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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 Acura Integra is coming back in 2022

This is all we know about the new Integra's styling.

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Secrets are hard to keep these days. It seems like new products always end up being leaked by one of the hundreds of people involved in the development process, to the point that even the most secretive companies have a hard time unveiling a product that people don't already know about. That wasn't the case this week, though. After announcing the final version of its NSX supercar at Monterey Car Week, Acura took to the skies with an impressive drone show that eventually spelled out a message no one expected to see: The Integra is coming back in 2022.



The original car launched in 1986, and its legend grew over time. After accumulating dozens of awards and spawning an entire industry around customizing and enhancing the Integra, Honda and Acura discontinued the car in 2001. We saw a successor to the crown in the Acura RSX for a few short years afterward, but it's been 15 years since a small, tossable sports car has graced the Acura catalog. Granted, Honda has been on a tear with the Civic Si and Civic Type-R, but there has been a hole in the Acura lineup for some time now.


Acura Integra The original Integra is the stuff of legend.Acura


Waiting is the hardest part, as they say. Other than the gorgeous drone display and tantalizingly mysterious teaser photo, we know nothing, which is a difficult spot to be as a car enthusiast. There are a few details, though. The car will return in 2022 as a "compact premium entrant," according to the press release. Company VP and Acura Brand Officer Jon Ikeda also said that the car is "returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way – design, performance and the overall driving experience."

Given parent company Honda's success with performance versions of the Civic, we're optimistic that the 2022 Integra will put its compact dimensions to good use on the road and on the track. We'll have to be patient, though, because official details won't become available until closer to the car's introduction in 2022.


2022 Acura Integra Acura shared the new Integra's logo.Acura

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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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