For many adult Americans who live today, Jeep Grand Wagoneer is a romantic part of their childhood. For almost three decades, this luxury 4×4 vehicle had been serving American families and SUV lovers. Jeep Grand Wagoneer already becomes a versatile SUV even before the term SUV is conceived. This vehicle is believed to be one of the most popular luxury family vehicles especially due to its generous cabin space, powerful engine, and luxurious features. After more than 25 years of hiatus since 1991, Jeep Grand Wagoneer is about to be revived by Jeep. Following the marketing success of the latest model of Grand Cherokee, Jeep decides to release 2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer based on the Grand Cherokee design. For Americans who believe that Grand Wagoneer has given a specific color to their childhood memory, in 2018, they can expect that the revived SUV, which has already become a romantic part of their childhood, be also a romantic part of their adulthood.
2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Release; Rumor or Fact?
Rumors concerning the release of Jeep Grand Wagoneer 2018 have been around on the internet as well as in various printed media and car shows. The question that remains is whether the rumor is true or not. This question, unfortunately, has yet to have clear-cut answer. In some interviews, Jeep CEO Mike Manley has casually given a clue of Jeep’s plan to release the future luxury SUV. The release has also been stated in the FCA’s Business Plan Update 2014-2018 that is published on January 2016. However, despite the seemingly undisputable news about the release, Jeep Grand Wagoneer 2018 pictures have yet to be found everywhere. Given the fact that the planned release is still two years away, lack of official publication concerning the new model might be normal. However, anything can always happen during the two-year waiting period. Cancellation and discontinuation are not uncommon in the automobile world. So, until there is an official announcement concerning the release and until it is clear that Jeep announces Grand Wagoneer for 2018, what we can do is to hope that the SUV that has livened up our childhood memory can really return soon.
What Makes 2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Worth Pining for?
To find out why Jeep enthusiasts mostly passionately anticipate the coming of the new Grand Wagoneer, we need to take a look at both the past and the future. We need to recall all achievements that it had made throughout its golden era and we also need to reveal what Jeep has planned for the release of the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer 2018. By looking into the past history of this luxury SUV, we should be able to forecast what to be expected from the future model.
The Original Grand Wagoneer
There are several reasons why Jeep Grand Wagoneer successfully gains fame since its conception in 1963 up to the release of its final version in 1991. To start with, Jeep Grand Wagoneer is the first luxury SUV. When it first appeared on the market in the sixties, there was never before a 4×4 vehicle with high frame that featured luxury leather, thick carpet, state-of-the-art stereo system, air conditioner, and power-operated components, including doors, windows, seats, steering, brakes, and even tailgate glass. There was never before a wagon that runs smoothly and swiftly on highways and performs excellently on ranches and other off-road terrains. The vehicle’s V8 engine is considered a versatile engine that ensures optimal performance both on and off the road. All in all, Grand Wagoneer was simply an innovative vehicle that created a breakthrough.
Jeep Grand Wagoneer also amazes car lovers with its unique and exotic look. Its angular body that is typical of Jeep cars is always considered charming since it was first released up to today. The signature woody paneling that flanks its body is considered an exclusive visual element that makes this vehicle stand out. The look of its luxurious interior is another aesthetical element that makes this car highly desirable even today. The final edition of this luxury SUV is considered the most sought-after edition due to its low production number, which makes it the rarest Grand Wagoneer ever.
Grand Wagoneer Transformation into Grand Cherokee
So, what actually happened after 1991? Although the final edition of Grand Wagoneer was released in 1991, the special luxury model of Grand Cherokee that was released in 1993 actually also carried the name Grand Wagoneer. As 1993 is the year in which Grand Cherokee debuted in the Jeep lineup, the newly introduced model could be classified as the successor of Grand Wagoneer. It is worth mentioning though that design-wise, there were many differences between Grand Wagoneer and Grand Cherokee, the most significant of which was that the former used body-on-frame structure (with the exception of the special 1993 model) whereas the latter always used unibody chassis. The success of all generations of Grand Cherokee since 1993 up to today can be an inspiration behind Jeep’s decision to revive the legendary luxury SUV model as 2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
What We Can Expect from 2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
There are several aspects of this model that we like to explore here. First, given the fact that both Cherokee and Grand Cherokee still gain upper hand in the market, we would like to know where the new Grand Wagoneer’s place will be among other Jeep’s SUVs. Second, the old Grand Wagoneer offers some unique features that make them quite popular among fans. We would like to know which of those features that Jeep will keep and which ones that will be abandoned. Third, the decision to revive the old luxury SUV is undoubtedly connected to the situation and competition that are currently taking place on the automobile market. We would like to know how the new Grand Wagoneer model will stand on the market.
