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After six years of rumors and speculation, finally getting to see the sheetmetal of the upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer, even in concept form, feels like an Easter egg in and of itself. But it wouldn’t be a Jeep if it didn’t have a few special touches and little surprises baked into its design, both inside and out. Keep in mind that this Grand Wagoneer is just a concept, so some things can and will change between now and production, but we wouldn’t be shocked if the changes were minimal, since it’s slated for production in 2021 and certainly looks ready for it. The Grand Wagoneer’s design pulls inspiration from the past, but Jeep was clearly not afraid to try some new things, too. If the pictures are any indication, the Grand Wagoneer could reset the bar for what a large SUV can offer.
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The grille shown on the Grand Wagoneer concept is a blend of old and new. In the right light, it could even be confused with an electric beard trimmer. Jokes aside, the front end showcases a cascading chrome-slatted grille that pulls inspiration from the Grand Wagoneers of the late ’60s. Unlike the old grilles, though, this one is sectioned off into Jeep’s trademark seven-slot style. On top of that is an illuminated LED bar that runs the length of the grille and headlights, in addition to running in between the slots.
Look carefully, and you’ll see that the Grand Wagoneer concept pays homage to its hometown with a map of Detroit etched into its full-length panoramic glass roof. While it doesn’t seem likely, it would be pretty cool if this could make it to production, even as an option or part of a package.
Featured in Jeep’s teaser last week, on either end of the dash you will find the silhouette of the Grand Wagoneer concept inscribed with “EST. 1963” beneath it, giving a nod to the first model year of the Grand Wagoneer line. While the interior is sparing in its use of wood, it does use a healthy amount of raw aluminum with lacewood accenting.
The LED projector headlamps look very upscale; each projector rests on a fancy teak-wood surround. In addition to the headlamps, you will also find teak inlays on the four tie-down points of the roof rack. That will be a great conversation starter whether you’re visiting your local winery, or dropping the kids off at soccer practice.
A throwback with a modern twist is the two-spoke steering wheel, which resembles others before it. However, the new wheel is covered with stitched leather and aluminum and wood trim.
One thing that’s carried over from the old Grand Wagoneers is an open, airy greenhouse. Not only does an abundance of glass make the interior feel even more spacious, but the open greenhouse should also benefit the Grand Wagoneer’s driver in terms of outward visibility.
New Beats, Comfy Seats
The Grand Wagoneer features a custom-tailored 23-speaker McIntosh audio system that would be Jeep’s first in a production vehicle. Also, notice the seat controls on the door panel just above the door locks and window controls. This feature is commonplace in German luxury vehicles, and here they suggest that a great deal of articulation will be available, and who knows, perhaps even massaging seats.
Using a custom font developed specifically for the Grand Wagoneer, the design team added illumination behind the slightly raised letters to help the nameplates stand out, even at night, further adding to the opulent character that Jeep is aiming for.
Screens on Screens
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept features a heavily tech-laden interior. The central infotainment system is a 12.1-inch touchscreen with an all-new Uconnect 5 operating system. Beneath the main screen sits a 10.3-inch display solely for functions such as seat adjustment and climate controls. Below that you’ll find drive modes, an illuminated rotarty shift knob, and controls for the air suspension. As with many competitors in the luxury segment, the 12.3-inch instrument panel display is entirely digital. If these are not enough screens to satisfy you, you’ll be pleased to know that there is also a 10.3-inch screen for the front passenger and a seatback-mounted 10.1-inch entertainment screen for each second-row occupant.
The Grand Wagoneer concept rides on 24-inch aluminum wheels with dark-gray inlays between each trident-shaped set of spokes. These wheels look uncommonly ornate for a vehicle this close to production, and given that this is a large SUV that ought to see a great many rough roads, it may be unlikely that these beauties make it to the assembly line.
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