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A Jeep Legacy Reborn. Review of The New Jeep Grand Wagoneer.

August 14, 2021

 

Flashback to the early 1960s when Jeep introduced what would become a timeless classic with all its wood trim pieces and powerful engine, and now it's back.  The 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is here and more spirited than ever.

The nostalgia of the Jeep Wagoneer has stayed close to home for many fans, so the release of the new nameplate is nothing short of exciting—especially since it's stayed true to its American roots. 

 

2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer cruising through the cayon

Photo from Jeep

The new Grand Wagoneer shares many of the same details as the previous generation, keeping the nostalgia alive, but now displays modern upgrades that make for a comfortable ride and a sophisticated feel. 

Let's dive into the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer and why competitors like the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade should have all eyes on this luxury SUV. 

 

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Quick Links:

- Overview of The Jeep Grand Wagoneer 

- Breif History of The Jeep Wagoneer

- 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Pricing 

- Buttery Soft Leather Interior + Many Screens 

- Grand Engine Power + Towing Capacity 

- Final Thoughts

 

Reflection of the sunset on the side of the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Photo from Jeep

 

 

 

Overview of The Jeep Grand Wagoneer 

Despite the fact that the Jeep Wagoneer was more of a truck than an SUV with its Gladiator-based chassis, the Grand Wagoneer is referred to as the "gold standard of premium SUVs."

Jeep released the new Grand Wagoneer to recapture that oversized, family SUV that could do it all, while still being comfortable and eye-catching. 

 

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Light grey Jeep Grand Wagoneer driving down an open road

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The all-new Jeep Grand Wagoneer has been reborn with a powerful 6.4L V-8 engine pumping out 471HP and 455 lb-ft of torque through all the wheels with its 4WD system. Better yet, it's rated to tow roughly 10,000 pounds—trailers and boats have nothing on the new Grand Wagoneer.

So, next time you're heading out to the lake or up north, you can opt to take the Grand Wagoneer instead.

 

Black Jeep Grand Wagoneer cruising down a curvy, mountain range

Photo from Jeep

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer is available in four trim levels: Series I, Series II, Obsidian, and the top trim level, Series III.

That potent 6.4L V8 engine powers all trim levels and delivers a 6 second 0-60 time with the addition of an electronic limited-slip differential (LSD).

Your next family road trip just got a little more exciting, didn't it? 

 

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Jeep Grand Wagoneer displayed on the rear trunk

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Briefly looking inside the SUV, the Grand Wagoneer includes some sweet electronic upgrades with what seems like a wall of screens—up to 75 inches of screens, to be precise—along with a warm, quilted leather interior. 

Staying true to its roots, the Grand Wagoneer tastefully displays rich walnut trim pieces on the dash, center console, and doors. 

 

Interior shot of the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer

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It's no surprise that long road trips with the family can be, well, testing of one's patience, to say the least.

However, the Grand Wagoneer's spirit for adventure is evident in every detail, creating a comfortable and luxurious road trip, weekend getaway, and fishing trip every time—even with the kiddos. 

 

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A man fly fishing with his new 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

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Brief History of The Jeep Wagoneer 

The Jeep Wagoneer was the first SUV to enter the market and set the standard pretty high for its competitors. 

The original Wagoneer was released in 1963 and was the heaviest but most powerful 4x4 SUV—not to mention the most expensive and the only SUV—on the market at the time.

And although the Wagoneer was technically a 4x4, the design has always resembled a station wagon, hence the "Wagoneer" name. 

  

The original Jeep Grand Wagoneer in 1963

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Jeep released the Wagoneer in the 60s to replace what was known as Willy's utility wagon lines.

The Willys utility wagon lines inspired the station wagon design and off-road appeal since it was the first utility vehicle that captured the market's attention.

 

1954 dark green Willy's Station Wagon 4x4

Photo from Bring-A-Trailer | 1954 Willy's Station Wagon 4X4

It combined the "people's car" mentality and a military-style utility vehicle, making it a successful lineup until the Wagoneer was introduced.

Imagine driving your family around in an off-road, military-style family wagon? 

Jeep knew how to capture this at a good price with timeless styling. 

 

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Pale green Jeep Grand Wagoneer in 1963

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The Wagoneer was initially based on the Jeep Gladiator chassis making it incredibly durable for off-road excursions.

Still, it was also known to have car-like manors with a pretty comfortable ride for family trips, which Jeep carried over into the new generation.

 

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It was powered by a 5.9L V8 engine and was the first 4x4/station wagon to offer a 4-speed automatic.

The other engine option at the time was a 3.8L V6 engine with a 3-speed manual and AWD, but throughout its first life, Jeep offered quite a few different engine and transmission options.

On the other hand, the styling of the Grand Wagoneer never changed drastically—it stayed true to its roots. 

 

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The final year of production for the 1st generation of the Wagoneer was 1993, but the public never forgot the American icon with all its wood trim.

And now, the Grand Wagoneer is back after 30 years in all its glory. 

 

The all-new Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Photo from Jeep

 

 

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Pricing 

As a luxury family SUV, the 2022 Grand Wagoneer is not so easy on the wallet.

