Jeep is ready to conquer the three-row SUV market. After redesigning the Grand Cherokee, the FCA is ready to introduce another model with a radiator grille to the same segment. This time, it is the full-size 2021 Jeep Wagoneer.
What do we know so far about this SUV? The company confirmed the development of the Wagoneer, which used to be quite popular in the US. We didn’t know much about it until the spy photos appeared. That was a sign the SUV is coming soon. We believe the Wagoneer is about to debut as 2021 YM since it is pretty late for the 2020 season.
According to further rumors, the full-size SUV will use V8 engines. FCA has a pair of these that perfectly suits the class. Sadly, the SRT edition is not a part of the Jeep’s lineup anymore. But, don’t worry, the performance edition model is Trackhawk.
Big Changes in the FCA
First of all, let’s check the situation in the company and the market. Jeep is one of the biggest players in the US market for a long time. But, the carmaker’s biggest model was Grand Cherokee – a mid-size SUV. Its biggest rivals, Ford and GM, had a clear path in the full-size segment. So, the FCA had a big reason to introduce the big rig. That will be the 2021 Jeep Wagoneer. That is not the only comeback since Jeep is now producing a pickup truck again, after 30 years.
Grand Cherokee was not the only mid-size SUV by the FCA. Dodge is also owned by the same carmaker, and Durango is one of the iconic models. However, it didn’t achieve such results as Jeep’s SUV. The company makes some radical cuts – Durango is becoming a truck-based model, with the body-on-frame platform. It leads to other changes, including the production move to the other powerplant. It leaves more space for Grand Cherokee and the 2021 Jeep Wagoneer, which will be assembled in the Jefferson North Assembly Plant.
2021 Jeep Wagoneer Spy Photos
It’s been a while since the carmaker announced the comeback of the old nameplate. Wagoneer, which turned to Grand Wagoneer after some while, was discontinued in 1991. After thirty years, the nameplate is going to be revived and slotted in the full-size SUV segment.
The highlight of the model was a wooden trim. We would like to see it back, but it is still unknown what does the FCA hides under the heavy camouflage. The prototypes of the 2021 Jeep Wagoneer are being tested on streets, but the latest images are already a couple of months old. Motor Trend even reports the SUV is due to 2022. Fans believe the debut could happen even earlier than most other experts think.
2021 Jeep Wagoneer vs Grand Wagoneer
Spy shots are not unveiling details, but we see a big SUV. That means the company is going to fulfill the promise and deliver a full-size model. Well, that is a vacant spot in the Jeep’s squad. Grand Cherokee is 192 inches long and the new 2021 Wagoneer will be at least 200 in. That is where the full-size class starts. But, that is not all.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is also a hot topic. The nameplate was used before. It replaced Wagoneer in 1984. This time, both SUVs will be available. Grand Wagoneer is an extended version of the standard model, probably adding 15 or even 20 inches of length. For example, you can find Ford Expedition and Expedition MAX models, while Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban are the same SUVs with different overall lengths. More space inside is an advantage, but the extra weight will harm the fuel economy and handling.
2021 Jeep Wagoneer Release Date
At this point, the new NAIAS 2020 looks like a perfect place for the debut of the 2021 Jeep Wagoneer. It is the biggest and the most important automotive event in North America. Jeep will have all the eyes on them, and the rivals in first lines. Plus, the new format will draw more spectators, especially those that want to see new models showing off outside. It was not possible for an old format when the Detroit Auto Show was held in January.
The new vehicle will cost at least $50,000. Well, you won’t find any competitive full-size SUV under this mark. Still, the Wagoneer is not going after the premium class, where it was back in the ’80s. Now, the SUV goes after Ford Expedition and Chevy Tahoe, which will offer similar prices.
Among changes the FCA brings is the discontinuation of the SRT model for Jeeps. Well, the only non-Dodge vehicle with such badge was Grand Cherokee. Now, all the performance models will carry the Trackhawk logo. Well, that doesn’t mean the 2021 Jeep Wagoneer is getting the Hellcat engine and 707 hp. Still, it is not impossible. The more likely option for the new Wagoneer Trackhawk is a 500-hp rated 6.4-liter V8 Hemi engine.