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Many Grand Cherokee Customers Needed Something Bigger

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II SUV eTorque Hemi V8
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Jeep owners have long been left looking outside of the brand to accommodate a larger lifestyle. For many of them, a growing family, more hobbies, and more toys meant that they’d have to graduate from the midsize Grand Cherokee and into something more befitting such as a full-size Chevrolet Suburban Z71, GMC Yukon AT4 or Ford Expedition. But with the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, that changes. And while it may seem that this line of supersized Jeeps aims to meet fellow heavyweights from Ford and General Motors in the arena to vacuum up well-heeled customers willing to spend more than $100,000 for an SUV, the decision to produce the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer was actually motivated by existing Jeep customers.

“We got a lot of feedback from our dealers, as well as the customers,” said Jeep North America chief Jim Morrison to MC&T. “A lot of the feedback was ‘we need this, we need this, we need this,’ and a lot of them were in Grand Cherokees. Their boat got bigger, their family got bigger, they got a dog, and they didn’t want to leave us, but we didn’t have anything for them.”

2022 Jeep Wagoneer
All-new 2022 Wagoneer Series II. Image via Stellantis.

With the new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, customers can select a full-size SUV without straying from the iconic American brand that they are accustomed to. And they can do so with class-leading towing, legroom, cargo volume, available horsepower and a 48:1 crawl ratio.

“We needed to do it right,” said Morrison. “We didn’t want to dabble in it. We didn’t want it to be sort of good, we wanted it to be the best… that’s why we have best in class towing, legroom, storage, safety… it took us a while to make sure that we had the resources from a company side to make sure they had the best… Grand Wagoneer in its day was the best by a long shot.”

Both the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be built alongside the Ram 1500 in Warren, Michigan, and both are scheduled to arrive in dealerships in the second half of 2021.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV
Image via Stellantis.

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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