The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer strike an interesting balance of new design and classic heritage. There’s a reason the Wagoneer siblings use that storied nameplate, but they don’t look like throwbacks to the original, like the Ford Bronco. In fact, Stellantis chief designer Ralph Giles actually said the Wagoneer design team moved away from an overly retro design. This blend of old and new is most visible on the interior, where impressive tech is coupled with classic American craftsmanship.
The use of wood is what really ties the classic the new Wagoneers to the classic. While these new models don’t have wood paneling on the outside, the Grand Wagoneer has swaths of Satin American Walnut wood coving the interior. It’s just one of many optional trim materials, but looks fantastic.
Metal is also another key theme in the interior. The vent surrounds, rotary shifter and other details are aluminum. The optional McIntosh speaker system also has metal speaker grilles in some areas. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer can also get metal badging inlaid into the wood trim. If you opt for the available passenger display, it does introduce quite a bit of piano gloss black into the interior, which looks great in photo and integrates the displays masterfully, but is sure to attract fingerprints, dust and scratches the moment you leave the dealer.
In addition to wood and metal, there’s leather everywhere too. Unlike on the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition, the base 2022 Jeep Wagoneer gets leather seating as standard, although its base price of $57,995 is significantly higher than the competition. This shows how Jeep is positioning both Wagoneer models as a premium offering. Stepping up the ladder, high trim level Wagoneer models get upgraded Nappa leather, while the Grand Wagoneer gets Nappa standard and Palermo leather on high spec models.
The interiors also get some Easter eggs to tie into Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer history. The two spoke steering wheel echos designs of the classic, updated for a modern era. Visible when either front door is open, there’s a “Since 1963” badge with the silhouette of the new Wagoneer on the side of the climate control vent.
Overall, Jeep went for a fluid and flowing design on the 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer interior. While the front occupants alone can have up to four screens, it doesn’t look too stark, and is still a warm and inviting place to spend time. All the materials seem to be high quality, and the tech is just as impressive. The original Jeep Wagoneers were often seen as the greatest road trip vehicles around, and the new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer might just resume that legacy with high quality, gorgeous and tech filled interiors.