Jeep Reveals Larger-Than-Life Wagoneer And Grand Wagoneer L Twins

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These gargantuan SUVs have loads of passenger and cargo space.

The Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer ranges are set to grow with the introduction of long-wheelbase models. Known as the 2023 Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L, the latest derivatives now offer buyers even more space and practicality. Importantly, the brand new Hurricane twin-turbo engines will be made available, along with a new trim level, the Wagoneer Carbide.

Overall, the L models are 12 inches longer, now measuring 226.7 inches from front to rear. The wheelbase has increased by seven inches to 130 inches, improving passenger room and cargo space behind the third row of seats. Jeep says there's an extra 15.8 cubic feet of packing space now up for grabs.

"The new Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L long-wheelbase models give our customers more: a more efficient and more powerful powertrain with the all-new Hurricane Twin Turbo engines, and even more space, delivering best-in-class overall passenger volume, second-row legroom, and cargo volume behind the third row," said Senior Vice President and Head of Jeep Brand North America, Jim Morrison.

These lofty claims are backed up by impressive figures. Second-row passengers have 42.7 inches of legroom at their disposal and, while those relegated to the third-row often suffer for space, this isn't the case on the lengthier Jeeps. Both offer up to 36.6 in of legroom for the rearmost passengers. Buyers can opt between seven- or eight-seater configurations.

Trunk space is enormous. Behind the third row, the Wagoneer L has up to 42.1 cubic feet of space and the Grand Wagoneer L 44.2 cubes. By comparison, the Cadillac Escalade ESV has 41.5 cubes behind the third row. With the third row folded, the Grand Wagoneer L has 88.8 cubes of trunk space (85.3 for the Wagoneer L). This rises to an auditorium-like 112.9 cubes when the third row is folded in the Grand Wagoneer L, or 130.9 cubes in the Wagoneer L.

The big news is the introduction of the Hurricane twin-turbo motor. The Wagoneer L will receive a lower state of tune, with 420 horsepower and 468 lb-ft of torque.

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The high output variant is limited to the plusher Grand Wagoneer L, which boasts a heady 510-hp and 500 lb-ft. Despite the impressive outputs, Jeep says the six-cylinder is 15% more efficient than similarly powerful, larger V8 engines, returning an estimated 1-2 mpg improvement over the current breed of V8s. Both Hurricane engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic. Both rear- or all-wheel-drive models are offered.

While the long-wheelbase models retain the same architecture as their siblings, significant alterations to the platform have been made. A new rear floor, rear ladder structure, and third-row seat brackets and reinforcements were necessary for the lengthened models. So too was a revised rear tub and load floors.

Jeep has also introduced a Wagoneer Carbide trim. A blacked-out design gives it a sinister look, with a Gloss Black finish applied to the wheels, roof rack, grille, and several other exterior styling elements. The darkened theme continues inside, with unique touches such as technical hydrographic dash trim. This will be made available on the 2023 Wagoneer and Wagoneer L models in the second half of 2022.

The Wagoneer L receives a coil spring suspension setup, although it can be optioned with an air suspension system (standard on the Grand Wagoneer L). Both are available with three 4x4 systems: Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II. This gives buyers even more choice. The Wagoneer L can tow up to 10,000 pounds in 2WD guise. Speaking of weight, the Grand Wagoneer L Series III weighs as much as 6,704 lbs.

Styling is subjective, but the lengthened variants aren't quite as handsome and well-proportioned as their shorter siblings. Both have plenty of presence but aren't as flashy as some rivals are known to be. But looks aren't of importance to the average full-size SUV buyer; it's the interior and standard specification that counts the most. As standard, both models receive an acoustic laminated windshield and front door glass to enhance refinement.

LED headlamps and leather-trimmed seats are also standard, although you'll have to opt for plusher models to receive Nappa leather upholstery. The poshest derivatives, such as the Grand Wagoneer L Series III, receive Palermo leather. Passengers won't want for anything in these spacious SUVs, as the Uconnect 5 system offers plenty of connectivity.

Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, along with simultaneous Bluetooth connectivity for two phones. Wagoneer L models receive a 10.25-inch instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch horizontal main touchscreen. The Grand Wagoneer L gains larger screens, at 12.3 and 12 inches respectively.

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If that's still not enough for you, buyers can opt for the 10.25-inch passenger screen sited ahead of the front passenger. The co-pilot can control the navigation and entertainment settings and can even view the vehicle cameras, among other things.

Those in the second row of the Grand Wagoneer L haven't been forgotten, though. A 10.25-inch comfort display screen can be found between the captain's chairs. An optional Rear Seat Entertainment system can transform the rear quarters into a truly luxurious place to be and passengers can enjoy built-in Amazon Fire TV, among other things.

Any luxury SUV worth its salt needs a high-end audio system and the lengthened Jeep twins don't disappoint. Standard on the Grand Wagoneer L Series I and Series II is the 19-speaker McIntosh MX950 Entertainment System which includes a 10-inch subwoofer. Plusher models receive a 23-speaker McIntosh system with a 12-inch subwoofer and a 24-channel 1375-watt amplifier.

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The Toledo-based SUV maker has filled the Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L with safety features designed to make driving stress-free. Adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian and cyclist detection), blind-spot assist, rear cross-path detection, and active lane assist are standard. Night vision, drowsy driver detection, traffic sign recognition, and much more forms part of the comprehensive safety suite.

Jeep has said that both models will be made available in the second half of 2022 as 2023 models, with Jeep hoping to get a slice of the long-wheelbase full-size SUV pie. The Wagoneer L caters to the more mainstream market, while the plusher Grand Wagoneer L will battle the Escalade ESV.

The Jeep brand name doesn't have the cachet of Cadillac but, the standard-wheelbase Grand Wagoneer still managed to outsell its rivals from Lincoln and Lexus in the first quarter of 2022 - expect the L models to do the same. Pricing is yet to be announced and will likely surface closer to the on-sale dates.

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