Fiat Chrysler (which is now Stellantis) first showed us the Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept last fall, which gave us a pretty good idea of what to expect from both the production 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and the more luxurious Grand Wagoneer. Now, the automaker has revealed both of these new models in their production-ready form as each prepares to launch this summer.
The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is positioned to do battle with the Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe, and GMC Yukon. It rides on a body-on-frame structure similar to the one used on the Ram 1500, just like the Expedition and its Ford T3 platform, which is also used in the Ford F-150. Unlike the Ram, however, the Wagoneer utilizes an independent rear suspension.
With a base price of $59,995, the Wagoneer is quite a bit more expensive than the Expedition ($51,835) and Tahoe ($50,295). That price actually places it squarely in between the Expedition and Lincoln Navigator ($76,185), in fact. It does come well-equipped, however, with standard Nappa leather seats, a 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster, 10.1-inch infotainment screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and Amazon Fire TV for Auto.
The Wagoneer weighs roughly 500 pounds more than the Expedition, tipping the scales at just under 6,000 pounds. However, it offers a max towing capacity of 10,000 pounds, which is a bit higher than the Expedition’s 9,300-pound rating. It also offers more horsepower but less torque, with its 5.7L V8 and 48-volt mild hybrid system cranking out 392 horsepower and 404 pound-feet of torque ahead of an 8-speed gearbox, compared to the Expedition’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and its 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.
It’s worth noting that a refreshed Ford Expedition is on the way for 2022, however, and it will be available with Ford’s new 3.5L PowerBoost hybrid, as well as a rather large new infotainment screen and revised front and rear styling.
EPA fuel economy ratings and performance figures for the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer have not yet been released, but the full-size SUV will be available in both rear- and four-wheel-drive configurations. The base, rear-wheel-drive, $59,995 version won’t be available when the Wagoneer launches this summer, however. Jeep is already taking reservations for 12 different pre-configured models for a $500 deposit at its official site.
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I like it. Nice that it has a V8 as standard equipment.
The Wagoneer II seems like a greater deal than than the Expedition due to having luxuries like Napa leather and partial self driving standard for only 67k but I feel like this thing is going to get horrible fuel economy due to the unnecessarily large engine and the boxy design and of course not to mention Jeep’s reputation about transmissions but this is a great competitor to the Expedition but if they don’t have a plug in hybrid (with a affordable price) or at least a turbocharged V6 for an option they’re going to be in trouble right from the start with the government but I have no doubt that this will overthrow the Tahoe and Suburbans spot in sales due to its seemingly better value. However I’m going to hold off until I seen the 2022 Expedition and the MPG numbers but overall I really like it and it would be perfect for my family if the MPG isn’t horrible.
Well the 3.5L turbo isn’t exactly the most fuel efficient either but that’s the nature of the beast. Too bad diesel is such a put off otherwise it would be great in that. Perhaps at some point they’ll put the ECODIESEL V6 in as well as a hybrid version. RAM’s v8’s are good for those who would prefer to stay away from turbocharged engine and find good old traditional v8 power instead.