Jeep Grand WagoneerEnlarge Photo
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] confirmed in its five-year strategy announcement made in May 2014 that it will launch a new SUV using the Wagoneer name by 2018.
We’ve since learned that Jeep is planning both a Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer to help claw back SUV sales lost to luxury brands.
Jeep’s future lineup was teased in a presentation slide made during a recent dealer meeting. Some photos of the slide, obtained by Automotive News (subscription required), reveal never-before-seen details about two key models, the new Wrangler and Grand Wagoneer.
While the design of the Wrangler is pretty much unchanged from the current model, the Grand Wagoneer shows a completely new design for the Jeep brand. The vehicle looks to be substantially taller and wider than the Grand Cherokee, a version of which sits next to the Grand Wagoneer in the slide.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Ultimate spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-MedienEnlarge Photo
A widened version of Jeep’s familiar seven-slot grille is found at the front of the Grand Wagonner and is flanked by LED headlights that each contain seven individual light clusters. A similar design is used for the taillights.
The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are expected to utilize a stretched version of the next-generation Grand Cherokee’s platform and arrive on the market in 2018, meaning we’ll most likely see them arrive as 2019 models. Both will be three-row SUVs, while the Grand Wagoneer will be particularly plush, with Jeep CEO Mike Manley stating that some versions could nudge the $140,000 mark.
The new Wrangler, meanwhile, will arrive in 2017, as a 2018 model.
Stay tuned for an update.