The Jeep brand saw its lineup grow early this morning, as FCA finally pulled the covers off the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Wrangler 4xe models. The full-size luxury SUV and plug-in hybrid model each belong to a new segment for the off-road vehicle maker here in the States. We’ve got all the key details for you here in case you missed the live-streamed debut event.
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Wrangler 4xe debuts were once again held at FCA’s Conner Center in Detroit, Michigan. The facility once served as the home of the Viper before becoming the location of the company’s historic vehicle collection. Global President of Jeep Brand Christian Meunier had the honor of unveiling the two new models, starting with the Jeep Wrangler 4xe.
The Wrangler 4xe is the company’s third plug-in hybrid model, though it is the first one that will be offered for sale here in the United States. The SUV is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-pot, which is backed up by two electric motors and a 400 volt, 17 kWh battery pack. Total output is estimated to be 350 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, making the 4xe the most powerful Wrangler you can currently buy. It is the quickest Wrangler too, thanks to a projected 0-60 mph sprint in the 6.0 second range. The SUV will also be capable of traveling up to 25 miles on the battery alone, while returning 50 MPGe.
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer is a different vehicle entirely. It has been decades since FCA offered a vehicle of this size for sale in the United States, essentially giving the entire market share to the offerings from GM and Ford. As a result, there has been a lot of excitement surrounding the return of this iconic 4×4 nameplate. Unlike with the Ford Bronco however, FCA was quick to note this morning that the Grand Wagoneer you see before you is simply a *concept*. We’ll be the first to admit that this was a bit of a curveball from FCA, but don’t let their tricky wording fool you. We will get a Grand Wagoneer model, and it will likely bear a lot of resemblance to the big boi you see here.
What we do know so far is that the Grand Wagoneer will be packed with luxurious materials and features. The interior is beautifully appointed in leather and heat-treated lacewood, giving the SUV an up-market feel. The interior also pays homage to the original Wagoneer with its two-spoke steering wheel and its “est. 1963” plaque. It also highlights Jeep’s commitment to becoming the greenest SUV brand, thanks to the fully recyclable Dinamica headliner. Tech features like six (!) different 10+ inch screens and the world’s only car audio system powered by McIntosh should also help keep your passengers content on the drive.
You can watch the Wrangler 4xe debut take place around the 8:12 mark of the video above, whereas the Wagoneer info comes a bit later at 14:25. The Wrangler 4xe is expected to go on sale early next year, followed by the production versions of the Grand Wagoneer concept.