By now the internet is glutted with every minute detail about the all-new Jeep Wagoneer lineup. And there is a lot of information to sift through. So, rather than go into granular detail, we figured we’d point out the most important takeaways from this top-tier three-row SUV in the Jeep family.
Before we dive in, we do want to point out though Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be two very distinct vehicles, with different engine options and finishing touches. As a frame of reference, think of Wagoneer like a GMC Yukon, and the Grand Wagoneer is like an Escalade.
Jeep went many years without a three-row SUV, and their previous attempts at putting one in the lineup were less than well-received. Now it’ll have three, three-row SUVs. But Jeep execs insist the customers will be different and the Grand Cherokee L and Wagoneer SUVs won’t compete.
Why? Well, in addition to the fact that Grand Cherokee L will have a unibody construction and Wagoneer will be body-on-frame, the Wagoneers will be bigger, have more power and tow heavier things. That means the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will also be significantly more expensive.
As we mentioned in the Grand Cherokee L debut article, this puts the Grand Wagoneer solidly in the same camp as the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80 and Lexus GX460. Thus, Grand Cherokee L will be in the same competitive set as the Kia Telluride, Ford Explorer and Subaru Ascent.
If you want more details on how the two vehicles compare, check out our spec-by-spec comparison.
Another differentiator for the Jeep Wagoneer lineup is that it will seat up to eight passengers on all trims with a 2/3/3 configuration. Captain’s chairs in the middle row will be available. In comparison, the Grand Cherokee L comes with a standard 2/3/2 seating configuration, with available captain’s chairs. So, max capacity there will only be seven.
Now, looking at Wagoneer vs. Grand Wagoneer, one of the primary differentiators is going to be the powertrain. While both SUVs in the Jeep Wagoneer family will have V-8s, the Wagoneer gets the 5.7-liter, and the Grand Wagoneer gets the 6.4-liter.
Jeep says both engines will be able to tow up to 10,000 pounds when properly equipped. The 5.7-liter will deliver 392 horsepower and 404 pound-feet of torque, and it gets the next-generation eTorque hybrid system. In addition to enhanced fuel savings, this system enables up to 130 pound-feet of torque to be available upon initial throttle tip in.
The 6.4-liter delivers 471 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. Since it’s doesn’t come with the mild hybrid powertrain, it does offer cylinder deactivation. Plus, it delivers a 0-to-60-mph time of 6 seconds.
One other important thing to note: While Wagoneer is available in 4X2 and 4X4 configurations, Grand Wagoneer is only available as a 4X4.
Everyone oooohed and aaaaaahed over the passenger-side screen in the concept version of the Grand Wagoneer. Those exclamations were often followed by: That will never make it into production.
The Grand Wagoneer will have up 75 inches of screen display available from the driver to the front passenger to the rear seat passengers. This front-passenger screen is a first in the segment and measures 10.25 inches. It will have both co-pilot functions (aka navigation options) and entertainment functions – including Fire TV.
Lest you be concerned the driver might get distracted, Jeep assures us that there is a film over the screen that disallows the driver to see it.
This screen will be optional on both Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, coming standard only on the Grand Wagoneer Series III trim.
As if 75 inches of screen display wasn’t enough, the Jeep Wagoneer lineup is getting a lot of up-level technology including Uconnect5, a four-zone HVAC system, night vision, 360-degree camera views, wireless charging and a digital rearview mirror.
These SUVs will have more than 120 standard safety features including automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. While it won’t be available at launch, it will also be getting an optional hands-free driving system (think Super Cruise) that will keep the vehicle centered in the lane as well as modulate speed to move with traffic. Similar to other systems out there, it may be hands-free, but it is not eyes-free – you still have to pay attention to the road and the system will shut down if you aren’t.
For us, this was a bit of a shocker. The Jeep Wagoneer lineup is capable, but it is not trail rated. Whaat? A Jeep that’s not trail rated? Yep. And it’s not due to ground clearances or water fording capability – it’s because of the overall bigness of the vehicle. It’s a full 10 inches wider than the Grand Cherokee L and nearly 10 inches longer.
So, even though it’s not trail rated, it will still have three available 4X4 systems: Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II with active low range and rear electronic limited slip differential. The crawl ratio is 48:1, and it can ford up to 24 inches of water.
With the Quadra-Lift air suspension, the Wagoneer SUVs will have up to 10 inches of ground clearance, a 25-degree approach angle, a 24-degree departure angle and a breakover angle of 22 degrees.
The orders for Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer opened on March 11, 2021, and they will be available in late 2021 – no we don’t have anything more specific than that.
What other details do we have?
The Wagoneer will have three trims: Series I, Series II and Series III. The Grand Wagoneer will have four trims: Series I, Series II, Series III and Obsidian.
Pricing will be as follows (excluding the $2,000 destination fee):
The Grand Wagoneer Concept was exquisite, and if the photos are anything to go by, the production vehicle will also be quite remarkable.
Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) needed a top-tier full-size SUV in its lineup to match the likes of the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade, and from the hands-free driving tech to the over-the-top screen displays, the Jeep Wagoneer family is in a position to knock it out of the park.
If the seats are even remotely comfortable, this Jeep duo will have an automatic leg up over the competition. We can’t wait to see it in real life.