The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are the biggest, most expensive models in the brand’s lineup. Both are built to take on the likes of the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade and have price tags that can easily hit six figures. Although Alex has been driving the big behemoth, we can’t tell you about the way it drives yet. For that, you’ll need to wait until the embargo lifts. For now, let’s take a closer look at Jeep’s largest vehicle.
You’re probably wondering what the “grand” part is in the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer’s name. It can’t be for size because this SUV is already 10 inches longer and 6.0 inches wider than the Grand Cherokee L, putting the Wagoneer in the middle of the full-size segment. As a result, the Grand Wagoneer is the pricier, more luxurious version competing with the top-end models of the Navigator and Escalade. In addition to more luxurious trimmings, the Grand Wagoneer gets a different front end with a unique fascia and more chrome trim.
The Wagoneer is based on a body-on-frame platform, which is loosely related to the Ram 1500. It’s also the first Jeep to come out of the factory with power-retractable running boards. You’ll also notice that you won’t find a trail-rated badge on any Wagoneer. That’s because Jeep deemed the SUV too big at 214 inches long, putting it in the middle of the standard and long-wheelbase variants of the competition. That should get you more room inside for cargo and passengers, especially with the boxy greenhouse.
Seat comfort is excellent in front thanks to 24 ways of adjustability for both the driver and front passenger and power-adjustable pedals. You can choose between seven- or eight-seat configurations with the former featuring an optional center armrest and roomy captain’s chairs that slide and recline. The second row can also be moved away with a child seat in place. Thanks to its size, the Grand Wagoneer’s third row is incredibly roomy and can easily fit three adults.
There are screens galore in the Grand Wagoneer. In addition to the main display, rear-seat entertainment system, and digital gauge cluster, the passenger also has a screen that streams media from a device. A secondary screen for the climate controls, seat heating, ventilation, and massaging is just below the main display. Behind it is a storage cubby with multiple USB ports. The center console also has a charge-only USB port and a cool box that can hold six water bottles.
Under the hood is the same 5.7-liter V8 from the Ram 1500. It makes 392 hp and 404 lb-ft of torque and has the eTorque 48-volt mild-hybrid system. EPA ratings are 16/22/18 mpg city/highway/combined for RWD models and 15/20/17 mpg with 4WD. Keep in mind that the eTorque system is designed mainly for torque fill and to smooth out the start/stop operations, not give the vehicle a massive fuel economy bump. If you’re looking for more power, the Grand Wagoneer gets the 6.4-liter V8 with 471 hp and 455 lb-ft. EPA fuel economy ratings for this engine are 13/19/15 mpg in RWD guise or 13/18/15 in 4WD-equipped models. Both engines are paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Max towing capacity is 10,000 pounds in the Wagoneer and 9,850 pounds in the Grand Wagoneer. The latter is lower because it’s heavier and has a lot more luxury bells and whistles.
Stay tuned for the next video to check out our driving impressions of the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer once the embargo lifts.