Return of an American Icon: Preview the Upcoming Jeep® Grand Wagoneer near Princeton, NJ

A Brief History

Until about the early-90s, SUVs held strictly to their designated initialism. They were sporty away from the asphalt and offered excellent utility. They were also, you know, vehicles. The Jeep Wagoneer started off in a similar fashion. However, in 1966, Kaiser Jeep introduced the Super Wagoneer, which, though short-lived, offered many features that competitors did not.

Kaiser Jeep originally sold the Wagoneer in two-door and four-door options. However, in 1974, new parent company AMC renamed the two-door variant to the now-famous Cherokee. While Cherokee continued its sport and utilitarian path, AMC pushed the Wagoneer up market. Outfitted with amenities like plush carpet, leather upholstery, power locks and windows, and cruise control, Wagoneer become the first truly upscale SUV on the market. Eventually, the Wagoneer's Limited trim was spun off into its own model, the Grand Wagoneer, which would set the standard for luxury SUV until its discontinuation in 1991.


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The Comeback

Today, Jeep offers something for just about everyone, from maneuverable compact crossovers like Renegade to super spacious midsize SUVs like Grand Cherokee. Each model can be equipped to high-class levels, and all offer Jeep's legendary adventurous spirit and off-road capability. However, one component has been missing for several decades: a third row. Next year, Jeep is set to change that with the renewal of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer nameplates. Soon, families from Hillsborough to Manville will be able to enjoy an intrepid and luxurious Jeep experience.

While details remain scarce, and Jeep has only shown images of the Grand Wagoneer concept, there's still plenty of available information to get excited about. Here's a quick look at some educated speculations:

  • Performance: Jeep states Wagoneer will be built around the body-on-frame design of the RAM 1500. This has led some media outlets to speculate that it will also share engine options, including 3.6-liter V-6, 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, and, possibly, a 3.0-liter turbodiesel. The automaker also boasts that Grand Wagoneer will offer unbeatable towing capacity.

  • Accommodations: Being such a momentous reintroduction, the Wagoneer will certainly deliver a more elegant, luxurious, and feature-packed cabin than any Jeep model to-date. Belle Mead and Edison drivers can expect premium-wrapped surfaces, gorgeous design, and meticulous attention to detail. Concept photos also show an incredible full-length single-pane glass roof.

  • Technology: According to Jeep, the all-new Wagoneer will feature 45 inches of display surface, including a 12.3-inch driver information display/digital gauge cluster, a 12.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen passenger display. Plus, Wagoneer will feature an industry-exclusive McIntosh® premium audio system.

  • Capability: Even with an abundance of luxurious trappings and super-advanced technologies, a Jeep isn't a Jeep without class-leading capability. The new Wagoneer will boast the exclusive Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System with five drive modes, a Quadra-Drive® II 4x4 system with active two-speed transfer case, and Quadra-Lift® Air suspension. It's safe to say that no similarly-sized SUV on the market will match Wagoneer's off-road prowess.

The All-New Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer near Trenton, NJ

With an expected launch date of Summer 2021, it will be a while before the Wagoneer rolls into our Princeton NJ dealership. But we know it will be well worth the wait.