Jeep’s current offerings are old but this is about to change. The FCA group announced their 5-year plan a while ago which also includes a few Jeep models. One of these is the 2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer which is expected to be released in the mid of 2018. So far not much is known about this model but it will not be what most people expected it to be. Instead, it seems that the car will be more similar to a luxury crossover than a seven seats Grand Cherokee. The FCA-Group’s CEO suggested that some of its competitors would be the Mercedes GLS and the Range Rover which are both a lot more premium than the Grand Cherokee.
A really impressive crossover?
In order to compete with cars like those, the Grand Wagoneer will definitely have to be unique. So far it seems that it just might. It is a well known fact that the FCA group is currently focusing on crossovers and SUV, so the Grand Wagoneer has a huge staff working on it. Even though there are plenty of things to be revealed about the car, it seems that the platform is not one of them. While most of us hoped for something completely new, the crossover might in fact receive an evolution of the Grand Cherokee platform. In its turn this is based on a 2002 Mercedes platform which is ancient at this point. This is a rather interesting decision considering how old it is.
This doesn’t mean that the 2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer will not be good. Even though the platform is old, it can be updated with the latest technology FCA has to offer. So far it seems that the highly luxurious Grand Wagoneer will be longer, wider and possibly taller than the Grand Cherokee. On top of that, despite sharing its platform, most of it will be all new. The car should offer an entirely new air suspension system that will allow for a much smoother driving experience. On top of that, an independent suspension is expected to be used even on the base model.
How it will look?
It is very unusual for a car like this to be kept under wraps for so long. There are usually quite a few leaks and even spy shots of camouflaged models. However, Chrysler is known for being quite sneaky with their development mules which has been confirmed with the Pacifica. The Grand Wagoneer is likely well under development and we should see our first glimpse in the early 2017. The design will very likely be an evolution of the current Grand Cherokee. An entirely new design scheme has been rumored but it is unlikely considering where the brand is going as a whole.
Under the hood of 2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
In order to be competitive, the 2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer will have to be powerful. So far it seems that it will start in the lower end of its class, so lower end engines might be offered. The base model could use a 3.6 liter V6 with as much as 335 horsepower. Further up the range the FCA Group can provide engines like the 3 liter twin-turbo V6 which is capable of well over 400 horsepower.
On top of that, a high performance version to rival the AMG GLS or the Range Rover SVR could be offered. This could use a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 with more than 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. Rear wheel drive will likely be offered only on the base model with all the others getting a standard all wheel drive system. In any case, an automatic gearbox, likely an eight or nine speed unit, should be used which will provide the comfort and speed needed for a car like this.