When you think of the Jeep® brand, you usually think about off-road capability. But while the new 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer (WS) are often thought of as a premium extension of the Jeep brand, many people forget that the off-road capability extends to those vehicles. That is even without having the brand’s “Trail Rated” badge on their fenders.
But why isn’t there a Trail Rated badge available on the Wagoneer?
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. The new Wagoneer models meet all of these criteria except one… maneuverability.
The full-size body-on-frame SUVs are just too big to maneuver down most moderate trails, but it doesn’t mean that Jeep hasn’t built the most capable off-road-oriented offering in the premium SUV segment. Enter the Wagoneer Series II and Series III with Advanced All-Terrain Group. The Advanced All-Terrain Group provides the Wagoneer models with 10-inches of ground clearance, skid plates, tow hooks, and off-road all-terrain tires paired to Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II® Transfer Case. The combination allows the Wagoneer the ability to tackle most trails with ease.
The Advanced All-Terrain Group (AM2) comes with the following equipment…
- 275/65R18 Firestone Destination AT2 All-Terrain Tires (Wagoneer Series II)
- 18-inch x 8-inch Machined Cast Aluminum with Black Noise-Painted Pockets (Wagoneer Series II)
- 275/55R20 Falken Wildpeak A/T All-Terrain Tires (Wagoneer Series III)
- 20-inch x 9-inch Machined Cast Aluminum with Satin Granite Crystal-Painted Pockets (Wagoneer Series III)
- Quadra-Drive II® Transfer Case with 4×4 Low Active, Neutral, Full-Time Active 4×4
- Electronic Limited-Slip Rear Differential
- Quadra-Lift Air Suspension
- 3.92 Rear Axle Ratio
- Selec-Speed® Control
- Transfer Case Skid Plate
- Fuel Tank Skid Plate
- Front Suspension Skid Plate
- Bright Tow Hooks
- Removable Rear Tow Hook
Powering the Wagoneer is the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with an eTorque mild-hybrid system. The 5.7-liter HEMI is good for 392 horsepower (292kW) and 404 lb.-ft. (548 Nm) of torque and is paired up with an 8HP75 8-speed automatic transmission.
The eTorque mild hybrid system replaces the traditional alternator on the engine with a belt-driven motor generator unit that performs several functions. The motor-generator unit works with a 48-volt battery pack to enable quick and seamless start/stop function, short-duration torque addition to the engine crankshaft in certain driving situations as well as brake energy regeneration, which improves responsiveness and efficiency.
With the engine running, eTorque’s motor generator unit feeds a 48-volt current to a 430 watt-hour lithium-ion Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC)-Graphite battery. In addition to spinning the engine for restarts, the eTorque unit also recaptures energy during deceleration and braking to feed charge to the battery pack.
Now, it seems the off-road-oriented models are starting to arrive in dealer inventories. This particular 2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series III with the Advanced All-Terrain Group, as of the writing of this article, is currently available at Ed Voyles Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Marietta, Georgia.
Optioned with the additional Convenience Group I (ACC), Premium Group I (ANF), and Heavy-Duty Trailer-Tow Group (ABR) packages, this Wagoneer carries a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) of $88,320 (including a $2,000 destination charge). Of course, like most vehicles in today’s car market, there is a dealer markup to an asking price of $89,414. Not too bad, considering what we have seen out there.
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