Look out Cadillac Escalade, there’s a new luxury family SUV on Chrysler’s horizon, with the reported return of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer sometime in 2014.
It the name sounds familiar, it should, at least to some with longish memories. The last Jeep Grand Wagoneer rolled off the assembly line in 1991.
According to our sister publication MotorAuthority, Chrysler began talking about bringing back the Jeep Grand Wagoneer as an upscale, seven-passenger SUV in early 2013. It was to share a platform with the then-unnamed Maserati SUV now called Kubang.
Based on a Jeep revitalization report slide published in Carscoop, however, that launch date has slipped to 2014. And both the Jeep Grand Wagoneer and the Maserati Kubang will share the same underpinnings as the mid-size Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.
What to expect
It’s still early in the game to know much about the new iteration of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. What we do know is that it will be the top echelon of the Jeep lineup, with luxury touches and seating for seven passengers, and will likely offer both the Pentastar V-6 and HEMI V-8 engine choices.
Jeep has grand plans for the Grand Wagoneer, all part of its push to achieve a goal of 800,000 Jeep sales in 2014. That’s a long way from the 400,000 units the brand sold in 2010, but the Jeep product lineup will undergo considerable changes in order to get there. This includes the addition of a new small SUV, perhaps the size of a Nissan Juke, one model to replace the Jeep Compass and Patriot, a Liberty replacement, and a redesigned Wrangler and Grand Cherokee.
There may be quite a bit of pent-up anticipation for the return of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. As TheCarConnection reports, buyers eagerly snap up clean, low-mileage used models of the old full-size SUV, paying upwards of $30,000 in the process.
And a new crown jewel in the Jeep lineup to entice family buyers looking for a little more luxury in a seven-passenger SUV is sure to add some excitement to the market as well.