When one thinks of the Wagoneer, one usually thinks back to the time when mom and dad packed you and your siblings in the back and loaded up with camping equipment to head up to Algonquin Parks to spend a weekend under the stars.
Today, Jeep officially unveiled its new vision for this American icon, showcasing a set of vehicles sporting a new level of sophistication and luxury design both on the outside and on the inside.
Christian Meunier, Jeep Brand chief executive officer spoke to assembled automotive journalists about the new Wagoneers, telling them that when Jeep teased the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer back in September of last year, Jeep was going to do more than bring back a storied nameplate. “We were going to expand it into the premium world. When we shared our vision then of the Wagoneer brand, we said it would redefine American premium and we would deliver a unique customer experience.”
It would not be just another Jeep brand, he continued. “Its very essence would be different. It would evolve into something totally new, a unique and very distinctive brand within the Jeep brand. Now, those plans are a reality.”
The 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer zeros-in on the North American mainstream SUV market from the compact to full-size segments, with the Wagoneer planted in the growing large SUV segment and the Grand Wagoneer aimed squarely at the luxury premium segment.
Meunier said these new vehicles are for consumers who “lead life to the fullest and enjoy every bit of it. They don’t let trends, status symbols or even other’s expectations to define or limit them. They want to follow their own path, one that is unique.”
To that end, Meunier said that the 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are made to stand out in a sea of plain SUVs and premium brands, instead bringing a unique sprit and flair all of their own.
Exterior details add to premium look
The 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models feature a wide stance, and features large architecturally drawn windows for enhanced outward visibility. The seven-slot grille ties these new vehicles to the Jeep brand. On the Grand Wagoneer, the grille will come with paint-over-chrome laser-etched rings, and on the Grand Wagoneer Series III models raised aluminum badging with two-piece copperchino-accented letters will be featured. The Wagoneer will also come with standard 20-inch wheels, and the Grand Wagoneer models will come with standard 20- or 22-inch aluminum wheels.
The Wagoneer will sport LED headlamps, fog lamps, accent badging and a standard side step while the Grand Wagoneer will come with a two-tone black accent roof, a distinctive hood, front-end, grille, premium LED lighting, fender flares and power retractable side-steps as standard equipment.
Interior to showcase craftsmanship and comfort
Harkening back to the original Grand Wagoneer’s use of wood for its exterior the interior of this new 2022 Grand Wagoneer will showcase Satin American Walnut wood inside. While the extensive use of such high-quality wood looks back on the brand’s illustrious past, the interior also looks squarely forward with an advanced one-piece instrument panel with a two-piece design, and an optional Piano Black mid-bolster. Aluminum is used on the door speakers and vent surroundings. The center console emerges from beneath the aluminum wing and an aluminum shift knob sits at the base of the of the center console flanked by toggle switches that control Selec-Terrain and ride height systems.
The 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will come with the automaker’s Uconnect 5 system with a 10.1- or 12-inch digital displays and support Co-Pilot navigation and device management, the Alexa virtual assistant, connectivity for two Bluetooth-enabled phones, wireless support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and 4G LTE WiFi hotspot connectivity for up to eight wireless devices. An added luxury is the premium McIntosh sound system.
Under the hood power and safety
The 2022 Wagoneer will have under its hood a 5.7-litre V8 engine fitted with a 48-volt eTorque hybrid as standard equipment, and will put out 392 horsepower and 404 lb-ft of torque. The 2022 Grand Wagoneer will come with a 6.4-litre V8 engine, and will deliver 471 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. For a smoother ride, both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will come with a 4×4 system (Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II), and an available Quadra-Lift air suspension is on offer as well.
Safety has not been forgotten with the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer come equipped with more than 120 standard safety features across the lineup, including:
• Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection
• Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go
• Active Lane Management
• Blind-spot Monitoring
• Rear Cross Path detection
• Rear park assist sensors with stop
• Switch-activated electric park brake
Pricing and availability
Canadian looking purchase a 2022 Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer can begin to do so today through Wagoneer.ca. Canadian customers will also get access to the Wagoneer Client Services in Canada offering a three-year maintenance program that covers up to six oil changes and up to six tire rotations, dedicated call centre support in both English and French, trip interruption and first day rental.
|2022 TRIM MODELS||Canadian MSRP|
|Wagoneer Series I (Late availability)||$69,995|
|Wagoneer Series II||$79,995|
|Wagoneer Series III||$85,995|
|Grand Wagoneer Series I||$100,995|
|Grand Wagoneer Series II||$106,995|
|Grand Wagoneer Obsidian (Summer 2021)||$113,995|
|Grand Wagoneer Series III||$120,995|