News on the 2021 Jeep Wagoneer Models
Automaker Jeep® is known for SUVs that can go off-road and handle the rocks and dirt. They’re also known for luxury and class in some of their more upscale models. Now, finding a nice balance between the two, Jeep has been teasing the return of its ultimate suburban status symbol, the Grand Wagoneer. The news came from Jeep boss and current Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley back in 2016, but since then, there’s been quite a couple of hiccups. When Jeep released its five-year roadmap, the Grand Wagoneer was still under wraps. For the time being, 2021 seems to be the new release date, so let’s take a look at what the new vehicle could be, given all the technology that’s been popping up as of late.
Alternative Fuel is Happening
Jeep already wet their toes in the alternative fuel market when they released the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, equipped with a mild-hybrid system, eTorque, as a part of their powertrain. The 2019 Ram 1500 also came with eTorque as an option, and it greatly increases the pickup truck’s maximum towing capacity and torque output. During the talk of the Jeep Five Year Roadmap, the automaker also stated that it would offer a plug-in hybrid variant for every vehicle it sells, including the future Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models. Currently, the only plug-in hybrid Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) offers is the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, but it’s unclear if Jeep will go the path of the Maserati (also an FCA brand) and share the Pacifica Hybrid powertrain technology or develop their own.
Revving Up the Horsepower
Alongside the talk of alternative fuel and hybrid variants, a Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk was rumored to also be coming out, powered by the same supercharged V8 of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. We think this rumor is dead though because the new look for Jeep isn’t high horsepower – it’s new terrain capabilities with their upcoming Deserthawk trims. Plus, with muscle car automaker Dodge going electric in 2020, it’s unlikely any other FCA automakers will be quick to replace the supercharged and SRT lineups with another gas-guzzling automobile in 2021.
Yes, 2021 was the most recent release date given to us for the Jeep Wagoneer or Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Although Manley announced the return of the Grand Wagoneer in 2016, the vehicle has been making rounds since 2014. Part of the delay was due to FCA pouring money into revamping several of their assembly plants to restructure production priority and build less-expensive Jeep SUVs along in-demand Ram pickup trucks. Automotive News reports that the Jeep will come out in 2020, but after placing so much focus on their new pickup truck, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, Jeep points to further down the road for the Wagoneer models, maybe even 2022.
This Might Get Expensive
Soon after the release of the roadmap, Manley was discussing a vehicle segment that Jeep has been ignoring for some time – premium luxury cars.
“If I go back a few years, Grand Cherokee is positioned against [the BMW] X5. It was a premium position, and it should be rightfully in that place … I want to keep Jeep premium in the larger car segments.” – Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand, during an interview with Top Gear at the Geneva Auto Show 2018.
If the Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer are going to become those new luxury models, consumers can already expect a large MSRP. Some say as much as $140k, an outstanding number, and not in the good way. Plus, $140k doesn’t exactly scream “suburban life”.
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