Meet the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer, A Classic SUV With Modern Flair

Jeep Wagoneer
Photo: Jeep

The Jeep Wagoneer is making its comeback in style.

It’s been almost 30 years since the last time we saw a Jeep Wagoneer hit the market, and it’s high time for the model to hit the market once again—which is just what Jeep is doing. Considered one of the first-ever luxury SUVs way before the term ‘sports utility vehicle’ had been coined, the Wagoneer initially flaunted a vintage wood panel flair and a boxy shape indicative of the station wagon.

Now, we won’t be getting exterior wood paneling for the 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, but Jeep has gone back in time to nab some of the design language of the original machines and modernize them for the contemporary market. These new machines are undoubtedly of the current era, but if you look closely, you’ll be able to find the ghost of the original blended in with precision.  So, there’s that unique roofline you loved as a kid, but you can keep your own kids entertained with the first-ever car-integrated Amazon Fire TV system built into Jeep’s UConnect infotainment system.

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Jeep Wagoneer

The Wagoneer has the classic lines you know and love while also flaunting a fitting modern makeover. Photo: Jeep

Jeep Wagoneer: A New Family Favorite

If you’re looking to make the step up from your regular SUV to something more luxurious, look no further than the Jeep Wagoneer. It boasts best-in-class storage and passenger space for long-legged teens and diaper bags alike, and you don’t have to sacrifice your weekend outings just to drive something a little fancier.

Jeep Wagoneer

Comfortable second and third rows for the whole family—including the older kids. Photo: Jeep

Specs to know:

  • Starts at $57,995
  • 5.7-liter V-8 engine that produes 392 horsepower and 404 lb-ft. of torque and features eTorque 48-volt hybrid
  • Comes in both 4×2 and 4×4 trims
  • 8-speed transmission
  • 5 drive modes
  • 1o-inch ground clearance
  • 10,000 lbs towing capacity
  • 10-inch UConnect infotainment system and 10-inch digital cluster
  • Best in class second and third row leg room
  • Best in class storage behind the third row
  • 179 cubic inches passenger volume
  • Amazon Fire TV; the first car to feature this streaming service
  • 120 standard and optional safety measures
  • Trims: Series I, Series II, Series III

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Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Capable on the road and off. Photo: Jeep

Jeep Grand Wagoneer: Top Class Luxury

If the Wagoneer isn’t capable enough for you, don’t worry: the Grand Wagoneer very likely has those features you were missing, from big things like ultra-massaging seats to those small details like puddle lamps. Those extras will come with a larger price tag, but anyone who spends a lot of time behind the wheel will find those features pay for themselves.

Specs to know:

  • Starts at $86,995
  • Top-of-the-line Obsidian trim: $98,995
  • Only available in 4×4
  • 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces 470 hp and 455 lb-ft torque
  • Standard quadralift air suspension and quadra-drive
  • 10-inch ground clearance that can be lowered for ease
  • 4-zone climate control
  • McIntosh sound system with 23 speakers
  • 75 inches of total screen display with a dedicated screen for front seat passengers
  • Power step
  • 10-inch illuminated comfort screen display in back and front
  • 24-way heated massage seats
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • 120 standard and optional safety measures
  • Trims: Series I, Series II, Series III, Obsidian

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Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The Grand Wagoneer features a screen just for front-seat passengers. Photo: Jeep

Beauty Across the Board

While you won’t see any exterior wood paneling on the all-new Wagoneers, Jeep has made sure to incorporate that wood on the interior, which is frankly gorgeous. There are multiple color palettes for the interior that take inspiration from nature—sea salt, velvet, tupelo honey, and blue agave leaf—each of which include shades from the whole spectrum of warm to cool, depending on what you prefer.

But don’t think that Jeep has neglected the exterior. The front grille is gorgeous, designed to lean forward just a little to give the impression of power and speed. The long roofline of the original Wagoneer has been retained to preserve that crucial element of its heritage. Scalloped sides plant the vehicle stance firmly on the ground, but plenty of liquid chrome accents provide those touches of luxury that you want. The Wagoneer is going to be one of those super-chic vehicles that you can just tell is gorgeous by looking at it but which also isn’t too in-your-face.

The Wagoneer is going to be a great option for larger families that value their space, their comfort, and their lust for adventure. You’ll be nice and comfy in your Palermo leather seats knowing that you’ve got the tow hooks, skid plates, and adjustable suspension to tackle a rocky path.

Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The mix of wood paneling, metal accents, and panoramic sun roof give the Grand Wagoneer a natural feel, even inside the car. Photo: Jeep

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