Poised deliver a super-sized sport utility vehicle to a brand that doesn’t have anything in its lineup to compete with the likes of the Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition or their more-premium alternatives, Jeep’s returning Grand Wagoneer is probably about a year from entering production. Eager to check on Jeep’s progress, our sister site AutoGuide spoke with brand head Jim Morrison this week.
Most of the interview centered around the new Gladiator Mojave and how important it was not to taint the Jeep brand by forgetting what it’s supposed to represent — getting groovy off the pavement. Morrison also touched on the Wagoneer, however, hinting that we’ll get our first official taste very soon.
The model is expected to go on sale in 2021 (possibly early 2022), with public debuts occurring this year.
“I think one of the things we like about the Jeep brand is that we pay attention to what our customers are saying,” Morrison told AutoGuide. “They’ve said they wanted a pickup truck? We’ve given the Gladiator. They’ve said they wanted a Wrangler with a diesel? We’ve given them EcoDiesel. So obviously we pay attention to them and close attention to what our customers are looking for. It makes a lot of sense to be next out of the chute with the Grand Wagoneer, but more on that soon.”
With room for at least seven, the returning Wagoneer and uplevel Grand Wagoneer will be the largest products in Jeep’s current lineup. The manufacturer has previously confirmed the existence of hybrid variants; Morrison hinted Wagoneer will have an electrified powertrain offered as an option — probably after it has been on sale for a while and potentially using the brand’s new “4xe” badging. While this might upset purists, shared bones with the Ram 1500 means body-on-frame construction and healthy off-road chops. No reason to panic.
Most powertrains should be familiar to Ram owners. While Jeep has yet to confirm everything offered with the Wagoneer, anything that fits into the pickup should be fair game — ditto for the 48-volt, mild-hybrid system that’s available on the 3.6-liter six-cylinder and 5.7-liter V8. As with all Jeep models, accessories will carry an elevated level of importance. Expect an impressively lengthy list in the Jeep Performance Parts catalog.