Another Jeep Icon May Go Fully Electric by 2022
Everyone’s beloved Grand Wagoneer SUV may give ‘range’ a whole new meaning.
The Jeep Wagoneer is slated to return in 2021 as a 2022 model. That’s a full 10 years after the late Sergio Marchionne declared that the iconic Jeep SUV would be making a comeback. At first, it was slated for 2013. Then it was 2015. Then ’16… and ’19. To say that the Wagoneer revival has been a saga would be an understatement. But the wheels are truly in motion now, and barring some kind of catastrophic happening at Jeep, it’ll be here sooner than later.
We still don’t know much about what the new Wagoneer will look like. But renewed interest in classic SJs and in the nameplate itself is reaching fever-pitch. Jeep’s modernized interpretation of the classic SUV in its green 2018 Wagoneer Roadtrip concept was a hit at last year’s Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Unfortunately for the purists, the next Wagoneer will not be your grandfather’s old SJ.
Oh, and according to a recent report in Insider Car News, it will be available from the outset with a hybrid powertrain. Even wilder, FCA may even be considering a fully-electric version.
So far, we know that the new Jeep flagship will be built at FCA’s Warren, Michigan plant after a $1.5 billion retooling is completed. It will compete with the Ford Expedition/Chevy Suburban/GMC Yukon set, while the Grand Wagoneer will square off against the likes of the Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes GLS, and even more venerable fare like the Range Rover and Toyota Land Cruiser. It may top out at nearly $150,000. Rumor has it that a 700-plus horsepower Trackhawk version may even be in the works.
Since the Wagoneer revival was announced (so essentially for the entire 2010s), One of the most commonly used photos for news stories is of a 1984 truck in its full wood-grained glory out on the range, surrounded by horses. To the next-gen Wagoneer, range will have an entirely different meaning.
We may not be able to expect the go-anywhere, ruggedness of the old SJ, but this move really does make sense. The hybrid powertrain will likely be similar to the 260-horse Atkinson-cycle V6 and two electric motors found in the current Chrysler Pacifica hybrid. Of course, if the idea of a plug-in Wagoneer offends you, there will almost certainly be at least one V8 option available.
To us, the idea of an electric Wagoneer is a strange one. But hey, a hybrid Wrangler is also in the works. After digesting that news, Jeep’s plan to electrify (or semi-electrify, at least) its ultra-luxe flagship seems relatively tame. It probably won’t have a shovel-nose, and the wood paneling is likely a thing of the past. But it looks like Jeep is serious about making the new Wagoneer a modern world-class luxury SUV with go-anywhere credentials. At the end of the day, that’s what matters to us.