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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.

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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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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine delivers big power numbers.

Stellantis

The old saying that there's "no replacement for displacement" isn't quite as accurate as it once was. Turbochargers and the latest engine designs have made it possible to extract major power from smaller, more efficient power plants. Stellantis' latest announcement proves this point, as its new Hurricane inline-six-cylinder engine will generate big power numbers from a relatively modest 3.0 liters and two turbos.

Stellantis says two variants will be available. The standard output version produces more than 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, while a high output variant delivers more than 500 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The twin-turbo inline-six delivers that power with up to 15 percent better fuel efficiency.

Stellantis Hurricane Inline-SixIt's not yet clear which vehicles will get the engine.Stellantis

The new engine comes as Stellantis works to position itself for an electrified future. The automaker stated a goal of 50 percent a 50 percent battery electric vehicle mix by 2030, but notes that gas engines will still play a major role in its vehicle line for years to come. "The Hurricane twin-turbo is a no-compromise engine that delivers better fuel economy and an important reduction in greenhouse gases without asking our customers to give up performance," said Micky Bly, Stellantis head of propulsion systems.

At this point, it's unclear which vehicles will get the new engine, but Stellantis' brands are packed with opportunities. Dodge, whose Hellcat-powered muscle cars could be a good candidate, and then there's Jeep, with a line of off-road-ready SUVs that could greatly benefit from such an engine. The Hurricane's projected high output of 500 horsepower puts it behind the Hellcat engines power output, but it's still strong enough to make a seriously quick vehicle.

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