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Exterior view of the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer

We're in the middle of an automotive renaissance. Toyota finally brought back the Supra last year and ended a 22-year-long waiting period. After a 17-year absence, the Ford Mustang Mach 1 is returning to roads and drag strips everywhere. The Bronco has been gone since 1996, but an all-new 2021 model is on its way.

Fans of the Jeep Wagoneer have had to wait even longer. It rode off into the sunset in 1991 (under the name Grand Wagoneer). But Jeep is not just reincarnating it for 2022. It's turning the Wagoneer into a sub-brand and launching it with two three-row, full-size SUV models: the capable Wagoneer and the luxurious Grand Wagoneer. We've broken down their key characteristics below.

Trim Levels

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The Wagoneer is priced from $57,995* and designed to take on vehicles such as the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe. Its more upscale sibling, the Grand Wagoneer, is the new Wagoneer brand's rival to the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade, and has a base price of $86,995.*

Both models are available in Series I, II, and III trim levels; Jeep also offers an Obsidian version of the Grand Wagoneer with a variety of blacked-out exterior and interior accents. The base Wagoneer is two-wheel-drive only, but higher trim levels can be equipped with four-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is standard on all Grand Wagoneers.

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2022 Jeep Wagoneer Exterior

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The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer share the same basic two-box body design with a prominent body line that pays homage to the original Wagoneer.

They have distinctly different front ends, though. The Wagoneer's hood runs straight across the top of the grille and features letters that spell out its name. Jeep put the W A G O N E E R lettering on the Grand Wagoneer's grille, which rolls up and under the hood. Unique LED lighting flanks Jeep's signature seven-slot opening, which sits above a Grand Wagoneer-specific lower fascia. A two-tone black accent roof further sets the Grand Wagoneer apart from the regular Wagoneer.

Like their ancestors, the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer have trapezoidal wheel arches, which are now filled with either 20- or 22-inch wheels in a variety of available finishes. More large letters stretch across each model's standard hands-free power liftgate and literally spell out the difference between the two.

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2022 Jeep Wagoneer Interior

Interior view of the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer

For the first time ever, the Wagoneer (and its Grand Wagoneer sibling) has three rows of seats and room for up to eight passengers. A seven-seat configuration with second-row captain's chairs is available on the Wagoneer and standard on the Grand Wagoneer.

Nappa leather is the default for most models; midrange and high-end Grand Wagoneers come with quilted Palermo leather seating surfaces. Jeep equips the entire Grand Wagoneer range with 24-way power front seats with a massage function and four-way power headrests. While it may not have any wood paneling on the outside, its cabin is adorned with Satin American Walnut wood trim. Heated/ventilated first- and second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, adjustable pedals and other upgrades are available to make the driving experience even more pleasant.

According to Jeep, the new Wagoneer siblings will provide class-leading overall passenger volume, total combined passenger and cargo volume, second- and third-row head and leg room, and cargo volume behind the third row of reclining/fold-flat seats.

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2022 Jeep Wagoneer Infotainment

Interior view of the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer

Both Wagoneer variants have two major things in common when it comes to infotainment tech: Uconnect 5 and lots of screens. The newest version of Uconnect is five times faster than the outgoing system, provides wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and supports up to two Bluetooth-connected phones at the same time.

Properly equipped, the Wagoneer has 50 inches of screen area. That measurement includes a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster behind the heritage-inspired two-spoke steering wheel, 10.1-inch center touchscreen, 10.25-inch passenger screen, and the pair of 10.1-inch screens that come with the available Rear Seat Entertainment system.

There's up to 50 percent more screen space in the Grand Wagoneer. That comes from the 12.3-inch digital instrument display, 12-inch center touchscreen, 10.25-inch articulating touchscreen for adjusting certain comfort features below that, and another 10.25-inch that serves that same function between the second-row captain's chairs.

That 10.25-inch screen on the passenger side is as versatile as it is unusual. It can be used to look up navigation directions and send them to the main screen, watch content from a device or the new Amazon Fire TV for Auto system, or check the feeds from the available exterior cameras during off-road adventures.

The entry-level audio system is a nine-speaker setup from Alpine. For the Wagoneer family's premium audio system offerings, Jeep partnered with the high-end brand McIntosh. The base MX950 Entertainment System has 19-speakers, including a 10-inch subwoofer, and a 17-channel, 950-watt amplifier. The top-of-the-line McIntosh MX1375 Reference Entertainment System is comprised of a 23-speaker array that includes a 12-inch sub and draws 1,375 watts from a 24-channel amp.

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2022 Jeep Wagoneer Engines

View of the 2022 Jeep e-torque 5.7-liter HEMI engine

The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 in the Wagoneer is fitted with the next-generation of the eTorque 48-volt mild hybrid system. Output is up to 392 horsepower and 404 lb-ft of torque.

Upgrading to the Grand Wagoneer means getting a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with 471 horsepower and 455 lb-ft under the hood. Like its smaller sibling, the 392 is paired with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. The only number bigger than all of those is the maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds.

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2022 Jeep Wagoneer Capabilities

Exterior view of the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer

A trio of four-wheel drive systems help the Wagoneer models get over rough terrain: Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II with low range gearing and an electronic limited-slip rear differential. The available Quadra-Lift air suspension not only improves ride quality, but provides up to 10 inches of ground clearance and contributes to the Wagoneer's ability to ford up to 24 inches of water.

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2022 Jeep Wagoneer Safety

Exterior view of the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer

In addition to a long list of standard and optional features, such as Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, and Active Lane Management, the Wagoneer family is available with an array of advanced safety technologies. Those include a Digital Rearview Mirror, Intersection Collision Assist, and Night Vision with Pedestrian and Animal Detection. The most significant features are Active Driving Assist, a Level 2 automated driving aid that combines lane centering with the adaptive cruise control function, and Hands-free Active Driving Assist.

The 31-year wait for the new Wagoneer will be over in the second half of 2021. When that time comes, be sure to come by an AutoNation Jeep dealership to celebrate its homecoming and take it for a test drive.

*Prices do not include $2,000 destination charge.

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Derek Shiekhi | Mar 15, 2021

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