Yes, yes, I know. This may look like a Ram, but we’ve had it on good authority for awhile that this is, in fact, a test mule for a new Jeep platform. Specifically, that of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which is expected to emerge in its actual production form sometime within the next year as a 2022 model. Thanks to Matt Luteran for sending us the photo, taken just outside FCA’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Even at this point, there’s not much we know with absolute certainty about the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. An earlier Mopar Insider report suggested the luxury SUV could reach beyond the $100,000 mark, making Jeep a true competitor to the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade. Currently, Fiat Chrysler does not have a vehicle competing in that segment.
More interestingly, perhaps, is what could be powering this Jeep Grand Wagoneer. In addition to using the same old engines we’re used to from FCA — the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and so on — this model could offer a gas-electric “4xe” hybrid version. Details about that are nebulous at the moment, but we should see a 4xe version of the Jeep Wrangler soon. From there, it will be easier to extrapolate performance and economy figures to the Grand Wagoneer.
More details (hopefully) soon
Beyond that possibly hybrid powertrain, word has it FCA will build the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer on the same platform as the Ram 1500. If that is the case, then it will differ architecturally from the upcoming, refreshed Grand Cherokee and its Dodge Durango cousin.
It’s anyone’s guess as to exactly when the Jeep Grand Wagoneer will show itself. By then, we should have a much better idea how FCA’s possible competitor to Ford and GM will shape up.