Remember when Jeep first announced it would dust off the “Wagoneer” badge? That was in 2011, and it was supposed to hit the market in early 2013. We have entered the second half of 2020 and the body-on-chassis SUV is still not available and it will take you some time before it dies. ‘get to check one at the local Jeep dealership. The good news is that a Grand Wagoneer concept will be unveiled today to signal an expected production version for the 2022 model year.
Judging from what the teasers have shown, this will only be a concept in name, as Jeep has suggested that the Grand Wagoneer we’ll be seeing in the coming hours will be a near-production version. This would make sense given that FCA has already announced plans to start production in the second quarter of 2021, when the smaller Wagoneer is also expected to hit the assembly line.
The seven-seat SUV is expected to borrow most of the mechanical parts of the Ram 1500, but packaged in a much more luxurious package to compete with Lincoln Navigators and Cadillac Escalade. Considering Jeep’s heritage and the versatility of the donor truck, it should have some serious off-road chops, although it remains to be seen how many Grand Wagoneer owners will stray off the beaten track.
FCA’s new inline-six Tornado engine is said to power the on-road model, and at least one hybrid powertrain has already been confirmed. There is an old rumor suggesting that a fully charged version could cost up to $ 100,000 and have Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities. We should learn more once the wraps pull out of the concept later today. .
This isn’t the only reveal planned by Jeep as the Wrangler 4xe is also included in the livestream. It was widely teased ahead of today’s reveal and will go on sale in the US in December, with Europe and China to follow in early 2021. It would offer 50 kilometers of electric range and combine a turbocharged one. Regular Wrangler 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor.
The 4xe derivative will follow the Jeep Compass and Renegade plug-in hybrid models which have been on sale in Europe for some time. It will be a further addition to the Wrangler lineup after the introduction of the EcoDiesel automatic model only for the 2020MY with a 3.0-liter V6 adapted from the Ram 1500 with 260 hp and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque.