The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer have been revealed – though don't expect to see these super-sized SUVs on Australian roads any time soon.
Based on a variant of the body-on-frame platform underpinning the new-generation Ram 1500 full-size pick-up, the Wagoneer and its super-luxury Grand Wagoneer twin slot above the Grand Cherokee L in Jeep's American line-up, and mark the return of iconic nameplates not seen since 1993.
However, neither will come to Australia, as they won't be built in right-hand-drive – local buyers must make do with the seven-seat Grand Cherokee L, expected here in August or September this year.
Dimensionally, both vehicles measure 5453mm long, 2388mm wide and 1920mm high, and sit on a 3124mm wheelbase – putting them in contention with US-market rivals including the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, Cadillac Escalade, and Lincoln Navigator, as well as Australia's Lexus LX and Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series (though those models are nearly half a metre shorter than the Jeep).
Above: Jeep Wagoneer, pictured in red. Below: Jeep Grand Wagoneer, pictured in blue.
On the styling front, the Wagoneer duo differ little from the Grand Wagoneer concept unveiled in September 2020, featuring the same upright body shape, LED front and rear lighting, a wide and slim seven-slot front grille, and thick body-coloured door pillars.
Additional styling features granting the Grand Wagoneer a luxury edge over the 'standard' Wagoneer include metallic window surrounds, embossed 'WAGONEER' badging on the grille (rather than lettering on the bonnet), unique badging, tweaked lower front bumper and rear licence plate surround designs, and 'Liquid Chrome' exterior trim.
Inside, tributes to the original Wagoneer – namely a two-spoke steering wheel and rectangular-esque air vents – are contrasted by a suite of modern technology features, including large infotainment touchscreens (running the Uconnect 5 system) and digital instrument clusters.
A 10.1-inch infotainment screen and a 10.3-inch instrument cluster is standard on the Wagoneer, with another, lower 10.3-inch screen available on higher grades to control air conditioning and other features.
Meanwhile, the Grand Wagoneer scores 12.0-inch infotainment and 12.3-inch instrument displays as standard, with a 10.3-inch 'co-pilot' screen in front of the passenger available on higher grades, which allows them to control music and navigation settings, and smartphone-like functions including answering emails, playing videos and accessing social media.
A pair of 10.1-inch screens available for outboard second-row passengers – with movie and TV streaming, thanks to Amazon Fire TV integration – with vehicles with second-row 'captain's chairs' (standard in the Grand Wagoneer) offering another 10.3-inch screen in the back of the centre console.
Nappa leather is standard on all Wagoneer models and the entry-level Grand Wagoneer (badged Series I), with 'Series II' and 'Series III' Grand Wagoneers upgrading to plusher Palermo leather.
Above: Jeep Wagoneer interior (top) and Grand Wagoneer interior (bottom)
More liberal use of wood and aluminium trim differentiates the Grand Wagoneer from its 'standard' sibling, along with configurable ambient lighting.
Available interior features on the flagship Grand Wagoneer include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, up to 11 USB ports, a digital rear-view mirror, a head-up display, and a 23-speaker, 1950-watt McIntosh 3D sound system.
It's not all bling, either, with the Wagoneer duo's expansive dimensions enabling a third row of seats large enough to house adults, with 990mm of potential headroom and 930mm of legroom.
Boot space sits at 773 litres in both models with all three rows in place.
Powering the Wagoneer is a 5.7-litre naturally-aspirated, mild-hybridised Hemi petrol V8 shared with the Ram 1500 in the US, sending 292kW and 548Nm to the road through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Rear-wheel-drive is standard, while buyers can choose from one of three four-wheel-drive systems: Quadra-Trac I (full-time, single-speed), Quadra-Trac II (full-time, both high- and low-range), and Quadra-Drive II (full-time and dual-speed, with an electronic rear limited-slip differential).
Steel coil springs are standard, with Quadra-Lift air suspension available as an option, increasing maximum ground clearance from 211 to 257mm. An 'Advanced All-Terrain Package' adds a quarter of skid plates under the vehicle.
Despite the aforementioned kit, and a 25-degree approach angle, 22-degree breakover angle and a 24-degree departure angle, the Wagoneer doesn't earn Jeep's 'Trail Rated' badge, likely thanks to its luxury focus and large footprint.
Maximum braked towing capacity on the Wagoneer is rated at a mammoth 4536kg.
Stepping up to the Grand Wagoneer brings a more potent 351kW/617Nm 6.4-litre naturally-aspirated Hemi V8 (sans mild-hybridisation), driving all four wheels as standard through an eight-speed automatic and the Wagoneer's Quadra-Trac II four-wheel-drive system.
Air suspension is standard, which can raise or lower the ride height to improve ingress and egress, streamline aerodynamics at high speed, or optimise its off-roading capabilities.
The Grand claims the same off-road angle figures as the Wagoneer, with the lesser model's Quadra-Drive II system available as an option.
A wide suite of active driving technologies are on offer, led by 'Active Driving Assist', which combines adaptive cruise control, lane-centering assist, blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning to accelerate, brake and steer the vehicle on highways. However, it's likely to be exclusive to the Grand Wagoneer.
There's also autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic parking, traffic-sign recognition and driver fatigue monitoring.
The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will go on sale in the northern summer of 2021, priced from US$57,995 (AU$75,000) for the former, and US$86,995 (AU$110,000) for the latter.
Neither vehicle will come to Australia.
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