AN all new Grand Wagoneer Concept, introduced in Detroit, marks the rebirth of a classic and premium American icon, providing a vision of what the modern expression of the original ultimate premium SUV can be.
The stunning and sophisticated Grand Wagoneer Concept’s debut instantly positions the storied Wagoneer name as a premium extension of the Jeep brand. Wagoneer will define ‘American Premium’, while delivering a unique and unprecedented customer experience.
The Grand Wagoneer Concept boasts a wide array of leading-edge premium technologies including an electrified power train, sophisticated 4×4 off-road systems, and a first-ever passenger screen in an SUV.
Born in America in 1962 for the 1963 model year, Wagoneer was the first four-wheel-drive vehicle mated to an automatic transmission, pioneering the first modern SUV.
The 1984 Grand Wagoneer marked the beginning of the premium SUV, giving buyers an unheard-of combination of standard features, such as leather upholstery, air conditioning, AM/FM/CB stereo radios, and added sound insulation.
It bought with it a dramatic increase in horsepower and torque. Always at the forefront was a beautifully crafted, stately design that exuded class, elegance and a premium feel. That formula continues with the new Grand Wagoneer Concept.
With this new Concept, the Grand Wagoneer nameplate features, for the first time ever, a spacious third row. Production versions of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are slated to arrive in US showrooms next year.
But before potential Australian buyers get too excited, we contacted Jeep Australia managing director Kevin Flynn, with the company non-committal about what a future EV strategy might look like.
“We are excited about these technical developments and advances and are monitoring the take up of electrification in Australia,” he said.
“We will be ready to launch our PHEV strategy as soon as consumer appetite, regulations and infrastructure suggests the time is right.”
For the record, the Grand Wagoneer will be reborn in its spiritual home of the United States of America, in Warren, Michigan, near downtown Detroit.
As a nod to its manufacturing home and the brand’s headquarters, the Concept’s full-pane glass roof houses a map showcasing Detroit and the surrounding area.
When it does go to production, it will feature Quadra-Lift air suspension, premium driving dynamics with an independent front and rear suspension, unmatched towing capability, powerful performance, and advanced technology, safety and connectivity.
A stunning ultra-premium exterior design featuring modern-yet-familiar touch points and Obsidian Black accents create a new timeless design, as does its prominent Obsidian Black-accented grille featuring the Jeep brand’s iconic seven slots.
Each slot features intricate lightweight latticework, while the space above and between each of the seven slots is lit to create a signature LED design. This LED pattern forms an elegant outline to the grille.
The SUV itself is fully-dipped in a stunning new Arctic Ice exterior paint and directly above the grille sits raised illuminated letters spelling out the word Wagoneer. The design team created a custom-made font for all of the Concept’s exterior lettering.
On either side of the grille sits twin bi-functional LED projector headlamps that are cradled by genuine teak wood. Premium design meets capability in the form of an Obsidian black aluminium front skid plate and accented front tow hooks.
From its side, the Grand Wagoneer Concept features a stately, distinguished profile. The Grand Wagoneer Concept SUV stands tall on 24-inch multi-spoke Obsidian-finished aluminium wheels, featuring 3D-printed elements.
Raised aluminium letters with copper-side accents spell out “Grand Wagoneer” on the lower third of each front door. An American flag flanks the aluminium letters and pays tribute to the brand’s home country.
LED tail lamps wrap from the rear quarter panel to the back of the vehicle and create a solid form, which allows the vehicle to achieve a more upscale appearance and complements the overall exterior design statement.
A subtle rear diffuser sits below the power tailgate and aids in the vehicle’s aerodynamics by guiding air for maximum efficiency.
True to its name, the Grand Wagoneer Concept offers a grand interior for up to seven passengers, thanks to its spacious comfortable front and second-row captain’s chairs as well as its third row – a first for the Grand Wagoneer nameplate.
The relaxed atmosphere of the interior is accentuated by the use of customisable ambient lighting, both in colour and intensity, offers a liberating feeling of tranquility for everyone on board.
While the original Grand Wagoneer famously featured an extensive use of wood on its exterior, the Grand Wagoneer Concept houses a vast amount of genuine heat-treated lacewood along its interior.
Additional sustainable interior appointments include a full suede headliner made of Dinamica — a fully recyclable premium microfibre suede — as well as premium carpets made from recycled Thrive fibre.
Nearly 45-inches of total screen span the length of the instrument panel, with a 12.3-inch driver information display behind the steering wheel, and a 12.1-inch horizontal touchscreen serving as the main display screen in the centre console.
A second 10.25-inch horizontal comfort display touchscreen sits below, separated by the structural aluminium wing. Additionally, a 10.25-inch passenger screen provides the front passenger with dynamic touchscreen control at their fingertips.
Second-row passengers have 30 inches of total screen space at their disposal with a 10.25-inch comfort display screen housed on the rear centre console located between the two captain’s chairs.
Each second-row passenger also has access to their own 10.1-inch entertainment touchscreen. The technology-rich interior is powered by FCA’s all-new Uconnect 5 system, which delivers operating speeds five times faster than the previous generation.
Uconnect 5’s Android operating system lays a foundation, bringing access to a broad catalog of applications to answer the rapidly developing demand for an improved user experience (UX).
The Grand Wagoneer Concept is the only vehicle audio system in the world powered by McIntosh, another classic American luxury brand known for offering distinguished home audio systems that deliver the ultimate experience in music and film.
The Grand Wagoneer Concept’s McIntosh audio system features 23 custom-designed speakers connected to a 24-channel amplifier that provides an immersive audio experience.
The Grand Wagoneer Concept features a no-compromise plug-in hybrid electric vehicle power train.