Ford – like all automakers – routinely benchmarks its competitor’s vehicles, always looking to gain an edge in one of the more competitive industries on earth. That includes the many vehicles currently produced and sold by rival automaker Stellantis, such as the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Jeep Gladiator, and Ram TRX, all of which have been spotted by Ford Authority spies wearing The Blue Oval’s tell-tale yellow sticker around its headquarters in Dearborn in recent months. Now, we have another vehicle to add to that list – the new 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer was revealed back in March of last year – along with the less luxurious Wagoneer – resurrecting a storied and beloved name from the brand’s past. The Wagoneer is a direct rival to the Ford Expedition, while the Grand Wagoneer competes with the Lincoln Navigator. All of these large SUVs share quite a few things in common, including interior and exterior dimensions, though Jeep’s offerings are a bit larger than the standard Expedition and Navigator – not the longer-wheelbase Max, however.
Both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer ride 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 family utilizes an independent rear suspension. The Grand Wagoneer is distinguishable from its lesser twin by its unique front fascia, black roof, additional chrome trim, and more in the way of equipment and luxury appointments.
In terms of pricing, the Wagoneer is quite a bit more expensive than the Expedition, with a starting MSRP of $59,995 versus the Ford’s base price of $51,835. The same goes for the Grand Wagoneer, which starts out at $88,995 versus $78,125 for the Navigator.
Both the 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer launched last summer. Meanwhile, the refreshed 2022 Ford Expedition and 2022 Lincoln Navigator were revealed last year and just entered production earlier this week, as Ford Authority previously reported.