The Jeep Grand Wagoneer resembles a subway car that jumped out of the ground. The company was preparing this model to battle such a titan as the Cadillac Escalade, but will the Grand Wagoneer have enough strength for this? The Indy Auto Man brand connoisseurs believe that despite Jeep has never been a truly luxury brand, it has much to offer its fans.
Impressive technical characteristics
With three rows of seating for up to eight passengers, the Grand Wagoneer is designed to embody a modern variant of the American dream, combining high-tech, adventure, and mind-blowing luxury. Like the smaller Wagoneer, it is based on a completely new architecture that gathers all the benefits of all-wheel drive with class-leading towing capacity (up to 4.5 tons). The Grand Wagoneer is equipped with all three of Jeep’s signature all-wheel drive systems: Quadra-Trac I and II, as well as Quadra-Drive II with a locking rear differential. Thanks to the Quadra-Lift air suspension and ground clearance of 10 inches, the SUV can easily cope with fords exceeding 24 inches. Under the hood, the Grand Wagoneer has the familiar 6.4-liter V8 HEMI with 471 hp (455 lb-ft) and an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatics. Jeep says the electronic suspension, combined with a new aerodynamic body-on-frame design, delivers unrivaled handling and comfort.
The Grand Wagoneer’s appearance leaves no doubt about its origin – this is a real Jeep. At the same time, the designers had to work hard to visually separate the Grand from the regular Wagoneer. However, they succeeded: a clean roof line and a long row of name letters ending in a flag and running almost the entire length of the front door, the familiar seven-slot radiator grille, although this time framed by chrome rings and filled with laser-engraved honeycombs, a black accent roof, a unique hood, retractable side steps, and LED title illumination are standard equipment. Front door glass and acoustic laminated windshield reliably protect passengers from road noise. 20-inch wheels are included as standard, while 22-inch wheels that look like an inverted carousel are an option. Ten exterior color options are available, and three are exclusive to the Grand Wagoneer.
But perhaps the most impressive thing about the new Wagoneer SUV is its interior. It used walnut and piano lacquer, aluminum for the speakers and air vents, and leather for even the start button. The driver can manage the four-zone climate control from the front 10.25-inch monitor (rear passengers have a separate 10.25-inch control screen). Above, the manufacturer located a 12-inch multimedia touchscreen with the company’s latest Uconnect 5 operating system, updated by wireless. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth dual-smartphone connectivity, and an in-car version of the Alexa virtual assistant are also standard. The Grand Wagoneer’s fans say that the SUV’s cost will seem justified for those who will spend at least ten minutes in the cabin.
Buyers in the US can choose from five trim levels: Series I, II, III, and Series II and III in the Obsidian version, which features a Black Onyx grille and body-color wheels, as well as a 1,375-watt McIntosh audio system. Standard safety systems include driver condition monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping. It also can boast night vision that detects people and animals in the dark. The cost of the initial Series I trim is about 90 thousand dollars, and the maximum Series III Obsidian will cost around $110,000.
Many consumers criticize the SUV for its unreasonably large size, fuel consumption, and cost. They may be right, but this is the first premium Jeep. And if this model seems too much, customers can always opt for used Jeep models, including a reliable Grand Cherokee or off-road Wrangler.