2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Series III 4×4 Review & Test Drive

After a long 30-year hiatus, the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer have returned to keep up the huge young boys of high-end and excess, such as the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Land Rover, and even together with the offerings of Chevrolets Tahoe and GMCs Yukon. The brand new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are new pillars for the Jeep brand that appear to branch off into a new Wagoneer line thats suited for luxury duties.
To quickly chart the primary differences in the brand-new 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, Jeep essentially positioned the Wagoneer as a more budget-friendly option thats still the very same size and design as the more-expensive Grand Wagoneer however uses a 5.7-liter V8 engine and an eTorque 48-volt mild-hybrid system for an overall of 392 horsepower and 404 lb-ft of torque. Towing capability is at 10,000 pounds. The Grand Wagoneer takes things up a couple of notches by having the more considerable powertrain, the brands 6.4-liter 392 V8 with 471 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque with a nearly-matching tow ranking of 9,850 pounds and a Gross car weight ranking of 7,400 pounds (1,360 pound payload capability). Both lorries have an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Seating locations are large and there are no cutting corners for supplying the 3rd and 2nd * row travelers with a welcoming space. The second-row captains chairs on my test vehicle (you can select a 3-passenger second-row bench seat) are heated and ventilated and have an excellent amount of assistance. The third-row seats are broad and have adequate space for a few adults to enjoy at least on a journey enough time to empty the big 26.5-gallon fuel tank.

To rapidly chart the main distinctions in the new 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, Jeep generally placed the Wagoneer as a more cost effective option thats still the exact same size and style as the more-expensive Grand Wagoneer however makes do with a 5.7-liter V8 engine and an eTorque 48-volt mild-hybrid system for an overall of 392 horsepower and 404 lb-ft of torque. You can almost think of the Wagoneer vs. the Grand Wagoneer being simply like the GMC Yukon Denali vs. the Cadillac Escalade. Speaking of “Jeep,” you d be hard-pressed to discover any Jeep logos on the Grand Wagoneer– though, I did handle to discover a couple embezzled in the brilliant adaptive LED headlight housings.

Overall, Jeep has done wonders fresh out of the gate to complete in the luxury space that was mainly ruled by only a handful of body-on-frame SUVs. Theres a good level of classiness, high-end, and subtle off-road expertise to make the brand-new Grand Wagoneer something appealing and special to those who desire something fresh and various encased in an authentic high-end plan. The pricing scale is considerable for the Grand Wagoneer starting at $88,440 for the Series I and increasing to $103,995 for the Series III, that includes a long list of standard high-end features and amenities in addition to a bevy of your anticipated active safety functions. My almost-loaded Grand Wagoneer Series III 4 × 4 test vehicle concerns the cost of $106,990, which is right in line with competition from something like the new Cadillac Escalade Luxury/Sport Platinum. Which American high-end brute will it be for you?

Having the new Grand Wagoneer in my possession this week, theres a lot to take in. When I state a lot, theres a lot of vehicle here that tips the scale at 6,420 pounds however it doesnt feel so heavy when you have 471 horse power at your beckon. Essentially, the new Grand Wagoneer remarkably handles itself well out on the roadway and gets up and moves when you require it to. No to 60 mph occurs in just 5.4 seconds, which is just over a 2nd faster than the regular Wagoneer with its mild-hybrid 5.7-liter V8 setup and almost a half-second quicker than the brand-new Cadillac Escalade. Obviously, when you begin to equal other traffic or listen to that grumbling V8 rumble theres going to be a price to be paid at the pump. The Grand Wagoneer beverages generous amounts of fuel to the tune of its EPA approximates that fall in line with my real-world observation at 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, and 15 mpg integrated, which is a small leave from much of its competition.

Theres a great deal of mass to keep in check and you feel it if you ever take a dogleg at speed, however the new Grand Wagoneer does “alright” for handling where the air suspension system instantly decreases at highway speeds for a more aerodynamic profile and lower center of gravity. Of course, youre never going to wish to push the Grand Wagoneer near its limitations as you can quickly discover them without attempting too hard and end up at the grace of stability control keeping you out of the nearby ditch. The quadra-lift air suspension does well with the adaptive dampers to smooth out road flaws and raise the vehicle by 1.7-inches for up to 10 inches of ground clearance for off-roading experiences or lower the lorry for a simple entry/exit height helped by the power-retractable side steps. Thanks to the technique air suspension, 2-speed on-demand transfer case, electronic rear limited-slip differential, front-axle differential with detach, a Selec-terrain management system, and a Selec-speed controls system, the Grand Wagoneer is promoted as one of the most off-road capable full-size body-on-frame SUVs, because JEEP! The Grand Wagoneer isnt a trail-rated Jeep primarily since of things like its method angle being just 25 degrees even though you can ford 24 inches of water with the air suspension in its highest position. Speaking of “Jeep,” you d be hard-pressed to find any Jeep logos on the Grand Wagoneer– though, I did handle to discover a couple embezzled in the intense adaptive LED headlight real estates.

Apart from the engine distinctions, the Grand Wagoneer is the more glamorous option, one that gets all the expected comforts that you expect in a high-end body-on-frame big SUV in addition to a plethora of info and home entertainment screens. You can nearly think about the Wagoneer vs. the Grand Wagoneer being much like the GMC Yukon Denali vs. the Cadillac Escalade. The Grand Wagoneer likewise rather prides itself is how numerous screens you can enter of the mammoth-proportioned automobile. In my Series III test car, there are 5 screens plus you can get another two as an option for home entertainment screens installed on the back of the front seats. The front passengers touchscreen thats magically blocked from the chauffeurs view, is a good addition for viewing films via HDMI or USB connection.

The design of the interior and control panel is well done and theres much thought into the positioning of controls and a welcomed redundancy of controls, whether it be the climate control system, seat convenience, or the audio system, there are numerous ways of controlling everything. The big 12-inch infotainment touchscreen running the new Uconnect 5 system is user-friendly with a brief knowing curve and a natural voice acknowledgment that can be prompted by stating the timely words, such as saying “Hey Jeep.” The only issue here exists appear to be a couple of system glitches that arose throughout my week that prevented the efficiency of the system and remarkably-sounding 23-speaker McIntosh noise system. Its possible that the glitches might be repaired with an over-the-air software application upgrade. Otherwise, when the system did work my iPhone 13 Pro connected flawlessly through cordless Apple CarPlay. Theres likewise Android Auto integration and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

The styling of the new Grand Wagoneer is a different approach that might mesmerize some with a couple of hints that harken back to the original Grand Wagoneer. When looking at the vehicle from a distance, the side windows have an upright framing that looks decent up close however in some way doesnt flow as well. Otherwise, other little qualities that pay tribute to the wood siding-clade Wagoneer of the past can be discovered in the front grille along with a retained Jeep characterization. The Grand Wagoneer is so large that even the 22-inch wheels begin to look a bit too small for its upright and high stature. In all, the Grand Wagoneer looks … “Grand,” whichs on purpose.

Getting into the Grand Wagoneer is simple, almost as simple to access to the roomy third row of seats at the touch of a button. Inside of the Grand Wagoneer in its top-tier Series III trim is an inviting area with the appropriate luxury visits that flow elegantly throughout the cabin. Its nice to have the seat manages installed on the door trim along with a cool touch capacitive button with haptic feedback for the seat memory for both front seats.

The styling of the new Grand Wagoneer is a various approach that might mesmerize some with a couple of hints that harken back to the initial Grand Wagoneer. In all, the Grand Wagoneer looks … “Grand,” and thats on function.

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