The first trim level, the Series I, starts at $87,590.

The top trim level, Series III, starts at $103,995.

With all the bells and whistles, along with upgrades like the Amazon Fire TV integration and heavy-duty trailer-tow package, expect to pay just over $111K. 

 

The new 2022 Grand Wagoneer cruising down the road

Photo from Jeep

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Pricing:

2022 Grand Wagoneer Series I | Starting at $87,590

2022 Grand Wagoneer Series II | Starting at $94,590

2022 Grand Wagoneer Obsidian | Starting at $99,590

2022 Grand Wagoneer Series III | Starting at $103,995

 

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Up close on the new grille of the Grand Wagoneer

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Buttery Soft Leather Interior + Many Screens 

The interior of the new Grand Wagoneer is sophisticated and comfortable, down to the fine details.

Its 24-way adjustable, buttery-soft quilted Palermo leather-trimmed seats with massage settings make those long road trips way more comfortable.

 

A full shot of the interior in the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Photo from Jeep

The warm walnut trim pieces and metal finishes tastefully fill the dash and doors in remembrance of the original Wagoneer. 

 

The interior of the all-new Jeep Grand Wagoneer featuring the tan leather seats and wood trim pieces

Photo from Jeep

With up to 75-inches of display, there's a screen for everyone, including your kiddos in the back seats.

There's even an optional Amazon Fire integration for streaming movies, and of course, the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

 

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The 12-inch display in the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer

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The driver's row is equipped with a wireless charging pad for your phone, a digital review mirror, an interior rear monitoring camera, an aluminum rotary shifter to save space, and a simple yet sophisticated steering wheel design that everyone seems to rave about.

 

The premium leather steering wheel in the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Photo from Jeep

The main 12-inch screen on the center console is perfect for directions and the occasional fireplace to set the mood.

A smaller screen on the center console also allows both the passenger and driver to adjust the quad-zone automatic temperature controls individually.

The driver's dash is all digital with a heads-up display as well. 

 

The baackup camera on the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Photo from Jeep

The passenger's main screen and the two directly behind the drivers and passenger's seats are ideal for Amazon streaming—keeping the kids entertained is a must on long trips.

In the middle row, you'll also get two separate command centers with heated and ventilated seats.

It really can't get more comfortable or luxurious than that. 

 

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The warm tan leather seats in the Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Photo from Jeep

If you love bumpin' to music, the Grand Wagoneer is fitted with 23 McIntosh speakers throughout the SUV for a real concert-like experience.

All you have to do is hook up to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and you're set.

 

McIntosh speakers in the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Photo from McIntosh 

A premium feature that brings everything full-circle is a panoramic moonroof, allowing every passenger to enjoy some sunlight or starry nights, too.  

 

The sunroof on the all-new Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Photo from Jeep

 

 

Grand Engine Power + Towing Capacity + Air Ride

The engine in the new Wagoneer is just what you'd expect and is not disappointing, even in the slightest.

Its 6.4L V8 standard is powerful enough to tow almost 10,000-lbs while pushing 471HP and 455 lb-ft of torque. That's plenty to get the job done—on or off the road. 

 

The new Jeep Grand Wagoneer towing a horse trailer down a gravel road

Photo from Jeep

If you're taking this spirited SUV on the road less traveled on, the Quadra-Lift air suspension might come in handy too.

It has two standard off-road heights, between 1.0 and 2.0 inches of extra ground clearance.

Deep puddle? No problem.

Rocky terrain? Easy.

However, keep in mind that this luxury SUV isn't quite ready for some serious off-roading and isn't trail-rated...yet. 

 

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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer driving through the canyon

Photo from Jeep

Are Jeep Wagoneers Good On Gas?

Taking a look at the gas mileage of the new Grand Wagoneer, the EPA rated it at roughly 15 MPG combined—13 city and 18 highway—with the 6.4L V8 engine.

While this is less than ideal, especially compared to its competitors with slightly better gas mileage, the towing capacity is significantly better than the Escalade and the Navigator. 

The hybrid option Grand Wagoneer and even a hands-free version are definitely on Jeep's radar for the near future too. 

 

The 20-inch standard wheels on the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Photo from Jeep

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer has set the bar even higher as an American icon in the SUV and station wagon market.

While the price is a little high, the premium, luxurious features and heritage of the Grand Wagoneer make this a super competitive SUV in the marketplace. 

 

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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer pulling a horse trailer

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Here's a quick recap on everything you need to know about the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer:

- 8 seater, luxury family SUV starting at $87-88K 

- 4 trim levels options: Series I, Series II, Obsidian, Series III

- Standard 6.4L V8 engine, 471HP and 455 lb-ft of torque

- Four-wheel-drive with almost 10,000 lb towing capacity

- 15 MPG combined

- Standard 20-inch wheels

- Quadra-Lift air suspension with two off-road heights

- Warm walnut trim pieces with metal finishes

- Apple CarPlay + Android Auto

- Palermo leather-trimmed seats with massage

- McIntosh audio system with 23 speakers

- Up to 75-inches of display

- Massive panoramic roof

 

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