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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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Acura is revealing its next-gen MDX slowly, first with this, the MDX Prototype.

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The MDX is the best-selling Acura in the lineup. It's also America's best-selling luxury three-row SUV. But that's not good enough.

Acura is redesigning the MDX and as it prepares to enter a fourth generation, a prototype of the new SUV will be shown on October 14. This looks to follow the same pattern as the TLX launch, which saw a prototype revealed about six months before the true model debut, just after the PMC Edition was put on sale.

Acura says that the next-gen MDX will usher in " new levels of Acura design, performance, technology and craftsmanship, assuming the mantle as the brand's new flagship model". And that's a good thing. The brand revolution that started with the RDX and continued with the TLX looks to go even further in a bid to re-establish Acura on its premium model throne.

The ofirst MDX was the industry's first three-row SUV based on a unibody platform, a design that has since gone mainstream as crossovers and lifestyle SUVs overrun a vehicle type that started as rugged off-roaders and family trucksters. Since it's debut, the MDX has garnered praise from buyers and critics alike including winning the 2001 North American Truck of the Year and 2001 Motor Trend SUV of the Year awards.

Over the past two decades, cumulative sales have surpassed 1 million units, securing MDX's place as the best-selling Acura model, accounting for roughly one-third of the brand's U.S. sales since its launch.

"We're accelerating Acura's commitment to Precision Crafted Performance and this fourth-generation MDX is the most ambitious and consequential redesign of an Acura core model in our history," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and Acura brand officer. "This all-new MDX will take us into new territory in terms of performance, prestige and emotional appeal."

The teaser image (above) and video (below) that were released today highlight the sharply sculpted beltline running the perimeter of the wider, lower and longer MDX, connecting the Jewel Eye LED headlights at the front to the Chicane LED taillights in the rear.

The MDX Prototype pulls heavily from the RDX and TLX with design nods to each. Still, it's unmistakably a three-row SUV. Though we don't know for sure what's under the hood, expect the MDX to have more a dynamic driving style when it debuts, following in the vein of the RDX and TLX redesigns.

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The material Jaguar Land Rover is adding to its vehicle interiors is called Econyl.

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As automaker work toward more sustainable business practices, Jaguar Land Rover is working with Econyl nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from ocean and landfill waste. The automaker promises that next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models will feature floor mats and trims made with Econyl fiber from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers, fishing nets from the farming industry, and those abandoned in the ocean– known as 'ghost nets'.

Econyl nylon was created by Aquafil. It's already been sued in the high-end fashion, sportswear, and luxury watch industries to create handbags, backpacks, swimwear, and watch straps. In one year, the company recycles as much as 40,000 tons of waste, making it in to the nylon. For every 10,000 tonnes of Econyl raw material produced, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 65,100 tons of carbon emissions equivalent are avoided.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Jaguar Land Rover has committed to including more sustainable materials in its interiors.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Turning to sustainable materials isn't a new idea. For years Ford has been incorporating all manner of materials into its vehicles including tomatoes, soy, and coffee chaff from McDonald's. General Motors recently showcased a breakdown of how recycled materials are used inside their automobiles.

Bentley's facility in Crewe, England is collecting rainwater for use in its office building allowing the company to not have to draw from the local water system.

Each year automakers release their sustainability report, which champions all the ways that the company is moving forward in its resources conservation plans. This year's GM report sets forth numerous goals. Among them, by 2030, 50 percent of the parts used in General Motors vehicles will be made with sustainable materials. Additionally, GM's Spring Hill plant in Tennessee will run solely on solar power by 2022.

FCA made big strides in 2019. Their 2020 sustainability report touted their 40 percent reduction in water use and 27 percent carbon footprint reduction per vehicle.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

This week Polestar announced that its Precept concept vehicle is headed into production. When the Precept debuted a few months ago, the company bragged about its sustainable interior.

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