Although the all-new 2022 Grand Wagoneer and Wagoneer (WS) is considered part of the premium sub-brand (Wagoneer) of Jeep®, the full-size SUV duo continues to offer a best-in-class off-road capability rating. But it may shock some, that the Wagoneer nor the Grand Wagoneer earn the iconic “Trail Rated” Jeep rating.
In order to be a Trail Rated Jeep, the vehicle must pass five outlined criteria in order to place the Trail Rated medallion on its fender. The five criteria are traction, water fording, articulation, maneuverability, and ground clearance. Both Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer meet all of those criteria, except maneuverability.
Now, the full-size body-on-frame (BoF) SUVs are just too big to maneuver down most moderate trails, Jeep does offer Advanced All-Terrain Group packages for its Wagoneer Series II and Series III trims. But for those looking at the more ultra-premium Grand Wagoneer offering, there isn’t an off-road package available. It doesn’t stop the Grand Wagoneer owners from having a very capable off-roader thanks to Jeep’s legendary Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive (4×4) system, which features a full-time, two-speed transfer case with an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD).
The Quadra-Lift air suspension is also standard on all Grand Wagoneer models. The four-corner air suspension system allows for optimal ride and aerodynamic performance. Another benefit of the air suspension is the load-leveling capability, which automatically detects load on the suspension from a trailer or payload. The gas pressure increases until the vehicle reaches normal ride height, leveling the vehicle and improving the loaded ride. Additionally, a separate button on the key fob gives the operator the ability to manually lower the vehicle, allowing for ease of passenger entry and cargo loading. The Quadra-Lift suspension can lift the Grand Wagoneer up to 10.1-inches of ground clearance.
Thanks to sharing many components with the 2019+ Ram 1500 (DT), there is a wide array of goodies from the aftermarket. We expect a good portion of those parts will be available for the Grand Wagoneer as well.
Talented digital artist Abimelec Arellano (@abimelecdesign) has decided to test the waters by seeing just how much off-roadworthiness the new Grand Wagoneer really has. With an increased lift, a set of off-road roof lights, and Satin Black exterior paint color, the presence of the Grand Wagoneer turns much more aggressive than the cozy premium SUV we have come accustomed to since arriving in dealers.
To help add to its stance and capability in the traction department, Abimelec equipped the Grand Wagoneer with a set of Satin Black finished KMC Wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain rubber.
With a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 from the Grand Cherokee and Durango SRT, the 6.4-liter has been tuned for a more refined experience. However, the HEMI delivers 471 horsepower and 455 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s plenty of power to tackle most off-road objects.
As Abimelec posted on his Instagram post, “Jeeps are always great platforms to customize, and the new Grand Wagoneer is no exception.” With that statement, we have to agree.
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