Jeep is a brand known for its robust cars. However, the last few years have seen this segment that is part of Chrysler expand into numerous new categories. The entry-level, compact Jeep Renegade is a global success for Jeep and at the opposite side of the spectrum is the brand-new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer lineup.
Jeep Wagoneer History Lesson
It was the Jeep Wagoneer name existed from 1963 to 1983 in what is now thought to be the most luxurious SUV ever produced (long before the first person to coin”SUV” or even invented the word “SUV”) Then, it was changed to”the” Grand Wagoneer from 1984 until 1991.
In 1991, the Wagoneer name was applied to the XJ Cherokee from 1983 until 1990, and the Grand Wagoneer name was later used on a wood-grained version of the 1993 Grand Cherokee.
Bringing the Jeep Wagoneer into the Modern Era
Wanting to make a premium version that is a premium extension Jeep brand? The Jeep Wagoneer and the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is a premium sub-brand. In the same way, Land Rover has its Range Rover models.
In 2022, the Jeep Wagoneer is priced to increase against SUVs like those the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada, while the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is larger with additional features and a larger engine that can compete with conventional luxurious SUVs like The Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80 and the Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The Wagoneer comes with three trims, with prices ranging from $57,995 to $75,995. The Grand Wagoneer comes in four trim levels beginning at $86,995 before a final price of $103,995.
Is the world of luxury waiting to buy an expensive six-figure Jeep? I drove both the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer to find out what I found, and here are the five most interesting facts I discovered about the latest Jeep.
In keeping with the traditional Wagoneer name, the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer provide a contemporary design that is a modernization of the classic SUV style. The wide roofline and tall lines are enhanced by slim roof pillars and a lot of glass.
The Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer each get distinctive front-end designs and subtle interior distinctions.
These big SUVs are proudly sporting Jeep’s iconic seven-slot grille; you’ll need to take your time to spot any Jeep logos. They’re present, but it’s more like a Jeep Easter egg than the traditional logo.
Smooth, Confident Ride
Its Wagoneer is a large luxury SUV that rides on the same chassis as the Ram 1500 truck, but this massive Jeep isn’t as comfortable as a truck. Much of my time in the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer was spent driving through New York City, from the hustle and bustle that is New York City to the more rural and steep terrain in South Salem, NY.
In the city, it is the Wagoneer. It is capable of absorbing all the noise, creating a quiet interior. On the highway, both models I drove were equipped with adaptive air suspension that made for a luxurious ride.
The luxury level is increased with this model, the Grand Wagoneer, but the engine is the major difference between these two SUVs. In 2022, the Jeep Wagoneer is only available with the 5.7-liter V8 engine with a mild hybrid drive assist, producing 392 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.
The Grand Wagoneer uses a 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces 471 hp and 455 pounds of torque. Every one of the Grand Wagoneer models comes standard with 4×4, and all Wagoneers are equipped with two-wheel drive, and the majority of them come with 4×4.
Impressive Off-Road, Too
Because most buyers aren’t planning to take their new Wagoneers off-roading, it’s a surprise that neither of them is equipped with Jeep’s highly sought-after Trail Rated badge. However, it performs well off-road, as I discovered on a rock and mud-covered section of the route.
When the air suspension is at its most powerful setting, the Wagoneer has the equivalent of 10 inches in ground clearance which was enough to make easy work of the road caused by man.
There’s no doubt that these SUVs will serve as two vehicles, as the combination of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer is extremely effective.
In 2022, the Jeep Wagoneer has a 10,000-pound tow capacity, and its Grand Wagoneer is slightly lower at 9,850 pounds. However, the latter has no issues hauling a 7,000-pound horse trailer on a narrow, bumpy drive.
Room to Relax
If I say it, the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is big; I’m serious about it. The sheer dimensions surprised me when I first encountered the SUV in person. The specs indicate that the Jeep is larger and more spacious than a Chevrolet Tahoe!
These dimensions on the outside translate to a huge interior with 3 rows of seats, which can accommodate up to eight persons. The Interior of the Wagoneer was designed to provide maximum comfort and ease of use, including the central console.
Instead of being just the console, a space to put away things around, the console can be set up with a cooler big enough to accommodate six water bottles or an enclosure that can be locked to ensure that sensitive items are in a safe and secure location.
Screens, Lots of Screens!
What’s going to blow people out of the water is the top-of-the-line technology that is available in the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. These SUVs have up to seven digital displays that span up to 45 inches across the dashboard.
These screens include the revolutionary 10.25-inch screen located on the passenger’s side of the dashboard that is available to stream videos or help the driver navigate. The screen is not accessible through the driver’s seat.
In the Grand Wagoneer, the driver will have a 12.3-inch gauge cluster, a 12-inch information display, and a 10.25-inch comfort display, and passengers in the rear have access to two 10.25-inch screens at the rear for entertainment and a 10.1-inch screen for audio and HVAC controls.
It’s been thirty years since the first Jeep Wagoneer ended production, and the return of this iconic nameplate is set to take its Jeep name to brand new standards.
It was a blast to drive; it’s likely that in 2022, the Jeep Wagoneer will be on this list of most enjoyable road-trip vehicles!!