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7 things Jeep will keep for the production version of the 2022 Grand Wagoneer

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept is a really solid effort.

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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept is one of the most opulent and well-equipped Jeep products I have ever seen. It's modern, packed with features, and genuinely beautiful to look at. It's also, as Jeep will point out, a concept.

We are going to get a Jeep Grand Wagoneer, though. So even if this is just a concept, there has to be some items that Jeep is showing off here that'll make the production version. Nobody at Jeep is talking, but we do have some theories on what a production-spec version of the Grand Wagoneer will likely have.

4xe

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe badge

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4xe is Jeep's branding for a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Wrangler PHEV is going on sale early next year, and there are electrified versions of other Jeep models heading to Europe. For a flagship product, it'd make sense to have a future-looking flagship powertrain. Plug-in hybrid technology is how they do that.

Grand Wagoneer badging

2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept

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The Grand Wagoneer Concept features prominent Grand Wagoneer badging around the vehicle, including the front grille and the rear liftgate. It's a design feature of the concept, but the font and placement make sense from a production standpoint. The badging will be as grand as the name itself.

Light-up grille variant

2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept

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The light-up grille on the Grand Wagoneer is an incredible nighttime design feature. I'm unsure if Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) allow for that much lighting, but some luxury cars have light-up badges now, like the oversized illuminated Mercedes star. Expect some sort of light-up front to add to the premium look of the exterior at night.

Lots of screens

2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept

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According to Jeep, the Grand Wagoneer Concept is running a special version of the brand's latest Uconnect software. Every family hauler needs to have screens to entertain the kids, so expect some of the screens to make production.

The only one I'd say might not make the final cut would be the final one for the front passenger. It uses light filtering technology so that the driver can't see the screen and be distracted by it, but it's an expensive add-on that might be a bit over-the-top. It cold also interfere with airbag deployment design.

McIntosh audio

2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept

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McIntosh is one of the premier names in high-end home audio systems. In this high-tech world, they still use vacuum tubes in their amplifiers to achieve their near-perfect sound. While there are no vacuum tubs in the Grand Wagoneer that we're aware of, the Grand Wagoneer is the first time that any vehicle has had a McIntosh branded setup.

Jeep incorporated McIntosh design elements into the infotainment as well, making it look and feel like a home setup in your car. This is the feature I'm most excited about with Grand Wagoneer and I really want to listen to it.

Grand Wagoneer is trying to push the brand deep into the luxury segment, and a partnership with McIntosh goes a long way to help. It might be wishful thinking, but it'd be a smart move for this to make production.

Third row

2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept

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The Grand Wagoneer Concept features a third row of seats – not uncommon for a full-size SUV – that should make production. While Jeep wouldn't confirm specifically wheelbase options, offering both a Wagoneer and a Grand Wagoneer implies that one will be bigger than the other. Expect top-spec trims to carry over the same premium experience as the second row.

Interior

2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept

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While there are specific areas that I talked about that should make production in the interior, still expect the premium materials to make the final version. Jeep's approach to luxury, based on this concept, is very similar to Lincoln in design and execution. By offering plush materials, good tech, and a design language that is more Detroit than Munich, Jeep has an opportunity to draw higher-end customers away from vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz GLS or BMW X7.

What Jeep should do

When the Grand Wagoneer goes on sale next year along with the Wagoneer, Jeep should just take the Grand Wagoneer concept and put it into production. As is. Make basically no changes.

This is one of the most attractive Jeeps ever made, inside and out, and provides a premium experience that rivals competitors at double the price. That is, assuming a fully loaded Grand Wagoneer exceeds $100,000.

How close will it stay to the concept? Only time will tell.

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The Grand Cherokee is now available with three rows.

Stellantis

The Grand Cherokee has always been the Jeep that could haul the family to the mall as easily as it could traverse serious off-road terrain. The design was starting to age, however, after ten years on the market without a major redesign. Jeep fixed that for the 2022 model year, and after a week behind the wheel, there are three things we think you should know about the new SUV.

It Comes in Two Formats

The three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee L debuted in 2021 as the first Grand Cherokee with more than two rows of seating. The standard Grand Cherokee followed it with many of the same features and upscale finishes, but in a more familiar two-row SUV format. The move to a two-body-style lineup for the Grand Cherokee does not mean there's less choice. The standard two-row model is offered in a staggering number of configurations, including a 4xe plug-in hybrid variant.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee The new Grand Cherokee ups the luxury considerably. Stellantis

It's Luxurious

Top Grand Cherokee trims have long been plusher and more luxurious than most people expect from a Jeep, and the new model takes things further down that road. Top trims feature luxurious materials such as quilted leathers and real wood trim, along with desirable and innovative electronics features. An optional passenger-side touchscreen offers climate controls and other functions to front-seat passengers, and Stellantis' UConnect infotainment software is among the easiest to use and most intuitive interfaces in the auto business.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee The Grand Cherokee can take its passengers far off the beaten path.Stellantis

It's Available with Three Strong Powertrains

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6. A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is available, and Jeep's excellent 4xe plug-in hybrid can be added to certain trims. The Wrangler was the first vehicle to use the system, which provides instant torque and excellent all-electric driving range. When the battery is depleted below a certain level, the vehicle then switches to operate as a normal hybrid.

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What was your best car-related experience this year?

Chris Teague

This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTS My SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTS The pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

Porsche Cayenne GTS I'm in danger, but thankfully this should be a reasonable fix.Chris Teague

A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

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