The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is coming to further expand the brand’s offerings with a body on frame, three row SUV to compete against the likes of the Chevrolet Tahoe (and its many relatives), as well as the Ford Expedition. It’s a segment Jeep hasn’t been in for quite some time, and it’ll use Jeep off-road capability as a selling point over its competitors. Gulf News, a Dubai-based news outlet, recently published some photos of a Wagoneer test mule, making us realize this SUV will be extremely popular out there. Unfortunately, the test mule doesn’t give us a sneak peek at the Wagoneer’s design. It’s just a camo wrapped Ram 1500 with some roll bars in the bed.
People in the UAE love three types of vehicles more than anything: supercars, luxury cars and SUVs. While the Jeep Wagoneer won’t qualify as a supercar, top trim versions will certainly fit the criteria for a luxury SUV. The mule was testing in the sand dunes too, so that confirms this will be a seriously capably off-roader, in all conditions. This also seems to back up a previous report that Jeep’s Desert Rated badge will spread across the lineup from the Gladiator Mojave, including to the Wagoneer.
While we don’t know everything about the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer, here are the fundamental details. It’ll be body on frame, unlike the current and next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, and get a modified version of the Ram 1500 platform. We are also expecting to see both a Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, with the later being the larger. Think of the Wagoneer as a Tahoe competitor, while the Grand Wagoneer will take on the Suburban.
Also expect this to be the most luxurious Jeep ever, specifically the Grand Wagoneer model in higher trims. Jeep may position this as an Escalade rival, but more off-road capable. In some ways, this will make it like a cut-price Range Rover.
As for powertrains, expect the Pentastar V6 and Hemi V8 from other FCA products. These will be coupled with varying degrees of electrification, likely both mild hybrid eTourque systems and full plug in hybrid. The plug in hybrid could get up to 30 miles of electric only range, impressive for a presumably big and heavy vehicle.