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Jeep Wagoneer family vs. Grand Cherokee L by the specs

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Jeep has had a tough time keeping a three-row SUV in its lineup. In fact, it’s been 11 years since its last failed attempt when the Commander made its 5-year, single generation appearance. So, it’s interesting that Jeep will now have three different three-row SUVs: Grand Cherokee L, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. And, what exactly does this mean for Wagoneer vs. Grand Cherokee L?

Jeep insists that the two vehicles are very different and will not attract the same customers, so we decided to take a look at the key specs below to showcase the differences side-by-side.

A few notables

The biggest difference, and we’ve known this since the launch of the Grand Cherokee L, is the fact that the Wagoneer SUVs will be body-on-frame and the Grand Cherokee L is a unibody construction. Thus, the Wagoneer duo will be larger, more powerful, more capable and have better towing capability.

It’s worth noting the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be 10 inches wider and 10 inches longer than Grand Cherokee L. With that in mind, it makes sense the Wagoneer family will seat up to eight passengers, and the Grand Cherokee L only goes up to seven.

Wagoneer vs. Grand Cherokee L

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L (Image courtesy of Stellantis North America)

Price is also going to be a huge differentiator, as there will be a $20K price difference between Wagoneer and Grand Cherokee L. Want more lux-level amenities? You’ll add another $30K for Grand Wagoneer. While the idea of an $86K Jeep without a Hellcat engine might be tough to swallow, we have another shocker for you: Jeep execs have said there will be a range-topping Grand Wagoneer model that will be priced around $111K.

A final note on the Wagoneer vs. Grand Cherokee L before jumping to the spreadsheet: Only the 3.6-liter engine in the Grand Cherokee L recommends using unleaded regular fuel. The 5.7-liter engines in the Grand Cherokee L and Wagoneer recommend mid-grade fuel, and the 6.4-liter engine in the Grand Wagoneer recommends premium.

 Wagoneer/Grand WagoneerGrand Cherokee L
Vehicle TypeFour-door sport-utility vehicle Four-door sport-utility vehicle 
Assembly PlantWarren Truck Assembly Plant, Warren, Michigan Detroit Assembly Complex – Mack Plant, Detroit, Michigan 
EPA Vehicle ClassMultipurpose vehicle Multipurpose vehicle 
PlatformBody on frameUnibody
LayoutFront engine, rear- or four-wheel drive Front engine, rear- or four-wheel drive 
ConstructionSteel frame Steel uniframe 
Engines:5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with eTorque hybrid assist (Std. Wagoneer); 6.4-liter V-8 (Std. Grand Wagoneer)3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 (Std. Laredo, Limited, Overland and Summit); 5.7-liter V-8
Horsepower392 hp @ 5,600 rpm (5.7L); 471 @ 6,000 rpm (6.4L)290 hp @ 6,400 rpm (3.6L); 357 @ 5,150 rpm (5.7L)
Torque404 lb.-ft. @ 3,950 rpm (5.7L): 455 lb.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm (6.4L)257 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm (3.6L); 390 lb.-ft. @ 4,250 rpm (5.7L)
Fuel Requirement5.7L: Unleaded mid-grade, 89 octane recommended, Unleaded regular, 87 octane acceptable; 6.4L: Premium 91 octane recommended3.6L: Unleaded regular, 87 octane; 5.7L: Unleaded mid-grade, 89 octane, recommended; Unleaded regular, 87 octane acceptable
TransmissionTorqueFlite 8HP75 automatic, 8-speed overdriveTorqueFlite 8HP70 automatic, 8-speed overdrive
Front supspensionShort- and long-arm independent with hybrid steel composite upper control arm, aluminum lower control arm, aluminum knuckle, coil springs with monotube shocks or Quadra-lift air suspension with semi-active damping, solid or hollow stabilizer barMulti-link independent front suspension, coil springs, gas-charged, twin-tube coilover shock absorbers, all aluminum arms and knuckles
Rear suspensionFive-link independent rear suspension, coil springs with monotube load leveling shocks or Quadra-lift air suspension with semi-active damping, solid or hollow stabilizer bar, cast aluminum links (tension, compression, camber, toe), high strength steel spring linkMulti-link rear suspension, coil spring, twin tube shocks (including load leveling for towing), all aluminum arms and knuckles (including extruded aluminum spring links)
SteeringElectric rack-and-pinion steeringElectric rack-and-pinion steering 
Brakes:Electronic power brakes (eBooster), anti-lock brake system (ABS)Electric boost
Front rotor size & type14.88 x 1.18 inches; vented disc13.94 x 1.10 inches; vented disc 
Rear rotor size & type14.76 x 0.87 inches; solid disc13.78 x 0.87 inches; vented disc 
Wheelbase123.0 inches121.7 inches
Track, Front 68.5 inches65.4 inches
Track, Rear68.3 inches65.4 inches
Overall Length214.7 inches204.9 inches
Overall Width (width at mirrors)94.0 inches84.6 inches
Body Width83.6 inches77.9 inches
Overall Height75.6 / 77.3 inches (at roof rail / at antenna)71.5 inches
Ground Clearance (with 275/55R20 tire and 5.7-liter engine)8.3 inches — standard suspension; 10.0 inches — air suspension (Pos#2)8.5 inches - standard suspension; 10.9 inches — air suspension (Pos#2)
Approach Angle (degrees)21.5 — standard suspension; 25.0 — air suspension (Pos#2); 25.0 (Off-road II with air dam on)20.6 — standard suspension; 30.1 — air suspension (Overland, Pos#2); 28.2 — air suspension (Summit, Pos#2)
Ramp Breakover Angle (degrees)18.5 — standard suspension; 22.0 — air suspension (Pos#2)18.2 — standard suspension; 22.6 — air suspension (Pos#2)
Departure Angle (degrees)21.1 — standard suspension; 24.0 — air suspension (Pos#2)21.5 — standard suspension; 23.6 — air suspension (Pos#2)
Seating CapacityStandard — 2/3/3 (including 2nd row bench); Optional — 2/2/3 (including captain’s chairs)2/3/2 (second-row bucket seats or optional bench)
SAE Total Interior Passenger Volume, (cu. ft.) 179.2159.1
Cargo volume behind first-row seats (cu. ft.)116.7 Wagoneer / 94.2 Grand Wagoneer84.6 
Cargo volume behind second-row seats (cu. ft.)70.8 Wagoneer / 70.9 Grand Wagoneer46.9 
Cargo volume behind third-row seats (cu. ft.)27.417.2 
Total passenger plus cargo volume (cu. ft. )206.6159.1 
Wagoneer vs. Grand Cherokee L

2022 Grand Wagoneer Series III (left) and 2022 Wagoneer Series II. (Image courtesy of Stellantis North America)

The bottom line on the Wagoneer vs. Grand Cherokee L

OK. We get it. These two vehicles will attract two very different customers. Other than the distinct family resemblance, there isn’t much else these three-row SUVs will share. And while they both look great on paper, we’re definitely curious about whether the market will support three three-row SUVs from a brand that has previously had a tough time with one.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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