Jeep’s current car lineup isn’t exactly on par with some of its rivals. However, this is about to change in the near future. Not that long ago the 2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer has been confirmed as their all new flagship SUV. The Wagoneer name is not new. In fact it has been used a few times in Jeep’s history with the last time being just a version of the Grand Cherokee. This time around things will be a bit more different. For starters, the new model will be considerably larger than its sibling as well as considerably more expensive. Jeep’s CEO said that the Wagoneer is going to become a luxury SUV and it might be their first model to breach $100,000.
At first rumors suggested the car was going to use a Maserati chassis. This is not the case though. Instead, it seems that the Grand Wagoneer is going to be based on the same chassis as the upcoming Ram 1500 truck. This is a rather interesting move but it has been done before by some of their rivals.
Because of the truck based chassis it means the SUV will not be as good to drive as a unibody design. However, it will boast a much higher tow rating, likely more powerful engines as well as better off-road capability. All of that should allow it to shine in a class where the European cars are currently leaders.
2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer design
Even though Jeep didn’t release any pictures of it, the 2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer has been seen in a dealer’s brochure which wasn’t meant to leak on the internet. From it we can clearly see the massive size difference over the Grand Cherokee. The Grand Wagoneer seems to be at least 4 to 8 inches taller and much wider as well.
In the front it boasts Jeep’s 7 vertical slats grille but it seems to come with all LED headlights and tail lights. The brochure also shows a dual-exhaust setup in the back which is actually remarkably similar to that of the Ram 1500 test mule we have seen a while ago. There is still no word on the length but all things considered, it is safe to assume it will be quite a bit larger than its siblings.
Inside the cabin
There is no question about the fact the FCA group wants the 2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer to become a luxury SUV. In order to become one it will have to get a unique interior which won’t use parts from the truck. We do hope Jeep will decide for the better and choose to make the Grand Wagoneer special because that is the only path to success at this point. Premium materials, 4, 5, 6 and even 8 seats configurations are likely going to be possible and all the passengers might benefit from bucket seats which would definitely elevate the experience.
Under the hood
It seems the Grand Wagoneer might get roughly the same engines as the upcoming truck. However, do not expect it to boast anything less than 400 horsepower, especially since its rivals usually offer much more than that. We expect the base version to receive some sort of turbocharged V6 gas engine with as much as 400 horsepower and north of 400 lb-ft of torque. A large 6.4 liter naturally aspirated V8 with close to 500 horsepower is also a real possibility. Both of these are expected to use an 8 speed automatic driving either the rear or all four wheels. A hybrid would allow it to better fit its market segment but at this point it still seems highly unlikely. The 3 liter EcoDiesel is more than likely not going to be available due to it being a premium SUV and not a workhorse.