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We’re Told To “Get Ready” For SEMA

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II SUV eTorque Hemi V8
Image via Stellantis.

Jeep’s highest ranking officers see the aftermarket as a big opportunity for the all-new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer going forward.

“I think on Wagoneer, maybe a little less on the Grand Wagoneer, we’ll see overlanders, we’ll see all kinds of lift kits and tires and outdoorsy stuff,” said Jeep brand CEO Christian Meunier in an interview with MC&T. “Crazy sh*t. We’ll see a lot of fun stuff on the Wagoneer, and we want to stimulate that.”

Major events on the 2021 calendar that could showcase the Jeep Wagoneer with some aftermarket upgrades include Overland Expo West in September, Overland Expo East in October, and the 2021 SEMA Show in November.

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

“Get ready to see the Wagoneer at SEMA,” Meunier continued. “I think people are going to go nuts with it, and we want them to go nuts. That’s part of the culture. We’re talking and debating about having some aftermarket people come earlier to be ready to start working on their programs.”

Jeep has long been a darling of the aftermarket, particularly the Wrangler SUV and more recently the Gladiator pickup truck. Both are body-on-frame vehicles, as is the Jeep Wagoneer. While Stellantis claims its new full-size SUV rides on a new architecture, it is believed to be heavily related to the Ram 1500 pickup truck. Both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be built alongside the Ram 1500 at the Warren Truck Assembly plant in Southeast Michigan.

AEV Jeep Wrangler JL350 JL370
Image via AEV.

Meunier kept further details close to the chest, but it’s highly likely that Stellantis is readying several Mopar accessories for the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer that will debut at the 2021 SEMA Show. Longtime Jeep upfitter American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) is likely keen to get a few Wagoneers for some overlanding upgrades and other “outdoorsy stuff,” as the Jeep CEO eluded to.

The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will begin production in the second half of 2021. The base Wagoneer will carry a starting MSRP of $57,995 and will come standard with a 5.7L Hemi V8 engine that’s assisted by an eTorque 48V mild hybrid system. Total base output is 392 horsepower and 404 lb-ft of torque. As an option, a standalone 6.4L Hemi V8 with 471 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired to a ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Badge
Image via Jeep.

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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