Is it or is not a Jeep? That’s the big question surrounding the announcement from Jeep that the iconic Wagoneer will return to American roads with the debut of the 2022 Wagoneer and the 2022 Grand Wagoneer. This time, however, the Grand Wagoneer and Wagoneer won’t carry the Jeep nameplate but, instead, will be an extension of the Jeep brand. So, what does this mean we can expect from the luxurious Grand Wagoneer that boasts a six-figure starting MSRP for its top-tier trim? In-seat massages and so much more!
Exchanging Ruggedness for Opulence
It’s fitting that the Grand Wagoneer will extend the Jeep lineup rather than join it since the model exchanges Jeep’s iconic ruggedness for opulence. “As a lifestyle brand that thrives on rugged imagery and serious off-road capability, Jeep enters uncharted territory with the luxury aspirations of the new 2022 Grand Wagoneer,” Car and Driver reports. This is a huge risk for Jeep, but it’s one that just might pay off since the original Grand Wagoneer was the first premium SUV on the road and quickly became an icon among American drivers. But does this mean that drivers will happily pay over $80,000 to get behind the wheel of the redesigned icon?
Luxury Redefined: Trim Options
If the high sticker price hasn’t scared you off, then you’re certainly in the right place as we dive into how the Grand Wagoneer redefines luxury across its four trim options. The 2022 Grand Wagoneer takes inspiration from the original Grand Wagoneer by combining luxury and freedom. This takes form in its timeless silhouette and premium materials, as well as in the fine details that decorate its interior and its exceptional array of safety and connectivity features that mirror modern innovation. This is what makes the Grand Wagoneer, for lack of better words, grand.
The Grand Wagoneer Series I kicks off the lineup as the base model, and it’s anything but basic, which is a good thing since it starts at $86,995. So, what does a cool 80-Gs get you? For the first time ever, the Grand Wagoneer will offer a spacious third row, but that’s only the beginning of the SUV’s features. Sitting on 20-inch wheels, the Series I includes a 12.3-inch infotainment cluster display with a 12-inch UConnect touchscreen that offers an array of connectivity and navigation features, as well as the ability to stream your music through the 19-speaker McIntosh premium audio system. The interior, which includes a tri-panel sunroof, boasts Napa leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front seats that are also power-adjustable and offer an in-seat massage.
With over $86,000 buying you an in-seat massage and a clear view of the sky above, it doesn’t take much to imagine the luxuries that come with the $93,995 Grand Wagoneer Series II. This model sits on larger, 22-inch polished wheels and includes advanced driver-assist and safety features like the ParkSense Automated Parking System and Active Driving Assist. The interior is outfitted with premium Palermo leather-trimmed seats with massage capability, a 12-inch touchscreen display, and a front passenger display. The model also includes night vision and a rear-seat monitoring system that’s ideal for keeping an eye on younger passengers.
Next in the Grand Wagoneer lineup is the Grand Wagoneer Obsidian that takes luxury to a new level with a starting price of $98,995. The Obsidian is the most distinct Grand Wagoneer in the lineup and features a Black Onyx Grille, roof rack, and badging that set it apart from the others. The interior boasts trim-exclusive features like aluminum dash accents and a class-exclusive 10.25-inch front passenger interactive display that keeps the front passenger connected. Additional features include an exclusive 23-speaker MX1375 Reference Entertainment System from McIntosh that delivers 1,375 watts of crisp sound.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury, your search stops with the Grand Wagoneer Series III that starts at $103,995. This six-figure price tag guarantees every feature and innovation imaginable, from the class-exclusive 10.25-inch front passenger interactive display to the premium quilted leather seating with massage capability. The model also includes the 23-speaker McIntosh MX1375 Reference Entertainment System and a standard suite of safety and driver-assist features like Night Vision with Pedestrian and Animal Detection and Active Driving Assist. What truly sets the Series III apart is its attention to detail and unique conveniences like the front console cooler and premium tinted glass that take the Grand Wagoneer’s luxury to an entirely new realm.
A Customer Experience Like No Other
When you’re forking over anywhere between $86,000 to $104,000 for a vehicle, there should be no question that you’ll have a customer experience like no other. Stellantis is determined to ensure that by guaranteeing 10 customer promises from the Wagoneer brand. These promises reflect Wagoneer’s goal to deliver a personalized service experience from shopping and sales to ownership and ongoing maintenance. What’s included in these promises?
Wagoneer Certified Dealers are committed to delivering the 10 promises and proudly display their certification in their showrooms. Wagoneer Ambassadors promise to deliver a VIP experience that’s rooted in the Jeep brand heritage and defines what it means to offer an “American Premium” SUV. These ambassadors are committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service by offering one-on-one appointments for in-person visits as well as intuitive digital displays that allow you to choose the best Wagoneer for your needs.
Wagoneer also recognizes that not everyone has time to spend hours at the dealership, which is why the brand will offer remote showrooms, test drives, and purchase delivery to make buying a Wagoneer even more convenient. You can navigate the entire process online and schedule delivery of your Wagoneer without ever leaving your home or office. This convenience doesn’t stop with shopping for and buying a Wagoneer; it extends to maintaining and servicing your Grand Wagoneer as well. With your purchase, you have access to a dedicated Wagoneer Client Services team that offers 24/7 customer service and roadside assistance, as well as vehicle updates on the health of your vehicle. This makes owning and maintaining a Wagoneer entirely stress-free!
What’s Not to Love?
First introduced in the 1980s, the Grand Wagoneer became an American icon and was known for offering an outstanding driving experience and delivering premium luxury. Its signature square body was instantly recognizable on the road, and it was the vehicle to drive as a symbol of sophistication and capability. However, the Grand Wagoneer’s popularity faded by the 1990s after a 28-year run and left Jeep-lovers to scour lots for used models.
All eyes were on Jeep in late 2020, with rumors suggesting the return of the Grand Wagoneer. The rumors proved to be true and are exactly where we find ourselves today – scouring the internet for updates about the models and how they’ll continue a legacy that started over 30 years ago. So, how do you think the all-new Grand Wagoneer fares?
While the sky-high prices on the 2022 Grand Wagoneer aren’t exactly budget-friendly for most people, even the sticker shock wears off when you think about the premium luxury that the all-new SUV delivers. That luxury ranges from premium leather trim and in-seat massages to a state-of-the-art sound system and advanced driver-assist features like night vision. This certainly explains the high price tag and is why there’s not exactly a whole lot you can’t love about the Grand Wagoneer. After all, it’s the rebirth of an American icon, and it has big shoes to fill.