Jeep is looking to give Cadillac and Lincoln a run for their money in the full-size luxury sport utility vehicle market, reviving the Wagoneer to compete with the Escalade and Navigator.
The 2022 Wagoneer will hit the road this summer, some three decades after Jeep stopped selling the original SUV, MotorTrend reports. The new version comes with a 6.4-liter V-8 engine that the company says will allow the vehicles to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in six seconds and tow nearly 1,000 pounds.
Fiat Chrysler, which owns the brand, announced in 2019 that it was bringing back the Wagoneer, a classic SUV Jeep perhaps best known for its wood paneling that first debuted all the way back in 1962. The company said at the tie that it also plans to eventually offer an electric version.
“Jeep is re-introducing the Wagoneer name as a sub-brand to emphasize its upscale status as a more modern, tech-laden, and sophisticated vehicle relative to the brand's other offerings,” according to MotorTrend. “The new SUVs don't have Jeep badging and don't need it. Instead, the model screams ‘Grand Wagoneer’ in bold letters on its front, back, and sides.”
The new Jeep flagship SUV will offer Amazon Fire TV for Auto, which marks the new entertainment system’s debut in the auto industry. Fire TV allows users to view different entertainment on each screen, with privacy film over the passenger screens.
Interested in a Wagoneer? It will cost you. The price tag reportedly ranges from nearly $89,000 to $113,000.
Jeep Defects Spark Safety Concerns
The Wagoneer’s long-awaited return comes as Jeep makers continue to struggle to put cars on the road that are actually safe to drive.
Fiat Chrysler announced last year that it was recalling more than 34,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel vehicles, citing an engine defect that could cause the cars to go up in flames.
The company also recalled another 67,000 Cherokee vehicles because of an all-wheel-drive defect the same year and called back more than 33,000 Gladiator and Wrangler vehicles due to a clutch pressure plate problem. Both defects increased the risk of a crash, Fiat Chrysler said at the time.
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