2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer Preview

FAST FACTS
  • Jeep builds a full-size, 3-row SUV
  • Heritage design cues rendered in a modern way
  • High-tech interior with Uconnect 5 infotainment system
  • Claimed “best-in-class” interior passenger room
  • Claimed “unmatched” towing capacity
  • New Jeep Wagoneer price starts around $60,000
  • New Jeep Grand Wagoneer price tops $100,000
  • The Jeep Wagoneer release date is summer of 2021
  • Jeep builds the Wagoneer in Warren, Michigan

Introduction

The new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are full-size, 3-row SUVs built to compete with everything ranging from the Chevrolet Tahoe to the Cadillac Escalade, and from the Ford Expedition to the Lincoln Navigator

Similar to those rivals, the SUVs come in two different lengths and with a long list of high quality materials and high-technology amenities. The automaker says 2022 Jeep Wagoneer prices will start at around $60,000, while a loaded 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer price tag will read higher than $100,000.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Front View Concept White

In advance of the production Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer release date in the summer of 2021, the automaker revealed the SUV in concept form. Company spokespeople confirmed that much of what is included in the concept will be available in the version that customers will find in Jeep showrooms, so we’ve focused the discussion below on those elements.

Exterior Features

Inspired by the original 1963 Jeep Wagoneer and luxurious 1984 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, the new 2022 replacements for these models might be arriving 30 years late, but that’s better than never. When they go on sale in the summer of 2021, regular and extended-length versions will be available.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Rear View Concept White

Shown in near-production-ready concept form, the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is the luxury version of the Wagoneer. In other words, where the Wagoneer will compete with the GMC Yukon, the Grand Wagoneer will compete with the Cadillac Escalade.

It looks terrific, especially sitting on the Grand Wagoneer Concept’s 24-inch wheels. Jeep says it strove to create a timeless, elegant design but with a modern interpretation of freedom and luxury, and it looks like they’ve succeeded. 

Naturally, classic Jeep design cues are present and accounted for, such as the 7-slot grille, tow hooks, a front skid plate, and trapezoidal wheel arches. A set of LED headlights flanks the grille, and LED fog lights reside in the bumper. Numerous Easter eggs (small brand details that you find by closely examining the vehicle) are also sprinkled about, inside and out.

Like the original, the new Grand Wagoneer’s grille “acknowledges” the hood, now with Wagoneer lettering placed in this slightly wider portion of the brow above the grille and headlights. Unlike the original, signature LED lighting illuminates each of the grille’s slots, and as you approach the Grand Wagoneer a welcome lighting sequence illuminates the exterior and interior of the SUV.

Viewed from the side, the new Grand Wagoneer has black windshield pillars stretching up into a black roof, with body-color roof pillars and chrome window surrounds clearly defining the SUV’s greenhouse. Power deploying running boards are out of sight when they’re not in use, and each front door has Grand Wagoneer lettering complete with an American flag.

Rear LED taillights wrap around the corners of the SUV into the power tailgate, creating a wide frame for the license plate beneath the nearly vertical rear window. Reflectors live in the lower diffuser panel on the rear bumper, which incorporates a subtle rear skid plate. Huge lettering identifies this Jeep from behind.

Up top, the Grand Wagoneer Concept has a panoramic glass roof flanked by roof rails with tie-down points.

Interior Features

If the Grand Wagoneer’s exterior is impressive, the interior continues in the same vein. Remember, Jeep says that most of what’s on display inside the Grand Wagoneer Concept is going to be available to you – if you have the budget to pay for it.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Dashboard Interior Concept

In the concept, Jeep wanted to emphasize sustainability through the use of black glass, aluminum, heat-treated lace wood, premium carpet made of Thrive fiber, synthetic leather, and simulated suede. Expect many of these materials in the production version of the SUV, too.

Jeep is promising “best in class” overall passenger volume in extended-length versions of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, complete with three rows of seating that easily accommodate people 6’4” in height. The Grand Wagoneer Concept, equipped with captain’s chairs separated by a large console, holds seven people. As standard or optional equipment, production versions will likely offer an 8-passenger seating arrangement with a second-row bench seat.

In the concept, diamond-perforated upholstery is wrapped around seats that look similar to the original Grand Wagoneer, and they offer heating, ventilation, and massage. The center console has individual armrests for maximum comfort, the driver faces a 2-spoke steering wheel, and ambient cabin lighting is customizable for color and brightness.

This approach is repeated for the second-row captain’s chairs, which also supply heating, ventilation, and massage. The huge center console between them also has individual armrests, and the Grand Wagoneer offers rear window sunshades.

Under the Hood

Jeep did not offer much in the way of detail regarding the Grand Wagoneer Concept’s powertrain, other than to confirm that it is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The power port sits high on the front fender where it meets the cowl, similar to the new 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe.

Jeep did confirm that three different 4-wheel-drive systems will be available for the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, along with the company’s Selec-Terrain traction settings for a wide range of road and trail surfaces. The new SUVs have independent front and rear suspension designs, and Jeep’s Quadra-Lift air suspension with driver-selectable ride-height control will also be available.

If you need to tow something, know that Jeep is claiming “unmatched” towing capacity for the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

Safety

Jeep did not define its approach to safety with the Grand Wagoneer Concept. However, Captain Obvious says it’s a good bet that between its substantial curb weight, modern vehicle architecture, Uconnect connected service plans, and the latest in advanced driving assistance and collision avoidance technologies, this SUV will be safer than the previous Grand Wagoneer.

Technology

If you’ve looked at the interior photo above, you can see that the new Grand Wagoneer is loaded with technology. 

Instrumentation is rendered on a 12.3-inch display. The Uconnect 5 infotainment system uses a 12.1-inch touchscreen display. Below that, climate and comfort controls are accessible via a 10.25-inch touchscreen display with a hidden storage area behind it. And even the front passenger gets a 10.25-inch display with a privacy film so that it can’t distract the driver.

The concept’s back seat continues the theme with dual 10.1-inch entertainment screens and a second 10.25-inch climate and comfort control panel on the center console.

All of this tech is powered by Uconnect 5, which Jeep says is five times faster than existing Uconnect technology. Also, the concept includes multiple Relax Modes that depict matching imagery on all of the screens. For example, Fireplace Mode creates a cozy ambience aboard the Grand Wagoneer, while Gliding Mode makes you feel like you’re on the Soarin’ Over the World ride at Disneyland.

Jeep also installs a McIntosh premium audio system with 23 custom-designed speakers and a 24-channel amplifier in the Grand Wagoneer Concept. The aluminum and gloss black appearance of the components mirrors McIntosh’s home audio systems, and it’s a good bet this will see production.

Jeep is the source of the information in this article. It was accurate as of September 1, 2020 but may have changed since that date.