Matt-Lauer-in-a-Jeep-Grand-Wagoneer-626x382What do you get when you add length and luxury to a Grand Cherokee? In 2018, you’ll get the reborn Jeep Grand Wagoneer and an American competitor to Land Rover with a seven-slat grille.

The off-road vehicle company plans to redesign the Grand Cherokee for 2017. Its new platform architecture will serve as the basis for the Wagoneer, which will pack three rows of seats, and offer what Car and Driver thinks will be “a more opulent interior than other Jeeps.”

That’s all well and good, but will the next Grand Wagoneer have woodgrain side panels? If not, I’m sure the aftermarket will take care of that.

1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer; Based on the Jeep SJ platform, Jeep Wagoneer models (1963-1991) created the premium SUV segmentClick on the image above for a larger view, so you can appreciate the gentle brown luster of those side panels.

photos [The Torque Report] and [Car and Driver]