2022 Jeep grand Wagoneer Overview
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer reveals Jeep is severe about taking up the posh gamers within the full-size SUV sport. It’s the most costly, finely crafted car the model has ever created. It’s additionally vastly extreme within the worst methods.
Full Disclosure: After months of backwards and forwards, Jeep lastly obtained round to letting me get behind the wheel of the Grand Wagoneer. The corporate dropped it off with a full tank of gasoline. For every week, it hauled my household and issues round in living-room consolation and luxurious.
What Is It?
Earlier than you take a look at what the Grand Wagoneer is, you need to take a look at the Jeep model as an entire, and the reasoning behind this newest, largest mannequin. Jeep is a gravy prepare for Stellantis. The model prints cash with gross sales of the Wrangler alone. Jeep might be probably the most beneficial model underneath the Stellantis umbrella. However Stellantis desires to maneuver Jeep upmarket, to play within the realm of Vary Rovers and Escalades.
The revival of the Wagoneer nameplate has been a very long time coming, however Jeep appeared to take awhile to completely decide to the thought. A tough timeline:
- January 2011: Fiat-Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne broadcasts the Grand Wagoneer, a brand new full-size SUV coming to market in 2013.
- September 2013: FCA delays manufacturing of the Grand Wagoneer to present the just lately launched third-generation Dodge Durango (nonetheless on sale right now) an opportunity available in the market, avoiding a scenario the place two FCA three-row SUVs compete for a similar consumers.
- June 2015: FCA says it would present the Grand Wagoneer to sellers at a conference in August of that yr.
- August-September 2015: FCA announces that the Grand Wagoneer shall be constructed on the similar plant because the Ram 1500, however that the car has been delayed till 2018.
- October 2016: Teaser pictures of a Grand Wagoneer prototype hit the web. The car appears to be primarily based on the Durango. Jeep says it would go on sale for the 2019 mannequin yr.
- December 2019: New spy photographs present a Ram-based three-row Jeep SUV in testing.
Lastly, in September 2020, Jeep unveiled the massive, opulent Grand Wagoneer idea. Jeep informed us it was supposed for manufacturing for the ‘21 mannequin yr, and it might be the first six-figure Jeep.
Now, two years later, it’s right here, and it’s enormous. Technically talking, that is the fourth-generation Jeep Wagoneer, and the primary car to put on that identify in additional than 30 years.
The Wagoneer isn’t only a mannequin, it’s a whole lineup of Jeeps. There’s the usual Wagoneer, a Tahoe or Expedition competitor. Subsequent is the Grand Wagoneer, which is what I’ll be reviewing right here. This goes up in opposition to the like of the BMW X7, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, or Mercedes GLS. On prime of all that, for the 2023 mannequin yr, you will get your Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer in extended-wheelbase type, denoted by the letter L.
Specs That Matter
The Grand Wagoneer is … enormous. And for good cause. It’s a correct, old-school SUV beneath, constructed body-on-frame and utilizing a modified model of the Ram 1500 platform. In some way, the Grand Wagoneer appears greater than a Ram in each dimension. It’s practically 18 ft lengthy, seven ft extensive, with a wheelbase that’s simply over 10 ft in size and a curb weight of 6,420 kilos. Even the doorways are enormous. Each entrance doorways measure practically 4 ft from entrance to again.
To maneuver all of that requires a worthy engine. Whereas I hoped to check out the brand new twin-turbo Hurricane straight six, that engine is just accessible on ‘23 model-year Wagoneers. The 2022 you see right here makes due with V8 energy.
Not simply any V8, both. Jeep went and dropped in the identical 6.4-liter V8 that powers each Scat Pack Charger or Challenger, together with the SRT Durango and Wrangler Rubicon 392. Whereas it makes as much as 485 horsepower in these functions, this SRT-darling engine is barely detuned within the Grand Wagoneer, making 471 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. That will get mated to an eight-speed computerized and Jeep’s Qudra-Drive full-time four-wheel drive system.
The mix is as thirsty as you’d count on. EPA scores for the Grand Wagoneer are 13 mpg metropolis, 18 mpg freeway, 15 mixed. However that’s not what you’ll get in the actual world.
No matter you had been considering of relating to the Grand Wagoneer’s worth, I’m betting it is advisable to purpose even greater. Together with a $2,000 vacation spot cost (Stellantis has the industry’s highest vacation spot expenses), pricing on the Grand Wagoneer begins at $90,640.
There are three trims, known as Sequence I, II, and III. Stellantis despatched me a Grand Wagoneer Sequence III, loaded to the hilt. The Sequence III begins at $109,995. This factor has so many options I may write a publish simply in regards to the choices. I’m speaking a 23-speaker McIntosh sound system, evening imaginative and prescient with pedestrian and animal detection, tri-pane panoramic glass roof, beverage cooler within the entrance console, twin 10.1-inch second-row screens with built-in Amazon Hearth TV. On and on. The overall worth of this specific Grand Wagoneer was a whopping $118,720.
