Jeep has finally unveiled the all-new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer after being previewed as a concept in 2020. Now serving as the two top-tier offerings of the Jeep lineup, the two Wagoneer models are not just Jeep’s biggest offerings yet, but they’re also the most luxurious Jeeps to date.
The all-new Jeep Wagoneer (shown in red) and Grand Wagoneer (shown in blue) are both full-size SUVs that ride on a body-on-frame chassis that’s heavily derived from the Ram 1500 full-size pickup. As a result, expect off-roading capabilities to be excellent. Both Wagoneer models are 249 mm longer, 102 mm taller and 160 mm wider and than the recently-unveiled Grand Cherokee L. But wait, doesn’t “Grand” mean bigger in Jeep speak? Why yes, that’s usually the case, but not for the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, with both SUVs basically measuring the same.
Nevertheless, while the two SUVs are largely the same, the main difference between the two is the level of opulence they offer. On the outside, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer looks more upscale due to the use of chrome elements and the absence of any form of black cladding. The grille, wheels, LED headlights and taillights are also different. In addition, the Grand Wagoneer gets power retractable step boards as standard. We’re also quite happy to report that the production Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer remain largely unchanged from the gorgeous Grand Wagoneer concept car that previewed these two SUVs.
The interior of both the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are more luxurious and opulent than any Jeep ever released. Both models feature premium materials, such as real wood inlays and extended leather on the dash and doors, though it’s the Grand Wagoneer that dials the opulence up to 11.
Oh, and we definitely have to talk about the sheer amount of screens. The Wagoneer comes with two screens as standard, a digital gauge cluster and a central UConnect 5 infotainment screen. On the other hand, the Grand Wagoneer gets five extra screens. One of these additional screens is located below the main infotainment which mainly controls the added functions for the 24-way adjustable front seats. In addition, this screen can be retracted since it also acts as another storage area. The front passenger also gets a touch screen, but it features a film that blocks the view from the driver’s seat.
Lastly, rear passengers of the Grand Wagoneer are treated to three optional screens. The additional center console third screen is bundled together with the individual second-row captain’s chairs, though buyers of the Grand Wagoneer can opt for a second-row bench seat if they prefer.
The Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are also the first vehicles to feature Amazon Fire TV for Auto, which means the Alexa voice assistant can be summoned in the car while the rear screens feature Amazon Prime TV. Movies and music from the UConnect 5 infotainment system can be played through a McIntosh surround sound system, which is standard in the Grand Wagoneer and optional in the Wagoneer.
Both the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are powered by V8 gasoline engines, though they aren’t exactly the same. In the case of the Wagoneer, it comes with a 5.7-liter V8 with an eTorque 48-volt mild-hybrid system from the Ram 1500. This engine has a system output of 392 hp and 548 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the Grand Wagoneer uses a naturally-aspirated big ‘ol 6.4-liter V8 that produces 471 hp and 617 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic.
As standard, the Jeep Wagoneer is offered in rear-wheel-drive (RWD), though two optional four-wheel-drive (4WD) systems with either a single or a Quadra-Trac II two-speed transfer case are available. Both 4WD systems feature five different terrain modes, while the Quadra-Trac II system, which is standard on the Grand Wagoneer, benefits from an electronic limited-slip differential.
The all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will go on sale in North America in the second half of 2021. Pricing for the Jeep Wagoneer starts at US$59,995 since Jeep is pitting this model against the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban. On the other hand, the more opulent Grand Wagoneer has a sticker price of US$88,995, putting it at the territory of the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Range Rover, BMW X7, and other full-size luxury SUVs.