The Jeep Grand Cherokee is terrific, but is it park-it-outside-my-Martha’s- Vineyard-summer-house terrific? Maybe not, which is potentially why Jeep decided to revive its ultimate suburban status sign, the Grand Wagoneer. Back in 2016, Jeep boss and present Fiat Chrysler (FCA) CEO Mike Manley confirmed that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer would stage a return. Here’s what we understand and what we’ve heard about the pair.
Production Begins in Early 2021
FCA revealed a $4.5 billion financial investment in different Michigan plants, and as part of that, validated the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer would go into production in early 2021. They’ll be built at FCA’s Warren, Michigan plant, which currently makes the previous-gen Ram 1500 (sold as the Ram 1500 Classic). The plant will get a $1.5 billion investment to retool for these Jeep siblings.
A Plug-In Hybrid Is a Guaranteed
In its 2018 capital markets discussion, Jeep said that it means to use a plug-in hybrid variant for every single vehicle it offers. That consists of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Right now, the only plug-in hybrid FCA uses is the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which makes 260 hp from an Atkinson-cycle V6 and two electric motors. It’s unclear if the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer would get a comparable setup, or something different.
A 717-HP Supercharged V8 (!) Is a Possibility
Last year, we discovered a file from transmission provider ZF that showed a Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk with a supercharged Hellcat V8 was on its method. At one point, ZF was working on a high-torque variation of its age-old automatic for the Grand Wagoneer. This transmission, code-named ZF-8HP95X, is just utilized in the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Of course, this document could indicate simply that at one point, a Grand Wagoneer Hellcat was being checked without any objective of production. We can dream, however.
It Could Be Expensive
Speaking to Auto Express back in 2016-before, the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer was delayed-Mike Manley stated the Grand Wagoneer might cost as much as $140,000. That’s a major coin for a Jeep.
It signals the company’s aspirations to take on SUVs like the Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Cadillac Escalade, and Lincoln Navigator. The two Americans because the group can get to around $100,000, while an AMG GLS63 expenses around $130,000, and the Range Rover can exceed $200,000.
This post will be continuously upgraded as we find out more about Jeep’s next SUV.
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