2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Mar 11, 2021
FAST FACTS
  • Jeep builds a full-size, 3-row SUV
  • Heritage design cues rendered in a modern way
  • High-tech interior with Uconnect 5 infotainment system
  • Claimed "best-in-class" interior passenger room
  • Towing capacity up to 10,000 pounds
  • New Jeep Wagoneer price starts just under $60,000 (with destination)
  • New Jeep Grand Wagoneer price tops $110,000 with every option
  • The release date is the summer of 2021
  • Jeep builds the Wagoneer models in Warren, Michigan

The new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are full-size, 3-row SUVs built to compete with everything ranging from loaded examples of the Chevrolet Tahoe to the Cadillac Escalade and from the priciest versions of the Ford Expedition to the Lincoln Navigator. Similar to those rivals, the SUVs come with a long list of high-quality materials and high-technology amenities. 

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Blue and 2022 Jeep Wagoneer Red Front View

Available in Series I, Series II, and Series III trim levels, the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer prices start at $57,995. The automaker says the Series I version will be available later and will come only with rear-wheel drive (RWD). The Series II and Series III versions offer four-wheel drive (4WD) as an option for $3,000. 

The 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer price kicks off at $86,995 for Series I trim with standard 4WD. Additionally, the Grand Wagoneer comes in Series II, Obsidian, and Series III variants. A loaded Grand Wagoneer Series III with all of the extras will carry a price tag reading higher than $110,000.

Note that these base prices do not include a destination charge of $2,000. That means a Wagoneer Series II with 4WD is going to cost $72,995 before you add a single option to it.

Exterior Features

Inspired by the original 1963 Jeep Wagoneer and luxurious 1984 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, the new 2022 replacements for these models might be arriving 30 years late, but that's better than never. Jeep positions the Wagoneer as a premium SUV similar to the GMC Yukon, while the luxurious Grand Wagoneer will compete with the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II Red Rear View

Jeep says it strove to create a timeless, elegant design but with a modern interpretation of freedom and luxury, and it looks like the company succeeded. 

Naturally, classic Jeep design cues are present and accounted for, such as the 7-slot grille, available tow hooks, a front skid plate, and trapezoidal wheel arches. Wheel sizes range from 18 inches to 22 inches in diameter. A set of LED headlights flanks the grille, and LED fog lights reside in the bumper. Numerous Easter eggs (small brand details that you find by closely examining the vehicle) are also sprinkled about, inside and out.

Wagoneers have nameplate lettering affixed to the hood's leading edge, while Grand Wagoneers include it in the slightly wider portion of the brow above the grille and headlights. Like the original Grand Wagoneer, the new one's grille "acknowledges" the hood. Unlike the original, as you approach the Grand Wagoneer, a welcome lighting sequence illuminates the exterior and interior of the SUV.

Viewed from the side, the new Grand Wagoneer has black windshield pillars stretching up into a black roof. Both SUVs feature body-color roof pillars and chrome window surrounds, clearly defining the SUV's greenhouse. Up top, roof rails with tie-down points flank an available panoramic glass roof. The Grand Wagoneer's power deploying running boards are out of sight when they're not in use, and each front door has nameplate lettering complete with an American flag.

The rear LED taillights wrap around the SUV's corners into the power tailgate, creating a wide frame for the license plate beneath the nearly vertical rear window. Reflectors live in the lower diffuser panel on the rear bumper, and huge lettering identifies this Jeep from behind.

If you're looking for a blacked-out appearance, the Grand Wagoneer Obsidian delivers. It sits on black 22-inch wheels and features blacked-out exterior trim combined with piano black and Dark Onyx Chiseled metal interior trim.

Interior Features

If the exterior is impressive, the interior continues in the same vein, especially in the luxurious Grand Wagoneer.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Interior Dashboard Tan Leather

Leather is standard in all versions, with higher Series models featuring premium grades of upholstery with quilting and accent stitching. Grand Wagoneers include Satin American Walnut wood trim and genuine aluminum, and offer available piano-black panels. Five custom ambient lighting themes are also available, adjustable for color and brightness.

Jeep is promising "best in class" overall passenger volume in the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, complete with three rows of seating that easily accommodate eight passengers and people who are 6'4" in height. In the Wagoneer, 12-way power-adjustable front seats are standard, while the Grand Wagoneer offers 24-way adjustment with massage. Both SUVs offer a choice between second-row captain's chairs or a bench seat.

Triple-zone climate control is standard, with Grand Wagoneers offering a 4-zone system with matching front and rear 10.25-inch climate touch panels. Heated and ventilated front and second-row seats and a heated steering wheel are available.

Jeep says the SUV supplies 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seat, in part due to the Wagoneers' squared-off roofline. Fold the third-row seat flat, and it offers up to 70.9 cu.-ft. of volume. Maximum capacity with the second-row seats folded down measures up to 116.7 cu.-ft. in the Wagoneer and 94.2 cu.-ft. in the Grand Wagoneer.

Under the Hood

Jeep first revealed the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer as a concept SUV equipped with a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain. The company will not comment on a potential PHEV version of the production model, but it also seems to be a likely addition to the lineup in the future.

At launch, the 2022 Wagoneer has a 5.7-liter V8 engine equipped with Stellantis's eTorque mild-hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) technology. It generates 392 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 404 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,950 rpm, and supplies the SUV's maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. 

