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While Deemed A ‘Concept’ – It’s Very Clear This Big Bruiser Will Be Built

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept
Image via FCA

The time has come at last, but with a twist. What’s been teased and revealed before us is not the production ready version. Rather, say hello to the Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept. Does it do the name plate justice? As the Ford Bronco did? We hope to get a closer look soon. But make no mistake, this big SUV fills a huge hole not only in the Jeep lineup, but also FCA. It’s been decades since the smallest of the Detroit Three automakers has offered a contender in this space. A space where American marques dominate. Simply by brand cachet alone, the upcoming 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer will attract buyers.

On the outside are Obsidian Black accents, which make their way into the Jeep’s seven trademark grille slots, outlined with a signature lighting pattern. Illuminated letters spelling out the word ‘Wagoneer’ are also positioned above the grille. Despite all of this accent lighting, there’s still LED projector headlamps. Finishing the look up front is a black aluminum front skid plate, accented front tow hooks, and 24-inch multi-spoke aluminum wheels featuring 3D-printed elements. Keeping things comfortable is an adaptive air ride suspension.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept

In an unmistakable way, The LED taillamps of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept extend from the rear quarter panel to the back of the SUV, while a subtle rear diffuser is positioned below the power tailgate, which also improves the SUV’s aerodynamics.

At the top of the towering truck is a panoramic glass roof, flanked by roof rails featuring four tie-down loop openings with teak wood. Very on brand here.

Since its a full-size SUV, the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept can fit up to seven people thanks to its 2+2+3 configuration – much like the T1 SUV models from General Motors. To step up the vibe, customizable ambient lighting can set the mood at night, and large glass windows along the perimeter of the SUV can capture the vistas during the day.

In addition to the big Grand Wagoneer, Jeep will launch a smaller version, simply called Wagoneer. Think GMC Yukon vs Yukon XL.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept
Image via Jeep

Up front in the cockpit, a two-spoke steering wheel pays homage to the original Grand Wagoneer, You don’t see many two-spoke wheels these days. On the far edge of the passenger’s side, the dashboard features an “EST. 1963” homage to the original Wagoneer’s first model year. While the original Grand Wagoneer’s exterior featured extensive use of wood, the new Grand Wagoneer Concept’s interior is trimmed in heat-treated lacewood. And the headliner is made of Dinamica, which is a fully recyclable premium microfiber suede. Very nature-like.

The instrument cluster is made up of a single 12.3-inch digital display, which is flanked by a 12.1-inch horizontal touchscreen in the center console, plus a third 10.25-inch horizontal display touchscreen, separated by an aluminum wing that controls the seats, and four-zone climate controls. If that wasn’t enough eye cone-burning blue light, a separate 10.25-inch touchscreen can be operated by the front passenger, and second-row passengers can access a 10.1-inch screen on the center console located between the two captain’s chairs. Plus, each second-row passenger also gets an individual 10.1-inch entertainment touchscreen. This doesn’t feel very nature-like, but okay.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept
Image via FCA

All of this touchscreen processing power is made capable by FCA’s all-new Uconnect 5 system, which is five times faster than the previous generation electrical architecture. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept also features the only vehicle audio system in the world powered by McIntosh, featuring 23 speakers and a 24-channel amplifier.

Production versions of the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will arrive in showrooms next year and will be built in Warren, Michigan, alongside the Ram 1500 Classic.

Grand Wagoneer Concept

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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  1. “I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams.” – Hamlet
    If this is a Wagoneer then I’m George Clooney except that I’m bald and short 🙂

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