Name Your Price: Two Huge Jeeps, One of Them Topping Six Figures
It should come as no shock that the loftiest Jeep Grand Wagoneer will crest the six-figure mark; the automaker said as much when it announced its intention to resurrect the bygone range-topper. It’s not like Cadillac and Lincoln aren’t nudging that barrier (or breaking through it) already.
But getting into a full-size Jeep next year doesn’t have to carry such a high cost. On the same day it revealed its damn-near-production-ready Grand Wagoneer Concept, the automaker talked price.
A menu of trim and powerplant options will greet Grand Wagoneer buyers (alas, faux wood paneling is not expected to adorn any version of the model), but there’s also the Wagoneer to consider. Lesser in price and status but apparently just as large, the Wagoneer will start around $60,000, according to comments made by Jeep President Christian Meunier and reported by Car and Driver.
While much speculation surrounded the wheelbases of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, with many expecting the Wagoneer to be the shorter of the two, it seems that both models will offer two lengths. Wagoneer is simply the more downmarket of the two models. Long-wheelbase variants, at least when in Grand Wagoneer guise, should seat seven.
Jeep plans to field a plug-in hybrid variant of the loftiest nameplate, but it remains to be seen where it lands in the trim ladder. It could be the plug-in that tops $100,00, or perhaps some sort of Limited/Platinum-type trim will do that without the electrification. Jeep’s just ballparking it for now.
Starting production in the second quarter of 2021 and arriving at dealers sometime over the summer, the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer carry Ram 1500 bones underneath and independent suspensions front and rear. It isn’t known whether Fiat Chrysler’s new-generation EcoDiesel V6 will appear on the options list; if diesel uptake among GM’s new full-size SUVs proves healthy, its absence will be felt. Elsewhere, expect to find a 3.6-liter V6, 5.7-liter V8, and possibly even a 6.4L.
No one’s talking Hellcat Wagoneer just yet, but you know that one day the question will be put to FCA brass.
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