Grand Wagoneers have a standard 6.4-liter V8 engine able to tow 9,850 lbs. It supplies 471 hp at 6,000 rpm and 455 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. Jeep says it accelerates the full-size SUV to 60 mph in six seconds. Both engines use an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Three different 4WD systems will be available for the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer: 

  • Quadra-Trac I is a full-time active 4WD system that can send up to 40% of engine power to the rear wheels. It does not offer 4-Hi or 4-Lo settings for serious off-roading.
  • Quadra-Trac II has a 2-speed transfer case with 4-Hi and 4-Lo, and it employs sensors to respond to driving style and surface conditions. It can deliver up to 100% of engine power to a single rear wheel, if necessary.
  • Quadra-Drive II is the most sophisticated of the three and equips the SUV with an electronic locking rear differential.

Selec-Terrain traction settings also standard ready to assist drivers on a wide range of road and trail surfaces. Choices include Auto, Sport, Tow, Snow, Mud, Sand, and Rock, each coordinating up to 12 different vehicle systems to ensure steady progress.

Additionally, the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer offer Selec-Speed Control, a low-speed cruise control system useful in difficult off-roading situations. It manages vehicle speed while the driver concentrates on steering the Jeep down the proper path. 

Both SUVs use body-on-frame construction combined with independent front and rear suspension designs. Rear load leveling is standard. Wheel sizes range from 18 inches with Wagoneer Series I trim to 22 inches for the Grand Wagoneer.

Jeep's Quadra-Lift air suspension with driver-selectable ride-height control is available for the Wagoneer and standard for the Grand Wagoneer. The air suspension can lower the vehicle by 1.6 inches to make it easier to get into and out of and raise the vehicle an additional two inches for added clearance.

In their standard setting, the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer offer eight inches of ground clearance. With Quadra-Lift raised to its maximum height, that increases to ten inches. The maximum approach, breakover, and departure angles measure 25, 22, and 24 degrees, respectively. Jeep says the SUVs can safely ford up to 24 inches of standing water.

Safety

Captain Obvious says it's a good bet that between its substantial curb weight, modern vehicle architecture, Uconnect connected service plans, and the latest in advanced driving assistance and collision avoidance technologies, these SUVs will be safer than the previous Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

Beyond that bit of insight, know that both of these Jeeps include as standard or optional equipment a long list of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). Highlights from the standard list include:

  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability
  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Automatic forward and rear emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assistance
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic warning
  • Rear parking assistance sensors

Additionally, depending on the model, the series trim, and options, Jeep supplies access to:

  • Active Driving Assist
  • Hands-free Active Driving Assist (coming later in the year)
  • Night vision with pedestrian and animal detection
  • Front cross-traffic warning
  • Rear camera mirror
  • Surround-view camera
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Front parking assistance sensors

Active Driving Assist combines the adaptive cruise control with a lane-centering assistance system to provide Level 2 assisted driving. The driver must keep their hands on the steering wheel while using it. 

The hands-free version of this technology is coming later in 2021, and it works similar to Super Cruise from General Motors. With this Level 2+ technology, drivers can take their hands off of the steering wheel but must pay close attention at all times and be prepared to take full control at any moment.

A ParkSense Automated Parking System is also available, and it can autonomously park these Jeeps while the driver is aboard and sitting behind the steering wheel.

Technology

If you've looked at the interior photo above, you can see that the new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are loaded with technology. Fully outfitted, a Wagoneer or a Grand Wagoneer has seven different digital displays – eight if you include the HUD – totaling up to 75 inches of screen space. 

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Screens Front and Rear Seats

Configurable digital instrumentation is standard, rendered on a 10.25-inch display in the Wagoneer and a 12.3-inch display in the Grand Wagoneer. Additionally, a full-color 10-inch head-up display (HUD) is available, offering three different visual themes. But the real showstoppers relate to the Uconnect 5 infotainment system, the Amazon Fire TV for Auto streaming capability, and the Relax Modes that transform these Jeeps into a soothing oasis.

The Uconnect 5 system uses a 10.1-inch touchscreen in the Wagoneer, while the Grand Wagoneer goes bigger with a 12-inch touchscreen. Below the Uconnect 5 screens, a 10.25-inch comfort display houses the climate controls.

An available rear-seat entertainment system adds dual 10.1-inch touchscreen displays for second-row passengers to use. HDMI plugs allow streaming from a device, either through a personal data plan or the SUV's onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. Occupants can stream content from major content providers through the Amazon Fire TV for Auto technology, including Amazon Kids+ programming.

Jeep also provides a 10.25-inch touchscreen display for the front passenger. That person can perform co-piloting duties, manage rear-seat entertainment, view exterior camera views, and enjoy streaming content via Amazon Fire TV for Auto. It also has an HDMI plug, allowing the passenger to stream content from a device to the screen. Jeep says this screen has a special privacy film so that it can't distract the driver.

Multiple Relax Modes are also available, depicting matching imagery on all of the interior screens. For example, Fireplace Mode creates a cozy ambiance, while Gliding Mode makes you feel like you're on the Soarin' Over the World ride at Disneyland.

Jeep also offers two different McIntosh premium audio systems in the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. A 19-speaker version is optional on selected Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models, but Jeep restricts an exclusive setup with 23 custom-designed speakers and a 24-channel amplifier to Grand Wagoneers. With both systems, Jeep aimed to carry traditional McIntosh features and aesthetics from the home audio components into the Wagoneers.

Jeep is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of March 11, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.

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