Every few months, the Auburn Hills, Michigan headquarters of Stellantis gets a new look with a wrap on the building’s 15-story tower. Many in the Metro Detroit area noticed that workers were taking down the last wrap which featured the MotorTrend “Truck of the Year” winner, the Ram 1500 TRX on Friday. Overnight, a more patriotic look was installed celebrating the return of the 2022 Jeep® Grand Wagoneer nameplate to the lineup.
The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer nameplates return, as a premium extension to the Jeep brand and the return of the American icon. Rooted in Jeep brand heritage, the new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models are aiming to return the automaker to more premium levels of sophistication than ever before.
The 5.4 million-square-foot complex is the second-largest building in the U.S. in floor space. Only the Pentagon is larger. Over 200,000 cars travel past the building on Interstate 75 (I-75) in Auburn Hills, daily. The 15-story tower is the centerpiece of the complex and can be seen for quite a distance down the interstate.
The 2022 Grand Wagoneer is inspired by modern, sophisticated, and detail-oriented appointments crafted to exemplify American quality and personify prestige, success, and intelligence. A unified focus on integrated opulence and technology delivers an innovative experience for each passenger. The 2022 Grand Wagoneer Series I offers a starting U.S. MSRP of $86,995 USD (Canadian MSRP of $100,995).
A modern interpretation of American success creates a new timeless, iconic design. The legendary seven-slot grille hints at Grand Wagoneer’s family ties and features paint-over-chrome laser-etched grille rings, similar to a knurled finish seen on fine watches. Grand Wagoneer Series III models feature raised aluminum badging with two-piece copperchino-accented letters that add to the refinement and highlight the attention to detail.
Grand Wagoneer models feature a two-tone black accent roof, distinctive hood, front end, grille, unique premium LED lighting, fender flares, and power-retractable side steps as standard equipment. A full suite of exterior LED lights with Dynamic Turn Signal, including premium LED headlamps, fog lamps, and taillamps amplify the new aesthetic. Upon remote start, Grand Wagoneer’s exterior LED lights subtly engage with an available full “welcome” sequence.
Front tow hooks are incorporated into Grand Wagoneer’s front end when equipped with the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package.
From the rear, LED taillamps stretch from the rear quarter panel to the liftgate, achieving an upscale appearance. Unique “Series” badging on the liftgate showcases how a particular vehicle is configured in a subtle way. A Class IV hitch is integrated into the rear bumper.
Grand Wagoneer models come standard on 20- or 22-inch aluminum wheels featuring a multitude of finishes and textures. A three-dimensional wheel cap highlighting the Wagoneer logo is suspended in acrylic.
While the original Grand Wagoneer famously featured extensive use of wood on its exterior, the new Grand Wagoneer features genuine handcrafted Satin American Walnut wood in abundance on the interior. Sculpted Satin American Walnut wood was chosen both for its elegance and durability.
Grand Wagoneer features the latest, most advanced Uconnect system ever, with a 12-inch digital display and intuitive user experience. An available 10.25-inch passenger screen features four major functions: Co-Pilot (navigation, device management), entertainment (via HDMI or Rear Seat Entertainment control), Fire TV for Auto, and the ability to view the exterior vehicle cameras. Passenger screens in both the front and rear feature an HDMI plug, which lets occupants connect their phone or tablet, turning the touchscreen into a mirrored extension of their device, allowing internet searches, music, and app use to project through the Uconnect 5 system.
Available on Grand Wagoneer Series I and Series II, standard on Grand Wagoneer Series III, the premium and exclusive McIntosh MX1375 Reference Entertainment System, which employs 23 specifically tuned speakers, including one of the highest performing 12-inch subwoofers in the industry, is powered by a 24-channel 1,375-watt amplifier.
The 2022 Grand Wagoneer is powered by a 6.4-liter V-8 engine delivering 471 horsepower and 455 lb.-ft. of torque. Engineered to deliver class-leading V-8 performance and best-in-class towing capability, the plentiful low-end torque delivers in demanding conditions such as towing a boat or camper.
With seating for up to eight passengers on all models, Grand Wagoneer models feature a spacious third row – a first for the nameplate. Second-row captain’s chairs – another first-time offering – are standard on Grand Wagoneer and offer more comfort and space than any other vehicle in the segment.
The new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will begin Job #1 production later this month at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Michigan.
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