We’d like extra blue interiors! Once I came upon that Jeep supplied blue leather-based upholstery on the Grand Wagoneer, I hoped I’d get to see it in particular person. And Jeep delivered.
I imply take a look at this inside. It’s in all probability among the finest interiors Jeep has ever created. All the pieces feels high-quality and opulent. From the quilted Palermo blue leather-based seats to the embossed metallic inside accents (a part of a $1,295 choice bundle) that lined sure switches and dials in actual metallic, there’s a sense of workmanship to the inside.
There’s room to stretch out, too. With a complete passenger inside quantity of 179 cubic ft, there’s room in spades. The second-row legroom rivals what you’d get in a Rolls Royce Phantom. Individuals of sure heights will be capable to cross their legs with out kicking or bumping something, due to 42.7 inches of rear leg room within the second row.
What’s much more spectacular is that precise, grownup people can sit comfortably within the third-row seats. There’s simply over 36 inches of legroom within the way-back. Cargo quantity is simply as spectacular. Jeep claims the Grand Wagoneer gives best-in-class cargo quantity; if you happen to skip the second-row captain’s chairs and middle console seen on this instance, you’ll have a New York Metropolis studio condominium’s value of house with all of the rear seats folded — 116.7 cubic ft in whole. Go for the rear console and captain’s chairs, and also you hand over 22.5 cubic ft of hauling room.
This factor is opulent as hell. There are options that may coddle, delight and cater to your each want: 4-zone local weather management, 20-way adjustable energy seats with heating and cooling for the primary and second rows, massaging entrance seats with six totally different therapeutic massage sorts and three depth settings. As you stroll as much as the Grand Wagoneer, the air suspension lowers the car for simpler entry and exit. The working boards fold out and all the inside lights come on. It’s tacky to say this, however the entire dance made me really feel particular about piling into the Grand Wagoneer.
The Jeep even has a “leisure mode,” finest loved at evening. When activated, the three screens up entrance play stress-free photos as soothing ambient gentle and peaceable, spa-like sounds envelope the cabin. You may show a crackling hearth or a soothing aquarium on the dashboard screens, with the inside accent lighting echoing the colour palette of what you’re watching.
Jeep says there’s over 75 inches of screens contained in the Grand Wagoneer. It sounds unbelievable till you see for your self. Up entrance, the motive force will get a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel that may present every part from a nav map to a dwell feed of the evening imaginative and prescient digital camera. The middle infotainment show is a 12-inch landscape-oriented monitor powered by Stellantis’s wonderful UConnect system.
Underneath that middle display is one other 10.2-inch articulating touchscreen for local weather management and the settings for the heated, ventilated, massaging seats. The local weather management display flips up with the contact of a button to disclose a wi-fi charging pad and 7 totally different charging ports plus an HDMI port.
The entrance seat passenger will get their very own 10.2-inch contact display show. Whereas I believed it was gimmicky at first, it’s a godsend for fogeys. The shotgun touchscreen permits the front-seat passenger to manage what’s enjoying on the rear FireTV shows, in addition to the flexibility to lock out sure touchscreen settings for back-seat passengers. The entrance passenger may even monitor what’s happening behind them with the FamCam, a ceiling-mounted digital camera that allows you to see the passengers within the second and third rows from a few totally different angles. The elective $2,195 rear leisure group provides particular person 10.1-inch touchscreens on the again of every entrance seat, so the youngsters can watch FireTV. Yet one more display adorns the second row console, providing controls for the rear local weather and changes for the captain’s chairs.
What Individuals Assume
Nobody is aware of it is a Jeep! You’d assume the “Grand” within the identify would tip off some extra observant individuals, however in my week with the Grand Wagoneer, most individuals gave the impression to be left questioning simply the place this enormous luxurious SUV got here from. And whereas the GRAND WAGONEER lettering is big, I counted simply 4 locations on the the physique the place the Jeep identify seems: within the headlight and taillight bezels and on the entrance and rear windscreens.
And whereas the Grand Wagoneer is gargantuan, the styling largely works. The signature seven-slot grille offers some household connection to the remainder of the Jeep lineup. Whereas some might not look after the styling, it comes throughout as muscular and dominant. Robust.
How It Drives
I’ve made my dislike of SUVs identified many instances earlier than. My thoughts hasn’t modified. However that doesn’t imply I don’t get the attraction of a commanding view of the highway. Within the Grand Wagoneer, I felt like I used to be on the helm of a ship. Merely put, this factor simply dominates the highway — and easily. When you’re very conscious of the truth that this factor is a giant, heavy beast, the steering and experience are plush. Jeep did a wonderful job with the Qudra-Elevate air suspension system, which soaks up each single bump and imperfection on the highway. It’s a sleep inducing experience: Many of the passengers that rode with me within the Grand Wagoneer ended up dozing off on longer drives.
