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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 Nissan Re-Leaf is designed to help in disaster zones.

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When you need disaster relief, this Nissan Leaf is there for you, at least in theory. The Nissan Re-Leaf, an electric emergency response vehicle concept vehicle, takes the idea of portable electricity to a new level.

The Re-Leaf isn't just all-show. It's a working prototype that is designed to serve as a mobile power supply that can be used following natural disasters or extreme weather events. The Leaf was the world's first mass-market electric vehicle when it debuted a decade ago.

Natural disasters are the biggest cause of power outages. A 2019 World Bank report found natural shocks and climate change caused 37 percent of outages in Europe between 2000 and 2017, and 44 percent of outages in the US over the same period.

Nissan Re-Leaf

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Usually, when a disaster hits, the time for electricity supply to be restored is typically 24-48 hours if the damage is not too extensive. During that time, electric vehicles can provide mobile emergency power.

The Re-Leaf has a few modifications to make it disaster-ready. That starts at the exterior of the vehicle where weatherproof plug sockets mounted directly to the exterior enable 110- to 230-volt devices to be powered by the car's lithium-ion battery.

It is designed to drive into disaster zones and provide a mobile power supply. The integrated energy management system can run medical, communications, lighting and other life-supporting equipment.

The cars can also act as mobile storage batteries to supply homes with electricity during non-emergency situations by using the LEAF's bi-directional charging ability, a standard feature of the model since its introduction in 2010. This means the LEAF can not only 'pull' power to recharge the high-capacity battery, but also 'push' it back to the grid through V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid) technology, or directly to electronic devices through V2X (Vehicle-to-everything).

Acting as a portable power station, the latest generation Nissan LEAF e+ with a fully charged 62 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery can provide enough electricity to power the average UK household for around six days.

This concept may look futuristic but the future is already here. Nissan has used the Leaf to provide emergency power and transportation following natural disasters since 2011.

The Re-Leaf sports an amber color scheme, a nod to the ancient Greek word for amber – electron – the origin of the word 'electricity'. There's a roof-mounted LED light bar that flashes amber lights as well. Nissan has raised the car by 70 mm and given it a wider track and all-terrain tires on 17-inch wheels.

Inside, the rear seats have been removed and the floor levelled to provide storage for essential equipment. A custom bulk-head cage also separates the front seats from the cargo area.

A bespoke pull-out desk extends from the cargo area with a 32-inch LED screen and dedicated power supply creating an operational hub to run communications from and manage the recovery process.

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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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