The Jeep Grand Cherokee is great, but is it park-it-outside-my-Martha's-Vineyard-summer-house great? Perhaps not, which is possibly why Jeep decided to bring back its ultimate suburban status symbol, the Grand Wagoneer. Back in 2016, Jeep boss and current Fiat Chrysler (FCA) CEO Mike Manley confirmed that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer would stage a comeback. Here's what we know, and what we've heard, about the pair.
Production Starts in Early 2021
FCA announced a $4.5 billion investment in various Michigan plants, and as part of that, confirmed the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer would go into production in early 2021. They'll be built at FCA's Warren, Michigan plant, which currently makes the previous-gen Ram 1500 (sold as the Ram 1500 Classic). The plant will get a $1.5 billion investment to retool for these Jeep siblings.
A Plug-In Hybrid Is a Definite
In its 2018 capital markets presentation, Jeep said that it intends to offer a plug-in hybrid variant for every vehicle it sells. That includes the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Right now, the only plug-in hybrid FCA offers is the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which makes 260 hp from an Atkinson-cycle V6 and two electric motors. It's unclear if the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer would get a similar setup, or something totally different.
A 717-HP Supercharged V8 (!) Is a Possibility
Last year, we uncovered a document from transmission supplier ZF that indicated a Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk with a supercharged Hellcat V8 was on its way. At one point, ZF was working on a high-torque version of its venerable automatic for the Grand Wagoneer. This transmission, code-named ZF-8HP95X, is only used in the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Of course, this document could indicate simply that at one point, a Grand Wagoneer Hellcat was being tested with no intention of production. We can dream, though.
It Could Be Expensive
It signals the company's ambitions to compete with SUVs like the Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. The two Americans in that group can get to around $100,000, while an AMG GLS63 costs around $130,000 and the Range Rover can exceed $200,000.
This post will be continually updated as we learn more about Jeep's next SUV.
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