The Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be a larger and classier set of SUVs from the brand that’s more often associated with off-roading than luxury. While we’ve only seen the Grand Wagoneer concept, which has bold styling and an extravagant interior, Jeep says the production-ready version of it and the regular Wagoneer will reach showrooms next year. Based on the full-size Ram 1500 pickup truck and boasting three-row seating, the new Jeeps expected to face off against established SUVs such as the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition as well as the BMW X7 and Cadillac Escalade. That suggests the Wagoneers will have a wide range of premium options, powertrain configurations, and price tags. We also expect that they’ll be endowed with competitive tow ratings, copious driver-assistance technology, and the company’s ubiquitous trail-capable hardware.
What’s New for 2021?
Even though Jeep has unveiled what looks like a close-to-production version of the upcoming Grand Wagoneer, we’re still not sure how it’ll compare with the non-Grand Wagoneer. We think that the standard model will occupy the mainstream space while the Grand will be marketed to a more affluent audience. With that said, we can only make an educated guess about the Wagoneers’ potential powertrains and final roster of features.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Wagoneer: $60,000 (est.)
- Grand Wagoneer: $75,000 (est.)
Jeep hasn’t released any information on how much its new three-row SUV will cost, but the brand’s president has said that the Wagoneer will start around $60,000. He also said that a fully loaded Grand Wagoneer will cost over $100,000, so we think the base model will begin somewhere in the neighborhood of $75,000.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Grand Wagoneer concept features a plug-in-hybrid powertrain, but we haven’t been given any details about the gas engine it pairs with or all-electric driving range. Still, with the debut of the plug-in-hybrid Wrangler 4xe and other upcoming PHEV models, it fits with the company’s ambitious plans to make sure that every model line in the Jeep brand has a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid by 2022. Jeep says both Wagoneers will utilize body-on-frame underpinnings derived from the Ram 1500, but they’ll feature an independent rear suspension rather than the truck’s solid rear axle. We also expect the Wagoneers to share engine and transmission options with the Ram. This suggests the 3.6-liter V-6 with the hybrid system (called eTorque) will be the base engine. The more powerful 5.7-liter Hemi V-8—also with eTorque technology—will almost certainly be offered, too. There’s also a chance the revised diesel 3.0-liter V-6, which is optional on the half-ton Ram, could be in the mix. We’re told the Grand Wagoneer will offer “unmatched” towing capability and will be available with three different all-wheel-drive systems and an air suspension.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Neither Jeep nor the EPA have released fuel-economy ratings for the Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer. Once those figures are announced, and we have the opportunity to test them on our 75-mph highway route—part of our extensive testing regimen—we can evaluate their real-world mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
With three rows of seats, the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will provide large families an opportunity to associate with the Jeep lifestyle, which hasn’t been possible since the old and unloved Commander was around. Based on the Grand Wagoneer concept, the cabin looks to be one of the company’s most elegant and high-tech. While we’re not sure if the concept’s generous use of glass and sustainable materials will be present on the production model, we think there’s a good chance the details that are inspired by the original Grand Wagoneer will, including the two-spoke steering wheel and the “EST. 1963” inscription that appears on the edge of the dashboard when you open the door. The driver will face a fully digital gauge cluster and a limited number of physical controls. (Many functions will be controlled through the infotainment screen.) The interior is also enhanced with customizable ambient lighting and a full-pane glass roof. The Grand Wagoneer concept supports seating for up to seven passengers, with the second row featuring captain’s chairs and the way-back row having a bench for three.
Infotainment and Connectivity
If you thought the new Mercedes-Benz S-class had a lot of screens, wait until you get a look inside the Grand Wagoneer concept. Not only does it boast a 12.1-inch gauge cluster, there’s also a 12.1-inch center touchscreen that sits above a 10.3-inch touchscreen with controls for the HVAC system. In front of the front passenger seat is yet another 10.3-inch touchscreen. You know, in case they can’t be bothered to interact with the huge center screen that supports the latest infotainment software (called Uconnect 5) that’s just inches away. We expect all manner of connectivity features and popular content, from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless charging. The concept also boasts a 10.3-inch touchscreen on the second-row center console as well as a pair of 10.1-inch touchscreens for each passenger in that row. Oh, and the concept has a powerful McIntosh stereo that features 23 speakers. Jeep proudly proclaims that it’s “the only vehicle audio system in the world powered by McIntosh.” So that means it must be pretty good, right? Exactly how much of this ultra-tech makes it into production remains to be seen.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Obviously, neither the Wagoneer nor Grand Wagoneer have been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, we expect both Jeep models to offer a slew of standard and optional driver-assistance technology, such as adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and more.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Jeep currently offers a competitive albeit unremarkable limited and powertrain warranty. The company also offers an extra-cost extended warranty and complimentary scheduled maintenance on select models as part of the Jeep Wave ownership program.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is available for two years on select models