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Jeep continues Grand Wagoneer, Wagoneer teasers; see them all here

Jeep continues to tease the forthcoming revival of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer.

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The Jeep Wagoneer is on its way. The company, a division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, continues to roll out photos and videos showcasing the model's badging, rotary dial, and more. Scroll down to see a collection of all the teaser photos and videos so far.

Remember to save the date. The full models will be revealed September 3.

2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

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First Appeared: August 10

What it Means: A new teaser from Jeep simply states, "Grand" and the definition "magnificent or striking in appearance, size, or style". While AutomotiveMap is pretty sure that the teaser is for the return of the Wagoneer.

2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

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First Appeared: August 14

What it Means: This picture marks the first time the public has gotten a glimpse at Wagoneer branding and badging. Truck companies are on a “made in America” kick lately with Ford putting the American flag on its new F-150 and Ram creating Built to Serve military-themed trucks. From 1963 to 1991, the Grand Wagoneer was mostly unchanged making it the third longest-produced single generation car in U.S. automotive history.

2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

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First Appeared: August 14

What it Means: Here, Jeep is showing off the ignition button of the forthcoming Wagoneer. It appears as if the button on the bottom of the push-button start is for turning on/off the vehicle's engine start/stop functionality. The button is surrounded by a piano black bezel and sits inside a dashboard/center console that is complete with stitched leather upholstery and wood accents.

First Appeared: August 16

What it Means: Remember how great the Grand Wagoneer was? You don’t take a trip down memory lane with this video. Jeep is a brand steeped in history and the Grand Wagoneer is a big part of that. The model traces its roots back to 1946 when the Willy Jeep Station Wagon came on the scene. It was in 1963 that the Grand Wagoneer was brought to fruition, serving as a replacement for the wagon.

2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

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First Appeared: August 21

What it Means: The Wagoneer has teeth? Though it’s likely that the model will have Jeep’s signature seven-slot grille, the version of it shown in this teaser is unique for a few reasons. First is the width of the slots and their composition - it’s similar to the Compass, but with vertical slats. There is a vertical stitched design element in the grille. Are those LEDs? Only time will tell.

Here we also see more of the Wagoneer badging, located at the lip of the hood, set in a dip in the hood. On many Jeep models, this is where “Jeep” badging resides, but there, it’s traditionally in upper- and lowercase script. Here it’s in all caps.

2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

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First Appeared: August 21

What it Means: This high-end rotary dial shows off the supposed luxury-level interior that Jeep will have in the Wagoneer. This is very similar to the shifter shown in the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. Here, the question is whether this is a shifter or a drive/terrain mode selector. Traditionally Jeeps have a more traditional stick shifter while leaving the dial for drive mode. FCA is a fan of rotary shifters, as seen in the Ram 1500 and Chrysler products. But, the Ram 1500 TRX has a stalk shifter so the tide may be in the favor of a drive mode selector here.

First Appeared: August 24

What it Means: This video shows off the shape of the Wagoneer and gives a hit about what to expect from its interior. It's clear that Jeep is expecting to have the model ascend into premium luxury territory.

2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

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First Appeared: August 28

What it Means: This photo confirms what we all now. The Wagoneer is a three-row SUV. If you look closely, it appears that the photo shows seating for seven - two up front, two in the middle, and a bench across where a the third row would be. There's also a large glass roof and two-tone paint scheme with a black roof and A-pillar. The model is rather blunt at the back and truck-like at the front.

2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

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First Appeared: August 28

What it Means: It's safe to say that the Easter egg shown in this photo gives a pretty good representation of the body style of the Wagoneer. There's also chrome/silver vents and natural wood shown, giving the interior a luxury level feel.

Stay tuned! We'll add more teaser photos as they are shown

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Larger tires headline the upgrades.

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The off-road wars are heating up. This year alone, we've seen the new Ford Bronco, Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck, new off-road models of the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Silverado, and more rugged versions of the Subaru Outback and Forester. Jeep, already deep in the game, doesn't need to do much to bolster its off-road offering, but the brand is doing just that for 2022. The automaker is offering a new Xtreme Recon Package for the Wrangler Willys SUV, which brings more capability and style to the boxy off-roader.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package The package can be ordered for Wrangler Willys models later this year. Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package

Beyond beefy 35-inch tires tires, the Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gets a 1.5-inch factory lift, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, 17-inch wheels and swing gate reinforcement. Jeep says those improvements give the Willys best-in-class approach and departure angles, ground clearance, and water fording capability. Approach angle improves to 47.4 degrees, breakover angle improves to 26.7 degrees, and departure angle jumps to 40.4 degrees. The extra ride height also pushes ground clearance to 12.9 inches and the water fording depth to 33.6 inches.

The package's 35-inch tires make the Willys Jeep's third Wrangler model with hardcore rolling stock. It joins the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the 35-inch club, all of which can be equipped with the tires directly from the factory.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package A factory lift helps improve ground clearance and capability.Jeep

The Xtreme Recon Package can be ordered starting in October and will be available for the Jeep Wrangler Willys with 3.6-liter eTorque engine. The package adds $3,995 to the Wrangler Willys' price tag, which brings the total starting price to $40,930, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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Biden will target 50 percent of all vehicle sales for EVs by 2030.

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In the last several months, we've seen automakers from all corners of the globe commit to some degree of electrification by the end of the decade and beyond. That includes the American Big Three: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Stellantis (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, others). Today, President Joe Biden plans to throw his weight behind these efforts by signing an executive order that sets a goal of pushing the sales of zero-emissions vehicles to half of all vehicle sales in the U.S. by 2030.

Biden's target is not legally binding, but the industry is already jumping on board. In a joint statement, Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis confirmed that they aim to hit an EV sales volume of 40-50 percent annually. It's worth noting that the President's 50 percent goal and the automakers' sales targets also include plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use a traditional gasoline engine.


Jeep PHEV The target also includes plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use gas engines.Jeep


Auto unions and dealers are not opposed to the ambitious roadmaps laid out by the Big Three, but both have differing views on what is essential and how things will ultimately play out. While aware of the goals, the UAW is focused on wage growth and the preservation of jobs and benefits. It feels that an increase in EV production volume must happen here in the U.S. to include good-paying American union jobs.

Dealers, to a degree, are supportive of the goals but skeptical of their ultimate success. Some feel that electric vehicles do not present the earth-shattering shift in functionality and usability that other new products, such as smartphones, did in different industries. Regardless of concerns and skepticism, it appears that automakers are going all-in on the shift to electrification, so we're bound to see a wealth of new battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the next few years.


GM battery facility rendering Automakers are pledging billions to increase EV and PHEV production volume.GM

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