2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has debuted the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept, which will serve as a direct rival to the line of General Motors full-size SUVs. This new three-row SUV will be available in standard Jeep Wagoneer guise, or as a premium Grand Wagoneer. The regular Wagoneer models will compete with the Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL, while the Jeep Grand Wagoneer will be positioned to take on the Yukon Denali, Yukon Denali XL, Cadillac Escalade and Cadillac Escalade ESV.
Grand Wagoneer Lands
While only a concept for now, the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are slated to go into production next year as 2022 model-year vehicles. Both models will be built in Detroit at FCA’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant, which currently builds the Ram 1500 Classic. The automaker says that “as a nod to its manufacturing home and the brand’s headquarters, the Concept’s full-pane glass roof houses a map showcasing Detroit and the surrounding area”. FCA is keeping exact details on the powertrain a secret for now, but the concept utilises a “no-compromise plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain system”, the automaker says, which offers “sophisticated, fun-to-drive, on- and off-road performance, leading 4×4 capability and a zero-emission, near-silent driving experience”. It’s not clear if all Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models will be hybrids, or if pure ICE (Internal Combustion Engined) models will be available as well.
FCA also says the Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept features “the pinnacle of ultra- premium, full-size SUV interiors” with luxury materials like open-pore wood, aluminium, a suede headliner and thick pile carpet floor mats made from recycled fabric. The SUV also has a 12.3-inch driver information display, which is joined by a 12.1-inch horizontal touchscreen front-and-centre and an additional 10.25-inch passenger screen. Rear-seat passengers can also utilise a 10.1-inch display housed within the centre console between the two second-row captain’s chairs and receive their own 10.1-inch touchscreen mounted on the front seatbacks. The third-row bench seats three, giving the Grand Wagoneer Concept room for seven passengers. It’s expected the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and luxurious Jeep Grand Wagoneer will start arriving at dealerships in mid-to-late 2021.
“Our new Grand Wagoneer Concept marks the first step in the rebirth of Wagoneer – a true and rare premium American icon,” said Christian Meunier, global president of the Jeep brand. “With the electrification of each Jeep nameplate coming in the next few years, and the reintroduction of Wagoneer, we are quickly expanding into new segments and more premium space.” The Grand Wagoneer will define ‘American Premium’ while delivering an unprecedented driving experience.
Ralph Gilles, head of design for FCA, said: “The Grand Wagoneer Concept’s interior is spacious and features premium materials that accentuate our team’s obsession to detail and celebrates American craftsmanship. A full digital cockpit takes advantage of leading technologies that are beautifully presented with expansive and easy-to-use screens and limited buttons, allowing the focus to be placed on a pleasant and intuitive experience for the driver and passengers.”
With this new Concept, the Grand Wagoneer nameplate features – for the first time ever – a spacious third row. Born in America in 1962 for the 1963 model year, Wagoneer was the first four-wheel-drive vehicle mated to an automatic transmission, pioneering the first modern SUV. It’s not clear if the wood panelling of the old Grand Wagoneers will be making a return or not, but it would be a funky touch if it did!
Interior features wood, aluminium and suede. Full glass roof features a map of Detroit in its design. Watch out Escalade, this one’s for you!