Jeep Crawls Into Full-Size SUV Fray With 2022 Wagoneer And Grand Wagoneer

2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer

For the past three decades, going back to when the Chrysler Corporation still existed as a stand-alone company, Jeep has managed to be one of the top generators of cash and profits for whatever its corporate parent was called. Chrysler has morphed through several iterations to what is now Stellantis and Jeep is still helping to fill the corporate coffers. Despite that, Jeep has until now missed out on one of the most profitable segments, the full-size SUV. That all changes this summer with the launch of the 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

Jeep provided an early look at the new Wagoneer last fall with the Grand Wagoneer concept and aside from some minor details such as the bits wood trim in the headlamps and roof racks, the production model largely carries over that design. It’s a chunky, upright look with a relatively tall greenhouse that provides lots of outward visibility and a premium look. Like the recently introduced Grand Cherokee L, the two Wagoneers feature a shorter and wider interpretation of the traditional Jeep seven-slot grille.

2022 Jeep Wagoneer

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The last time Jeep did build a larger (but still not full-size) three-row SUV, the Commander was based on the unit-body Grand Cherokee. The Wagoneers are based on a heavily modified version of the Ram 1500 body-on-frame architecture. In place of the coil-sprung live-axle system on the pickup truck, the SUVs will use a five-link independent suspension system. As with other big SUVs, this enables a lower floor in the rear of the vehicle for more comfortable third-row seating. An air spring suspension system is also available on Wagoneers and standard on the Grand Wagoneer.

The primary competitors of the new Jeeps come from their cross-town rivals at GM and Ford with the standard Wagoneer going up against the Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition while the Grand Wagoneer takes aim at the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.

Unlike the competition, the Wagoneer is launching in only one length which matches up with the standard wheelbase competitors. The 123-inch wheelbase is 2.1 and 0.5-inches longer respectively than the GM and Ford utilities while the 214.7-inch length tops by 4.0 and 4.7-inches.

2022 Jeep Wagoneer

When the Wagoneers start rolling out of Stellantis’ Warren Truck plant this summer, they will all be powered by gasoline V8s. The base Wagoneer gets the 5.7-liter Hemi with an updated version of the eTorque 48V mild hybrid system used on the Ram 1500. With 392-hp and 404 lb-ft of torque there’s no shortage of grunt available and the mild hybrid system can add up 130 lb-ft of additional torque when the lithium ion battery has a charge. The mild hybrid system can keep the engine off when the vehicle stops for up to 10 minutes depending on the conditions and also enables a coasting mode at highway speeds that shuts off the engine when there is no load.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer with McIntosh audio

The Grand Wagoneer gets the 6.4-liter Hemi with 471-hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. It’s equipped with automatic stop-start and a cylinder deactivation system that can shut off four cylinders under light load for a slight boost in fuel economy. Both engines are paired with th ZF eight-speed automatic transmission that is used across the lineup of rear and four-wheel-drive Stellantis vehicles in North America.

At launch, the Wagoneers all get a full-time four wheel drive system as standard. The Series II Wagoneer gets the Quadra-Trac I single-speed system. The Series III gets a the Quadra-Trac II system with a two-speed transfer case while the Grand Wagoneer gets Quadra-Drive II also with a two-speed transfer case and electronic locking rear differential. The two-speed systems have a crawl ratio of 48:1 which doesn’t quite match the Wrangler, but will likely get you anywhere you need to go that the Wagoneer can actually fit.

Not mentioned anywhere in the announcement is the plug-in hybrid system that was on the concept. Jeep has previously said that a PHEV version of the Wagoneer will be offered some time this year, but details are unavailable for now. It will probably launch a few months after the gas V8 models.

2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer

Like the exterior, the interior of the Wagoneers don’t stray far from the concept. It’s got a decidedly premium feel to it and lots of screens as you would expect in most modern vehicles. The Uconnect 5 infotainment system powered by Android Automotive is standard as is a 10.1-inch touchscreen in the center stack. The Grand Wagoneer bumps this to a 12-inch touchscreen with an user interface that can be split between two applications such as media and navigation. The rear seat entertainment system adds two more 10.1-inch screens in the second row and the Grand Wagoneer also adds a 10.25 center screen in the second row to manage climate control and other features in the back.

2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer

Even the front passenger can get a screen of their own now. As seen on the concept, a 10.25-inch display is available for the right front passenger to enable co-pilot functions like navigation and device management or entertainment. The Wagoneers are the first models to offer Amazon’s AMZN -0.8% Fire TV for Auto to stream movies and TV in the vehicle or look at the exterior cameras. There’s no shortage of inputs with 8 standard USB ports and 11 with the rear seat entertainment. All the passenger screens also get HDMI ports to plug in devices.

2022 Jeep Wagoneer

The Wagoneers will also offer the same McIntosh audio system recently announced for the Grand Cherokee L. The standard Wagoneers can get a 19-speaker system while the Grand Wagoneer can have up to 23 speakers. The virtual McIntosh meters with their traditional blue backlight can also be displayed on the center console screen.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The Wagoneers feature the usual array of driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control and blindspot monitoring. However, they will be the first from Stellantis in North America to feature a level 2 active driving assistance system. It uses cameras and radar to do lane centering. Sometime after launch, Jeep will add a hands-free version similar to GM’s Super Cruise and Ford’s upcoming system for the F-150 and Mustang Mach-E. Like the other systems this will use high-definition maps to geofence the system to divided highways and slow the vehicle where necessary going into corners.

Pricing and on-sale dates will come later this spring.

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