigation, device management)
- Entertainment (via HDMI or Amazon Fire TV Built-In with Rear Seat Entertainment control)
- Displaying views around the vehicle via exterior cameras and interior cameras (if equipped)
Featuring an HDMI plug, the front passenger interactive display also allows the front passenger to connect their phone or tablet, turning the touchscreen into a mirrored extension of their device, allowing internet searches and music and app use to project through the Uconnect 5 system.
Relax Mode is also available through the front passenger interactive display when the Grand Wagoneer is in park, creating an immersive experience by combining dramatic, multi-screen visuals with ambient lighting across the entire cockpit. There are multiple videos to choose from and each is inspired by natural wonders or phenomenon.
Grand Wagoneer is available with up to 75 inches of total digital display screen area, with nearly 45 inches of that spanning the length of the instrument panel: 12.3-inch instrument cluster, 12-inch horizontal touchscreen serves (main display screen in the center console), 10.25-inch horizontal comfort display touchscreen and 10.25 front passenger interactive display. When equipped with the optional Rear Seat Entertainment system, the cluster, radio, and passenger screens all show a coordinated animation display upon vehicle start-up.
“Throughout the launch of the new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, we’ve worked to deliver a new standard for American premium in the large SUV segment,” said Jim Morrison, Senior Vice President and Head of Jeep North America. “The ‘Best of What’s New’ honor from Popular Science for the front passenger interactive display is third-party validation that we are delivering class-leading technology and connectivity to our customers.”