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2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer: First Look

  • All-new 3-row full-size SUV
  • Revives Grand Wagoneer name after 30 years
  • Plug-in hybrid version promised
  • Wagoneer version also added
  • Pricing starts at $86,995

After going out of production in 1991, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer rejoins the Jeep lineup as a full-size SUV. The all-new entry is the first to offer 3-row seating since the Jeep Commander was discontinued in 2010. The 2022 Grand Wagoneer promises a high level of off-road capability to go with its luxurious cabin.

“With the electrification of each Jeep nameplate coming in the next few years,” said Christian Meunier, president of Jeep, “and the reintroduction of Wagoneer,  we are quickly expanding into new segments and more premium space.”

Targeting such luxury nameplates as the 2021 Cadillac Escalade and 2021 Lincoln Navigator, the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is a swing for the fences.

Based on Ram 1500

The all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer offers body-on-frame construction using the Ram 1500 chassis as a base. The architecture also features fully independent front and rear suspension. The Grand Wagoneer will eventually offer a hybrid plug-in powertrain. A 471-horsepower 6.4-liter V8 engine is the sole power source at launch. An 8-speed automatic transmission transmits engine production to the wheels.

The yet-to-be-revealed PHEV version of the Grand Wagoneer may employ the same technology used in the Pacifica Hybrid. That setup combines a 3.6-liter V6 engine with a lithium-ion battery pack and electric motors. In addition to delivering good fuel economy, the system has a pure electric range that exceeds 30 miles.

Full-time 4WD

The Grand Wagoneer is available with Quadra-Drive II full-time 4-wheel drive. This is the most capable of 4WD systems available to Wagoneer models. It provides an electronic rear limited-slip differential and hill-descent control. Jeep’s Select-Terrain traction-management system is included. Providing settings for Auto, Snow, Mud, Rock and Sand, Select-Terrain tailors traction control to whatever surface you encounter, thereby maximizing traction.

Also standard on every Jeep Grand Wagoneer is Quadra-Lift air suspension. It includes five different ride height modes and can adjust the ride height over a range of 4.1 inches.

Supporting each corner are wheel and tire packages ranging from 20 to 22 inches. On the safety/driver-assist front, Grand Wagoneer pops right out of the box with a full suite of standard driver and safety assists. These include 360-surround-view cameras, ParkSense automatic parking system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist, rear-parking sensors with automatic braking, hill-start assist, automatic high-beam assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Exterior design

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer sports the brand’s signature 7-slot grille treatment that features individual LEDs surrounding each element. Thin, horizontal LED projector-beam headlamps flank the grille. The taillights and daytime running lights are also LED. Jeep says the original Grand Wagoneer inspires the large glass area of the greenhouse.

However, the overall look, as with the original Grand Wagoneer, is slab-sided and boxy in order to accommodate the 3-row seating. The original model, though, had more of a station wagon appearance with thin pillars and a more sculpted hood.  The new model eschews the original’s faux exterior woodgrain.

Luxurious cabin

The original Grand Wagoneer is known for offering luxury vehicle amenities. Jeep sticks to that tradition and uses plenty of leather upholstery, real metal and wood trim, as well as onyx glass accents to convey an upscale aura. The 7-passenger seating configuration features twin bucket seats up front, two second-row captain’s chairs, and a 3-person 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat. A large glass panoramic roof brightens the interior.

The cabin also has a high-tech counterpoint to its use of high-quality materials. There are four screens in the dash, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster ahead of the driver, a 12.1-inch center infotainment touchscreen, a 10.25-inch screen just below to control cabin comfort, and on the passenger side, a 10.25-inch display for infotainment. In the rear, there’s an entertainment system that features two 10.1-inch screens attached to the backs of the front seats, and a center console-mounted 10.25-inch screen to control rear-seat comfort.

How much will the 2022 Grand Wagoneer cost?

At launch, Jeep is only making Grand Wagoneer available in pre-loaded trims. That is, there are options and option packages already built into the trim levels and their prices. Prices below are for those trim levels. They don’t include the $2,000 factory delivery charge.

Anchoring the grade lineup is the Grand Wagoneer Series I ($88,190 plus $2,000 factory delivery charge) with 20-inch aluminum wheels, rear load-leveling suspension, power liftgate, LED exterior lights, power-folding heated outboard mirrors with integrated turn indicators, remote start, tri-panel panoramic sunroof, speed-sensitive and rain-sensing front wipers, 12-in. Uconnect 5 touchscreen, quad-zone automatic climate control, power tilt-and-telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel, perforated Nappa leather-covered seats, heated second-row captains chairs, 24-way power-adjustable heated/ventilated front seats, eight USB ports, McIntosh MX950 19-speaker surround-sound audio system, navigation system, Tom Tom Traffic capability, front-passenger co-pilot display, two-tone roof, and the full suite of safety/driver-assist technologies listed above.

Building on the Series I features, the Series II ($99,185) adds 22-in. aluminum wheels, digital rearview mirror, Palermo leather-covered seats and the Convenience Group with night vision, active drive assist, Drowsy Driver Assist  and traffic-sign recognition.

Next, the Series III ($103,995) continues adding content to include Palermo quilted leather-covered seats, the upgraded 23-speaker McIntosh MX1375 Reference Entertainment System, front-console cooler and premium color-tinted glass.

Series III Premium ($107,980) tops things off with rear-seat entertainment with dual screens, Amazon Fire TV for Auto and Trailer-Tow Group.

This summer, Jeep will add Obsidian ($105,980) to Grand Wagoneer’s offerings. It will mimic much of Series III Premium’s content and feature a blacked-out theme.

Jeep is positioning the Wagoneer as a portfolio of vehicles. At launch, the model lineup includes Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Both models will arrive in dealer showrooms this summer, but Jeep is currently taking orders. Find a Jeep Grand Wagoneer for sale

Matt DeLorenzo
Matt DeLorenzo is an author who specializes in writing news, advice, and car reviews. A member of the North American Car of the Year jury, he has spent more than four decades covering the auto industry and has held key posts at industry and consumer publications including Automotive News, AutoWeek, and Road & Track. He is also an author of automotive books including Modern Chrysler Concept... Read More about Matt DeLorenzo

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