After a hiatus of 30 years, the iconic Jeep® Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer nameplates will return this summer. It has been over a decade since the brand announced its intentions to bring the iconic nameplate back to its lineup of sport utility offerings. The new entry-level Wagoneer comes into the 21st century with a whole new outlook for the segment, needless to say, this isn’t your father or grandfather’s Wagoneer.
Although the Jeep brand has announced most of the details surrounding its Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer lineup, except for one model – the entry-level Wagoneer Series I. The Wagoneer Series I will be available as rear-wheel-drive only in the United States and comes standard with Jeep’s Quadra-Track I full-time single-speed four-wheel-drive (4×4) for Canada.
With a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $57,995 (excluding $2,000 for destination) for the United States and $69,995 (excluding $2,495 for destination) for the Canadian market, the entry-level Wagoneer offerings are far from cheap. The Wagoneer Series I will also not be making an appearance until later in the model year as well, making the entry-level offerings even harder to come by.
Our spy photographers happened to catch one of these new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series I models out testing on public roads recently. This particular model still has some of its swirl camouflage stuck to its front bumper, as well as black-painted wheels, tow hooks, and grille which automatically tells us that this was one of the earlier fully camouflaged models out testing.
Looking at the exterior of this tester, we can see a lot of details about the upcoming Wagoneer Series I. There are pair of fixed side steps that appear to be molded into the sills of the vehicle. Even though some of the chrome accents are painted black, we can see chrome accents in the front fascia, roof rails, upper window trim, front grille surround, under the rear liftgate, and side sills.
We can also see that this vehicle is wearing a set of 20-inch 6-spoke wheels (which Jeep says will be machined cast aluminum with Baltic Gray pockets), wrapped in 275/55R20 Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza All-Season tires.
Under the hood of the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with an eTorque mild-hybrid system, which is standard across the lineup. The 5.7-liter HEMI is good for 392 horsepower (292kW) and 404 lb.-ft. (548 Nm) of torque. It is paired up with an 8HP75 8-speed automatic transmission powering the rear-wheel wheels.
Inside, the Wagoneer doesn’t disappoint, welcoming passengers with best-in-class passenger room in all three rows. Upfront, the driver will be welcomed with a standard 10.3-inch digital cluster which can be customized to meet the driver’s preferences. Wagoneer models come standard with a 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen display, despite it being housed in a 12-inch frame. The new Uconnect 5 system offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability and is 5-times faster than the system it replaces.
Despite today’s models being the standard wheelbase versions of the Wagoneer (a long-wheelbase model will debut in 2022), the three-row standard model has a 2.1-inch longer wheelbase than the Chevrolet Tahoe. According to the official specifications, the Wagoneer is 3.3-inches longer in overall length which allows the Wagoneer to have additional 1.9 cubic feet of cargo room (27.4 cubic feet in total) than the Tahoe.
There will be 7 exterior colors available for the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer. Those colors include Diamond Black, Bright White, Luxury White, Silver Zynith, Baltic Gray, Velvet Red, and River Rock Blue.
So what do you think of the new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer? Let us know in the comments below, or in our dedicated WagoneerForums.org owner’s forums.
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