The new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are unlikely to be distinct models in the brand's future lineup. Instead, the names look set to be revived on high-end trim lines for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Manley told the trade publication that historically the Wagoneer name has been attached to the "pinnacle of premium for the Jeep world". He then went on to compare it to the Summit and Overland trim lines that are currently used on various Jeep models.
"So you could imagine the use of Wagoneer to denote a really premium vehicle, and Grand Wagoneer takes it to the very next level. If you were to use that as your naming strategy, that's exactly how I would use the trims," he concluded.
Above: 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
When Sergio Marchionne announced a five-year model plan for Fiat Chrysler in 2014, part of the outline included a new Grand Wagoneer model for 2018.
The Grand Wagoneer was, at the time, said to be stretched version of the next-generation Grand Cherokee with three rows of seats and the ability to accommodate up to seven passengers.
With the next-generation Grand Cherokee now pushed back to 2018, the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are now expected to debut in 2019.
The original Jeep Wagoneer was introduced in 1962 and continued as the Grand Wagoneer until 1991.