What Makes Grand Wagoneer - Grand?


September 14, 2021
Automotive
Editorial


What words come to mind when you think of the Jeep auto brand? Some popular descriptors that may pop into your head include sporty, rugged, durable, outdoorsy, adventurous and fun. This is especially true because so many off-road enthusiasts are loyal to Jeep 4×4 vehicle. Case in point: The company even sponsors an entire yearly event in Moab, UT centered around four-wheeling over rocky terrain. Remarkably, Jeep vehicles not designed for crawling over trails still embody many of these characteristics though — even if their tires never leave the pavement of a city or suburb.

Now what if someone told you one of the most luxurious SUVs entering the market in 2022 was made by Jeep? Would you be surprised? The Grand Wagoneer, a model manufactured and sold by Jeep but lacking the brand’s usual insignias, represents a serious change of pace for the company.

What sets the Grand Wagoneer apart from the more “typical” Jeep model? Here’s more on what features and design flourishes aim to make this model, well, grand.

2022 Grand Wagoneer: The Details

The Grand Wagoneer arose from humbler origins as a wood-paneled station wagon. The new Jeep Grand Wagoneer, though, is a premium SUV filled with technology and comfort touches. One reviewer calls its interior “surprisingly nice” in a Carscoops write-up, seemingly alluding to the fact that it embodies a sense of luxury we have traditionally come to expect from other high-end brands but not necessarily from Jeep.

This SUV’s MSRP starts just shy of $88,000 but can exceed $100,000 based on the trim level selected and features selected.

Under the hood drivers will find a 6.4-liter V8 engine capable of 471 horsepower and 455 lb. ft. of torque. Another performance feature worth noting is its Air Suspension system able to facilitate on-road and some off-road driving if needed. Drivers looking to take weekend trips with their toys — trailers, boats, you name it — will want to know about the towing capability: Up to 9,850 pounds.

What will drivers encounter when they slide inside the cabin? Leather and walnut-trimmed surfaces, 24-way adjustable massaging front seats and three rows of seating. In case this vehicle doesn’t sound enough like a spa retreat already, it also advertises customizable ambient lighting and a designated “relaxation mode.”

Jeep also seems to be emphasizing the technology offerings inside this SUV, like a 23-speaker high-end speaker system and a spot to wirelessly charge your phone. There are essentially as many inches of screen inside the cabin as found in many people’s living rooms. There’s even a designated app just for Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer owners to help them understand and maintain their vehicles.

What Are the Grand Wagoneer Reviews Saying?

Every vehicle has its strong suits and its areas ripe for improvement, right? Making an informed decision about whether a vehicle may be right for you involves lots of research into both the positives, like those we’ve already mentioned, and some of the potential pitfalls.

One expert for Kelley Blue Book cited the suspension, off-road capabilities — it can ford two feet of water! — luxurious interior and towing capacity as bright spots on this vehicle’s resume. In the cons column was its lack of design distinction from the more affordable Wagoneer, an average fuel economy and a lack of diesel/electric options for the time being.

You might say Jeep has tried to make the Grand Wagoneer its grandest adventure yet for those drivers willing and able to pay the big bucks for an upscale SUV — particularly those interested in both on- and off-road action. Most of what is especially notable about the Grand Wagoneer is either found inside the cabin — materials and tech offerings — or in the chassis/suspension.