The Grand Wagoneer was fully revealed today, it is technically a concept, including the range-topping Grand Wagoneer, and one of the automaker’s hallmark vehicles.
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer released is called a “Concept”, an addendum that feels out of place not only because the SUV looks practically production-ready, but also because its styling and price are such departures that “concept” may be a low-hanging safety net.
In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch instrument display. In the middle are two screens, a 12.1-inch unit for the Uconnect 5 infotainment system, and a 10.25-inch display below that for climate and seat controls. The passenger even gets a 10.25-inch infotainment display that can be used for adjusting settings or watching media. The second-row seats also get individual 10.1-inch screens. The third-row will have to be happy without screens. Sound for all these screens comes through a McIntosh 23-speaker sound system that features aluminum trim and blue lighting like the company’s home audio systems. The infotainment will even display simulated VU needles like a Hi-Fi setup.
Tech part aside, the interior is described by Jeep as “an ultra-premium upscale environment rich with Grand Wagoneer heritage”. The material mix found inside is interesting and includes onyx glass on the dashboard, sustainable raw aluminum on the dash, door speakers, shift knob, and vent surroundings, and 3D wood inlay on the dash, center console and door panels.
Additional interior appointments include a full suede headliner made of Dinamica, premium carpets made from Thrive fiber, and PUR upholstery for the seating, console, door and instrument panel surfaces.
Moving on to the exterior design, the Grand Wagoneer Concept is dominated by the wide Obsidian Black-accented grille where each of the seven slots features intricate lightweight latticework. The space above and between the slots is lit, as is the ‘Wagoneer’ lettering above the grille. Flanking the grille are bi-functional LED projector headlights cradled by genuine teak wood, with the front end also featuring LED fog lights next to the accented front tow hooks and an Obsidian Black aluminum skid plate.
Out back, the LED taillights are united by a thin illuminated strip while a subtle rear diffuser sits below the power tailgate. If you happen to see the Grand Wagoneer show car from above, you’ll notice the full-pane glass roof flanked by roof rails on both sides with teak wood supported by bronze latticework on each of the four loop openings.
Powering the Grand Wagoneer Concept is a “no-compromise” plug-in hybrid powertrain Jeep does not elaborate on. Given that the production model will be based on the Ram 1500’s platform, it’s reasonable to assume it’s the same PHEV system promised for the pickup truck. Jeep promises “greater torque and immediate engine response”, as well as more fun-to-drive experience on the road and more capability than ever off the road.
The company promises three available four-wheel-drive systems, courtesy of three available 4×4 systems and the renowned Quadra-Lift air suspension, as well as “premium driving dynamics” independent front and rear axles. The list of promises also includes unmatched towing capability, powerful performance, a new level of comfort and best-in-class overall passenger volume.
The company has confirmed that both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be built in Warren, Michigan, with production beginning next year in the same plant that builds the Ram 1500.