The Grand Wagoneer additionally defies logic with how rapidly it could stand up to hurry. That 6.4-liter V8 is all the time keen to present you each horse it’s obtained on faucet. Whereas it wouldn’t make sense to speak understeer, skidpad g’s or braking distance in one thing like this, it is advisable to perceive: This factor will depart a wake of confused drivers in its mud coming off a pink gentle. I determine it constantly does the dash to 60 mph in round 5.5 seconds, which, for a three-ton household hauler, is wild.
If it is advisable to enterprise off-road, don’t fear: That is nonetheless a Jeep. The air suspension can increase as much as present a full 10 inches of floor clearance. And with drive modes for rocks, sand/mud, and snow, together with low-range 4WD and off-road pages that present wheel articulation and pitch/roll on the middle dashboard display, this factor looks like it may deal with its personal on a tricky path — if you happen to didn’t thoughts the danger of scraping all that paint and chrome on some tree branches or rocks.
Pricey lord Jesus, this factor is thirsty. I by no means even touched the claimed EPA figures. In practically 900 miles of driving, I averaged 11.8 mpg. The Grand Wagoneer has a 26.5-gallon gas tank (which you’re required to fill with premium), nevertheless it struggled to come back near 300 miles of estimated vary on a full tank. It took me practically $90 to place half a tank on this factor.
And if you wish to save gasoline, Jeep’s recommendation to you is “drive slower.” This is among the solely new autos I’ve pushed lately that doesn’t have some kind of Eco mode or fuel-saving drivetrain setting. The air suspension will drop down into its lowest “aero” mode on the freeway, however that’s about it.
There have been virtually too many options within the Grand Wagoneer I sampled. And although this car was basically brand-new, lower than 5,000 miles on the clock, I encountered quite a lot of electrical gremlins.
On three separate events, after I began the Jeep, the windshield wipers got here on for no obvious cause. The wiper management stalk was set to OFF, and it didn’t appear to be any kind of automated luxurious characteristic. After the third time, it by no means occurred once more. As soon as, after I began the Grand Wagoneer, I obtained a warning that Tow/Haul mode was faulting. After about 5 minutes of twiddling with varied controls and settings, the issue corrected itself and by no means returned.
The UConnect system utterly crashed someday as I used to be on the freeway. The middle display went utterly darkish for about 3 minutes earlier than rebooting itself, throughout which my music saved enjoying, with me unable to vary tracks or alter the quantity.
The middle show additionally had a glitchy method of beginning up. When it’s working as designed, the central touchscreen performs a Grand Wagoneer-themed animation because the system boots up. I hardly ever obtained to see it — as a substitute, the display would flicker like a damaged PC, exhibiting flashes of pink, inexperienced, blue, and TV static. This occurred each time I began the Jeep.
There have been little high quality points too. The switches to open and shut the panoramic sunroof and its solar shade each had “Auto” marked on them, however I couldn’t get any one-touch operation to work. And a few of the haptic controls within the cabin had been both too delicate, or didn’t work in any respect. The worst was the haptic management for 4WD, which sits subsequent to the rotary gear shift. The haptic was so delicate, I by chance engaged low-range 4WD on a number of events, even when the button had merely been grazed by a material lanyard.
Lastly, the touch-sensitive controls for the motive force’s heated and ventilated seat, therapeutic massage perform, and heated steering wheel by no means labored for me. Even urgent laborious, nothing occurred. If I needed any management over these options, I had to enter the middle display or the local weather management display beneath it to drag up these capabilities.
There’s lots to love in regards to the Grand Wagoneer. It has distinctive, American styling, and it’s a hell of a primary effort from an organization that has by no means performed on this worth bracket earlier than. I can actually say I’d select a Grand Wagoneer over a comparable Escalade, GLS or Navigator. The Jeep has a specific benefit over its American opponents: Not like the top-dog luxurious vehicles from GM and Ford, the Grand Wagoneer just isn’t a dressed-up model of a extra reasonably priced on a regular basis SUV. Whenever you purchase a Grand Wagoneer, you’re getting one thing unequalled within the Stellantis lineup. That units this car aside.
However the Grand Wagoneer just isn’t with out some main downsides. It is a mammoth machine, laborious to park and troublesome to maneuver in tight spots. And the gas economic system is atrocious, which is tough to swallow even as gas prices fall from their summer record highs.
It makes you marvel if Jeep may need been higher off launching a brand new Grand Wagoneer eight or 10 years in the past. Again when massive, thirsty SUVs felt barely much less maliciously extreme. Jeep may have gently joined the full-size luxurious area and labored its method as much as the ostentatiousness of the car you see right here.
Then once more, the tactic of creating an enormous splash late within the sport appears to be paying off: Jeep moved 3,932 Grand Wagoneers within the second quarter of this yr. In whole, the corporate has offered simply over 7,000 Wagoneers to date in 2022. For a home car with a six-figure price ticket and barely-double-digit MPG, that’s fairly spectacular.