Jeep has played the forthcoming Grand Wagoneer close to the chest. That may change.
It feels like it's been ages since rumors first started floating around that Jeep would bring out a new three-row utility vehicle to slot above the Grand Cherokee in the lineup: the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Even still, very little concrete news has left the FCA headquarters; all we've got to go on is a few spy photos and some quiet murmurs.
But Jim Morrison, head of the Jeep brand at FCA, says the company will have more to share soon about the three-row SUV, now expected to launch for 2021 or 2022. He spoke to Auto Guide recently as Jeep showed its new Gladiator Mojave at the Canadian International Auto Show.
"I think one of the things we like about the Jeep brand is that we pay attention to what our customers are saying," Morrison revealed. "They've said they wanted a pickup truck? We've given the Gladiator. They've said they wanted a Wrangler with a diesel? We've given them EcoDiesel. So obviously we pay attention to them and close attention to what our customers are looking for."
"It makes a lot of sense to be next out of the chute with the Grand Wagoneer, but more on that soon."
Unlike the unibody Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Grand Wagoneer is expected to ride on a full-frame platform, more than likely borrowed from the Ram 1500, and that leads us to believe it will pack similar powertrain offerings.
Past comments made about the vehicle suggest that it will aim to be quite upscale, shooting for a level of luxury seldom seen before from FCA's Jeep brand. That makes sense given its size, which will probably compel FCA to slap a comparatively high sticker price on the three-row utility vehicle.
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer could debut as soon as Detroit's North American International Auto Show this June, reviving a nameplate last seen in the US market in 1993.