It was at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2011 that the late Sergio Marchionne announced that the Grand Wagoneer would be making a comeback in early 2013. That did not happen, but FCA reconfirmed the model in January 2017 in part of an investment that also allows Jeep to introduce a smaller Wagoneer and Wrangler-based pickup. Although the Gladiator has been around for a while, the Wagoneer duo have yet to be revealed.
Over the past few weeks, Jeep has taken its teasing game up a notch to announce the long-awaited arrival of the Grand Wagoneer. It finally happens next week when the large luxury SUV premieres at an online event alongside the plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler. To our surprise, it turns out that the Grand Wagoneer will in fact be a concept car.
While it may be a disappointment, the bright side is that the Wagoneer models are still on track to go into production in the second quarter of 2021. This leads us to believe that the concept will be a near-production showcar that will brush a exact chart of what you’ll find at a Jeep dealership in just over a year.
If you had any doubts about the first of two versions of Wagoneer on September 3, Jeep’s Facebook Live invitation makes it clear that we’ll see the bigger of the two SUVs. Judging from what the teasers have shown, the Grand Wagoneer will play the retro card when it comes to the grille and badges, while the interior will be much more luxurious than any other Jeep.
There’s more to come from Jeep beyond the two Wagoneer models and the electrified Wrangler, as a new three-row SUV will go into production in Q1 2021 and will be positioned between the Grand Cherokee and the Wagoneer. Speaking of the Grand Cherokee, the next-gen model is expected to hit the assembly line in the third quarter of 2021.
But wait, there is more. Spy photos have revealed the V8-powered Wrangler is actually coming and we also know from Jeep that a tiny sub-Renegade crossover is slated for 2022. Meanwhile, another batch of images taken by spy photographers has shown that the Compass is preparing for a pinch. and enjoy tablet-style infotainment.