From a woody station wagon to an opulent full-size SUV – that’s how the Jeep Grand Wagoneer has advanced. It’s one spectacular evolution for one of the spectacular autos I’ve been in. That isn’t hyperbole by me, nor ought to it’s taken flippantly.
Let’s restate it much more succinctly. The 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is mind-blowingly good.
Once I first noticed the Grand Wagoneer at a automotive present and sat in it, I saved uttering to myself, who does Jeep suppose they’re with this? It was an SUV in contrast to one I’ve seen from the notoriously rugged however sometimes-skimpy-on-the-amenities producer. With the newly relaunched Grand Wagoneer, Jeep is sending discover to Cadillac and the German and Japanese luxurious manufacturers that there’s a brand new challenger for the title of most luxurious SUV.
Overlook something you keep in mind from the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties Grand Wagoneer as this new mannequin is the polar reverse. Let’s begin with the seems to be. Gone is the wooden paneling that made the outdated Wagoneer distinctive. As an alternative is an exterior that oozes luxurious. Each angle of the stout SUV is filled with distinction and persona. From the American flag emblem on the motive force’s facet door to the daring grille with that acquainted Jeep-like grille. Though the Grand Wagoneer’s grille has extra depth and intrigue than different Jeep autos.
If it had been to reveal any resemblance it could be intently in comparison with the Land Rover in the way it presents itself. And that’s most likely mission completed for the Stellantis stylists that paid such near consideration to the Grand Wagoneer’s aesthetics. Beforehand the Grand Wagoneer was often known as a luxurious automobile and the 2022 model carries on that custom and extends it additional, certainly.
The 6.4-liter V8 engine is a lot highly effective to maneuver this massive SUV off the road rapidly. There’s 471 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque for the Grand Wagoneer. There’s an eight-speed automated transmission that retains the shifting easy and seamless. For those who suppose a V8, particularly one from Stellantis, is boastful and loud, the Grand Wagoneer’s V8 is kind of refined and properly suited to this SUV.
Inside is the place the Grand Wagoneer blew my thoughts. Outdoors of the actually top-tier luxurious manufacturers like Rolls Royce, there’s not a luxury-branded SUV that provides as good of an inside because the Grand Wagoneer. Plus, there are some options that I’ve not seen earlier than in a automobile, particularly a ten.25-inch passenger display that provides versatility for the passenger to help the motive force or personalize their expertise. This display, situated on the sprint, above the glove field, has 4 capabilities: Co-pilot navigation with the power to reroute or shoot instructions to the motive force’s navigation display, exterior automobile digital camera views, leisure choices and in addition Hearth TV functionality.
It is that Hearth TV functionality that was spectacular. The rear seats had their very own screens too that might stream by means of Hearth TV. That is the way forward for in-vehicle leisure and it was on show prominently on as much as 75 inches of display shows.
The second row seat is cavernous and the third row is even comfy for grownup passengers. The Grand Wagoneer has eight-passenger configurations for all trims. There may be 27.4 cubic toes of cargo room behind the third row which is phase main. With each second and third row seats folded flat the general cargo room is 116.7 cubic toes. My tester even had a refrigerated heart console for holding drinks or snack chilled. Plus all through the cabin there are quite a few hidden and extra storage compartments displaying this can be a automobile constructed with the household in thoughts.
There are 4 mannequin trims for the Grand Wagoneer together with: Series1, Sequence 2, Obsidian and Sequence 3. My tester was the top-of-the-line Sequence 3 which had a base worth of $104,845. With the heavy-duty tow package deal ($995), the aforementioned rear-seat leisure system ($1,995) and the 22-inch aluminum wheels ($995) introduced the full worth as much as $111,425. Sure the value tag is massive.
Stellantis is focusing on a particular demographic with the Grand Wagoneer. It’s laborious to justify a giant worth like that, however for certain there’s an immense quantity of niceties and particular touches on this SUV. In comparison with different autos on this worth vary, the Grand Wagoneer provides extra.
For those who can drop six figures on a automobile you most likely don’t care concerning the gas financial system (or lack thereof). The 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer has an EPA score of 13 mpg/metropolis and 18 mpg/freeway.
The very first thing you consider if you hear Jeep is likely to be rugged, however with the brand new Grand Wagoneer, Jeep needs to alter that notion. With this SUV they actually put the GRAND into Grand Wagoneer.
Jimmy Dinsmore is the Automotive Editor for The Weekend Drive and a contract automotive journalist and writer of two books, Mustang by Design and Ford Vans: The Historical past of the Ford F-Sequence.