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Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept looks production ready

Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept looks production ready

We finally got to see the Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept at long last. The Wagoneer family is as Jeep as the Wrangler and it’s good to see it return. This isn’t the production version though, even if it does look ready to go.

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer has been a long time coming. After a multi-year hiatus, the full size SUV has been mooted, hinted, glimpsed and now officially shown. In concept form at least.

This is an important vehicle for Jeep. It sits firmly in the full size SUV market where Jeep has been absent for years. It’s the reimagining of an iconic nameplate and is an expansion of what is a fairly limited model range.

Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer arrived with a fanfare and I’m sure the conversation doesn’t end there. As soon as everyone in the office saw the design, we split into two distinct camps. Those who liked it and those who absolutely did not. It’s a polarizing design and from discussing with others in the industry, this reaction has been reflected everywhere.

The Jeep front end is, interesting. You get the usual Jeep grille with a strange bar at the top with lights at either end. The lower sill is better with LED running lights and the side panels with their fluted wheel arches are reminiscent of the Grand Cherokee of the 1990s.

A raked windshield gives way to a relatively flat roof and the side panels remain horizontal until the rear quarterlight. Modest panel detailing above the side sills adds interest while squared-off wheel arches look different. A simple, square rear with light bar and large rear screen completes the look.

It’s a very boxy design with some features that are going to be talked about for a long time to come.

Under the skin

The interior is light, airy and spacious. It is also well-equipped and definitely takes the fight to the luxury SUV market. The cabin is less polarizing, with a nice layout, lots of screens, a digital dashboard and what looks like a passenger screen too.

Three rows of seating with great head and legroom, comfortable seating and decent storage should all make the Jeep Grand Wagoneer work for families.

What’s under the hood is still a mystery. Jeep has said there will be a plug-in hybrid engine but we don’t know anything about it. We would imagine that standard engines would accompany the hybrid as the market isn’t quite ready to leave gas behind just yet.

Prices are said to be between $60,000 - $100,000 USD when released next year.

We don’t know the exact release date but Jeep said ‘mid-2021’. As long as things don’t get worse in the world, we can expect the big Jeep Grand Wagoneer next summer.

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