Born in America in 1962 for the 1963 model year, Wagoneer was the first four-wheel-drive vehicle mated to an automatic transmission, pioneering the first modern SUV. The 1984 Grand Wagoneer marked the beginning of the premium SUV, giving buyers an unheard-of combination of standard features, such as leather upholstery, air conditioning, AM/FM/CB stereo radios, and added sound insulation, with a dramatic increase in horsepower and torque.
Always at the forefront was a beautifully crafted design that exuded class, elegance, and a premium feel., and that formula continues with the new Concept that was revealed today.
The all-new Grand Wagoneer Concept – introduced today in Detroit – marks the rebirth of a classic and premium American icon, providing a vision of a modern premium SUV.
The stunning Concept’s debut instantly positions the storied name as a premium extension of the Jeep brand, and with this new Concept, the Grand Wagoneer nameplate features – for the first time ever – a spacious third row.
“Our new Grand Wagoneer Concept marks the first step in the rebirth of Wagoneer – a true and rare premium American icon,” said Christian Meunier, Global President of the Jeep brand – FCA. “With the electrification of each Jeep nameplate coming in the next few years and the reintroduction of this SUV, we are quickly expanding into new segments and more premium space.
The new SUV grand interior for up to seven passengers thanks to its spacious comfortable front- and second-row captain’s chairs as well as its third row – a first for the nameplate. The relaxed atmosphere of the interior — accentuated by the use of customizable ambient lighting, both in color and intensity — offers a liberating feeling of tranquility for everyone on board.
Many of the interior elements pay tribute to the rich history of the vehicle, such as the two-spoke steering wheel. Opening the front driver-side door reveals the outer edge of the instrument panel that features an inscription — EST. 1963 — that pays homage to the first model year of the original Wagoneer.
The Concept SUV features a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain system, in line with the Jeep brand’s plans to offer electrification options on all models in the next few years, while production versions of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are slated to arrive in showrooms next year. They will be reborn in America – in Warren, Mich., near downtown Detroit. As a nod to its manufacturing home and the Brand’s headquarters, the Concept’s full-pane glass roof houses a map showcasing Detroit and the surrounding area.