• We May Get the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer by 2019

    2018 jeep cherokee xl stretch spy shots ptototypes
    2018 Jeep Cherokee prototypes (by William H.)

    The Jeep Grand Wagoneer and the Jeep Wagoneer are reported to reenter the SUV fray some time in 2019. While we have seen a few interesting Jeep models testing in Michigan and Colorado, we think we have an idea as to which vehicle is which. The Jeep Wagoneer may be based on a stretched version of the Jeep Cherokee (KL) “Wide” platform which may have a small third row seating section, similar in size to the Dodge Durango, but on a separate platform.

    We’ve seen examples of the Jeep Wagoneer testing.

    The outgoing Dodge Durango (which is based on a stretched Jeep Grand Cherokee WK2 platform) may be a bit smaller than the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. This all-new Jeep Grand Wagoneer should be based on the replacement (stretched) platform for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. We’ve heard of test mules being sighted in Michigan.

    Jeep brand head, Mike Manley, recently stated in an interview with Automotive News that these vehicles would be making a return.

    “The Wagoneer name represents, historically, the pinnacle of premium for the Jeep world,” he said. “But in the same way as you may have an Overland and a Summit, you have different trim levels. So you could imagine the use of Wagoneer to denote a really premium vehicle, and Grand Wagoneer takes it to the very next level. If you were to use that as your naming strategy, that’s exactly how I would use the trims.” – – Automotive News

    One of the curious parts regarding the manufacturing of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is where Jeep has announced its construction, according to CEO Sergio Marchionne, the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer would be built at FCA’s Warren Truck Assembly complex where the Ram 1500 is currently built. While good for Detroit, MI jobs, it’s curious that a unit-body SUV and a car-based SUV would be bolted together at the same place as the body-on-frame Ram 1500.

    What do you think?

    Speaking of Jeep SUVs…

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    11 thoughts on “We May Get the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer by 2019

    1. I remember reading a while back that Ram was going to be making a Tahoe-fighting full size truck based SUV. Chevy now has an “off road” looking Tahoe (Z71 Midnight) that actually looks very nice. Hopefully FCA will come out with a full size RAM SUV (RAMCHARGER) with a 5.7L Hemi and 6.4L Hemi and an optional 6.7L Cummins Diesel. That would be awesome!!!!!!

    2. It might sound crazy but for jeep and as hot as they are right now it makes alot of sense. You have the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee which are both top sellers in the jeep portiflo and since jeep has been successfully creating new markets hence the Renegade sub compact and the new jeep compass which is a sub compact but bigger slightly but smaller than the Cherokee, they could easily do the same with the grand wagoner and wagoner the grand wagoner being bigger like the size of Mercedes GLS

    3. Love everything about this vehicle. Added trunk storage, higher roof for tall people like me and a more functional exterior style like the LR Defender. Aside from Bluetooth, I’m tired of seeing SUV’s turn into self-driving techno gadgets. I would certainly consider trading in my gecko green Unlimited for a Jeep like this. Maybe add an optional fold/tumble away 3rd row? Sold!

    4. I like it a lot, the barn door reminds me of the fj cruiser BUT I think they should mount the tire on the door, you never want the tire underneath your vehicle.
      If they put that big of a jeep into production I would definitely buy one.
      Nice job Jeep, you guys always impress. Good video tfl

    5. I don’t think they plan to build Ram at Warren after Sterling Heights is refitted to build Ram. What I could see Warren building is Wagoneer, Grand Wagonneer and overflow Grand Cherokee. If they are going to build a longer version of the FWD Cherokee, I have to wonder why they wouldn’t build that on the same line as Cherokee. I would think that plant would have the capacity to build both. Stranger things have happened though…

    6. I think it’s gonna be a body on frame vehicle and I think FCA is aiming at Tahoe,Suburban, Escalade.

      1. @ Mark D Contos: That is what I have heard also. GMC/Chevrolet sells a LOT of BOF SUV’s to government fleets. Betting that Jeep would like a slice of that sweet, sweet pie.

        I’d also like to see a return of a luxurious Chrysler version of the top SUV to directly compete with the Escalade. (Lincoln’s SUV sure hasn’t been able to come close to beating the Cadillac). Lord knows that Chrysler could use some fresh product besides the minivan thing, or maybe Chrysler is to be killed off?

        What if the Wagoneer was equal to a Tahoe, and the Grand Wagonner was equal to a Suburban? What will hapen to the GC? Will it soldier on as a 7/8 scale “full-size” SUV?

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