- we have our first glimpse of the production version of the jeep grand wagoneer.
- it looks similar to the concept shown last month, but with smaller wheels and fewer fanciful trim elements.
- the wagoneer and grand wagoneer are scheduled to go into production next summer.
jeep is hard at work preparing the new grand wagoneer for its arrival at dealerships next year, as proven by these spy photos of a prototype. compared with the concept version of the full-size suv that jeep showed in september, the production car looks nearly identical save for its smaller wheels and tires, more realistic lighting elements, and slightly less dramatic-looking grille.
while we can't quite make out the tire size in these photos, we're pretty sure that these wheels and tires are smaller than the gargantuan 24-inchers seen on the grand wagoneer concept. it's possible jeep will still offer some sort of huge wheel option for production, of course, but we reckon most wagoneers will have more reasonable 20-, 21-, and 22-inch wheels. the smaller rolling stock serves to accentuate the wagoneer's boxy, tall body, especially from the rear.
some of the details are different, too, such as the grille shape and the headlights. we don't see the fanciful teak accents seen inside the concept car's led headlight fixtures, and the taillights are a bit more subdued as well.
jeep will offer both wagoneer and grand wagoneer variants of its new full-size suv, with the latter expected to be more luxurious in terms of trim and features. they'll both ride on the ram 1500 pickup's body-on-frame architecture, with modifications including an independent rear suspension. three rows of seats will be standard across the board.
the concept version had a plug-in hybrid powertrain, but we expect jeep to offer conventional v-6 and v-8 gas engines as well, likely the 3.6-liter v-6 and 5.7-liter v-8 units found in the ram.
jeep has said that pricing will start at around $60,000 and range up to over $100,000 for a fully loaded grand wagoneer. we should find out more about the production suvs early next year, as they're scheduled to start production in mid-2021 before going on sale shortly thereafter.