2022 WAGONEER & GRAND WAGONEER
Four Wheeler|October 2021
Deeply rooted in heritage, the nameplate returns as a premium extension of the Jeep brand
Jason Gonderman

We’re excited to dive into a detailed look at the much-anticipated ’22 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. But before we get too far, there are a couple of big questions that we need to address. First, Wagoneer versus Grand Wagoneer. Yes, the two vehicles are physically the same. They share the same chassis, suspension, and much of the bodywork. That’s where the bulk of the similarities end, however, as the Grand Wagoneer is, well, grander than the Wagoneer. Second, why are the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer not referred to as Jeeps? This one is a little trickier, as it involves Jeep and parent company Stellantis attempting to create a separate luxury division centered around Wagoneer. Think of it as the Wagoneer “brand,” with the ’22 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer being the first two vehicles launched under it. While it’s technically still a Jeep vehicle and very much rooted in Jeep brand heritage, you will be hard-pressed to find any mention of it on the vehicle itself.

With those two big elephants pushed out of the room, let’s dig in and detail what makes the all-new ’22 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer special.

Wagoneer Exterior Styling

The all-new ’22 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer boast an elegant exterior design with countless meticulously crafted details that come together to provide an undeniable presence. Inspired by the original SUV, the vehicles sport a seven-slot grille that hints back to its family ties to the Jeep brand. Grand Wagoneer models feature paint-over-chrome laser-etched grille rings, reminiscent of the knurled edge of a fine watch. Grand Wagoneer Series III models receive raised aluminum badging with two-piece copperchino-accented letters that add to the refinement. Distinct exterior features differentiate the two models. Wagoneer models feature LED headlamps and foglamps, accent badging, and a sidestep. Grand Wagoneer models feature a two-tone, black-accented roof; distinct front end, hood, and grille; premium LED lighting; fender flares; and retractable steps. Front tow hooks are available on both models when equipped with the heavy-duty tow package.

The Wagoneer comes standard with 20-inch wheels, and 22-inch wheels are optional. The Grand Wagoneer has both 20- and 22-inch wheels as standard, depending on package, in four finishes and textures. A three-dimensional wheel cap highlighting the Wagoneer logo is suspended in acrylic.

Wagoneer Interior Styling

The Wagoneer’s premium interior is crafted in modern American style. The spacious interior combines precision artistry with high-quality authentic materials. While the original Grand Wagoneer famously featured the extensive use of wood in its interior, the new Grand Wagoneer features genuine hand-crafted Satin American Walnut in abundance.

The Wagoneer features a one-piece instrument panel, while the Grand Wagoneer features a two-piece design with an optional piano-black mid bolster that appears to float above the structural wing crafted from aluminum. The center console flows out from under the structural wing, adding a fluid design element to the spacious cabin. An aluminum shift knob, featuring an ambient glow, sits at the base of the console and is flanked by controls for the four-wheel-drive system. The start button is surrounded by a knurled pattern bezel, and on Grand Wagoneer models it’s wrapped in leather with a French accent stitch.

All models feature leather-trimmed seats as standard equipment. Wagoneer models feature Napa leather, while Grand Wagoneer Series I models are fitted with premium Napa leather. Grand Wagoneer Series II and above get trimmed in the even more opulent Palermo leather with quilting and a leather-wrapped instrument panel, consoles, and door panels. The Wagoneer comes with 12-way power-adjustable front seats, while the Grand Wagoneer boasts 24-way adjustability.

Seating for up to eight passengers is available on all models, which is a first for the nameplate. Second-row captain’s chairs are available on the Wagoneer and standard on the Grand Wagoneer. Both boast best-in-class overall passenger volume, total volume, second-and third-row head- and legroom, as well as the most cargo volume behind the third row.

Many of the interior elements pay homage to the Wagoneer’s rich history, such as the two-spoke steering wheel. Opening the Grand Wagoneer’s front driver and passenger doors reveals the outer edge of the instrument panel, which is inscribed “EST. 1963,” which is the first year of the original Wagoneer.

Impressive McIntosh Audio Systems

If there’s one thing that all the full-size luxury players have in common, it’s a killer audio system. Jeep is bringing the heat by partnering with famed audio brand McIntosh. McIntosh is a classic American luxury brand, known for creating high-quality, hand-crafted audio systems for homes, concert venues, and iconic moments in musical history.

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