2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Reveals Its Face
Jeep’s Range Rover competitor looks rich!by Mark McNabb, on
Jeep has a bright future ahead as it prepares to launch several new models, including the 2018 Wrangler and this, the 2019 Grand Wagoneer. This dark photo was taken by cell phone of a poster presented at a recent Jeep dealership meeting. The grainy shots show the Grand Wagoneer’s front and rear angles, giving us the first glimpse at Jeep’s upcoming range-topping model.
The front of the Grand Wagoneer carries a similar appearance to the current Grand Cherokee, but with a more chiseled face. The short yet wide grille is flanked by headlights with seven lighting elements, likely LED. That matches the iconic seven-slot grille for count. There appears to be an opening in the bumper just above the lower chrome fascia and tow hooks, likely to keep its powertrain’s temperatures in check. The fog lights carry a similar LED theme as the headlights.
Out back, the dual exhaust outlets match the tow hooks’ styling up front. The taillights also feature seven lighting elements. A large chrome piece encompasses the license plate area and flows beneath the taillights.
This is the first time we’ve seen any physical evidence of the Grand Wagoneer. Not even a test mule has been spotted. Jeep will likely debut the Grand Wagoneer for the 2019 model year and target customers buying Range Rovers. FCA boss Sergio Marchionne and Jeep boss Mike Manley have both made comments about the Grand Wagoneer costing somewhere around $130,000. This would certainly make it the most expensive Jeep ever built. By logic, it will also be the most luxurious. Expect it to come with the latest FCA has to offer in active safety and autonomous driving technology, along with a respectable pedigree for off-roading. Like the Range Rover, we expect this Jeep will have a full-time 4WD system.
Jeep is likely to offer multiple powertrain choices here, including the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, and hopefully the 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8. The ZF eight-speed automatic will probably still be FCA’s transmission of mass choice in 2019, so there’s that.
We expect to hear more in the coming year, so stay tuned to TopSpeed for more information.
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Why It Matters
SUVs sales are on fire these days and Jeep is no doubt trying to cash in. And while there are plenty of luxury SUV on the market, the Land Rover Range Rover represents the best competitive target for Jeep. Not only is the Range Rover very high-end, it has outstanding capabilities off road. Jeep definitely has its hands full with matching the Range Rover, but we’re excited to see it try. Let’s just hope FCA gamble on stable fuel prices pans out.
Read our full review on the upcoming 2017 Jeep Grand Wagoneer here.