Specific details concerning the model, such as Jeep Grand Wagoneer 2018 price and specifications, might not be easy to predict at the present. So, apart from speculative predictions that we will try to guess, we might need to leave those details out of our current discussion.
2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer among Other Jeep’s SUVs
As Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SUVs are currently on the top, we definitely want to know how the new luxury SUV will compare with those models. Based on the tradition that we have known so far, Jeep Grand Wagoneer has always been Jeep’s largest SUV. Therefore, we can expect that at the time of its release, the new Grand Wagoneer will be a sizeable SUV with three rows of generous seating arrangement. Grand Wagoneer has also been Jeep’s most luxurious SUV, so we can also expect it to offer more luxurious features than those of Grand Cherokee. Due to its size and its luxurious features, we dare to predict that it will become the next Jeep’s SUV flagship. In terms of rank, Grand Wagoneer is expected to hold one rank above that of Grand Cherokee.
Although this model is expected to offer better features than those of Grand Cherokee, appearance-wise, Grand Wagoneer may not appear as modern as Grand Cherokee does. The classic and exotic look of Grand Wagoneer has always been considered one of its signature characteristics. Abandoning such feature will make it lose its soul. At the time of its release, we can expect that Jeep Grand Wagoneer will retain its unique angular design and possibly its woody planks. Most Grand Wagoneer fans will certainly love to see the return of 2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer woody.
2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Features
Many features sported by the old Grand Wagoneer, such as the woody flanks, angular body and luxurious interior, are indeed worth keeping. Grand Wagoneer fans mostly expect that those features will return when the new model arrives in 2018. Grand Wagoneer’s distinctive height, which offers better ground clearance, is also expected to return as the balance between its off-road and luxury features is something that makes Grand Wagoneer special. Fans undoubtedly expect the return of many features that make Grand Wagoneer remain the true Grand Wagoneer. These features are the ones we expect to see when the model is released in 2018.
Some features of the old model, however, might need to be abandoned. The most radical change that the new model might introduce is the chassis system. The old Grand Wagoneer is known to be a body-on-frame SUV. As this frame is considered outdated chassis construction that has been abandoned by most car makers. Body-on-frame chassis is known to be a heavy chassis that diminishes fuel economy as well as handling and cornering capabilities. Although there are still a handful of SUVs that use body-on-frame construction (even Jeep still uses it for its Wrangler models), the new Grand Wagoneer will definitely look and perform better with unibody construction. Besides, Jeep is painstakingly developing its own unibody system, which is called UniFrame, that is currently used by its Grand Cherokee models. This system reinforces the car’s body and chassis with high-strength steel and guarantees safe ride with solid safety cage protection system. We can expect that the new luxury SUV will also feature this unibody system.
2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer among Its Competitors
The circulating rumors actually mention that one of the reasons why Jeep decides to revive Grand Wagoneer is because Jeep needs an edge to deal with competition with the British car maker Land Rover. On the market, the expected rivals for the upcoming Grand Wagoneer model will thus include Land Rover’s celebrated SUVs, including Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover. The 2018 version of Jeep Grand Wagoneer is also expected to face stringent competition from other SUVs of the ultra-luxury class, such as Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon Denali XL. As one of the biggest makers of SUVs, Jeep will definitely not miss the chance to jump into such competition. By the time the new Grand Wagoneer is released, a big war of ultra-luxury SUVs is expected to commence.
2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Price and Specifications
Although we’d better leave the price and specifications of the new Grand Wagoneer out of our discussion before Jeep officially announces the release of this luxury SUV, by looking into some explanations above, we can actually get some clues of how the new luxury SUV will be priced and geared. As Grand Wagoneer is expected to be one rank higher than Grand Cherokee and a luxury SUV that has to compete with some of the most luxurious SUVs on earth, the 2018 version of Grand Wagoneer is expected to be the most expensive model released by Jeep. This fact should not be too surprising as we already know that even the old Grand Wagoneer is actually known to be the car of the privileged.
Appearance-wise, the new Grand Wagoneer is likely to combine the body of its old counterpart, Grand Cherokee’s body, and that of its competitors. When we take a look at the design of Land Rover Discovery, Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon Denali XL, we see some similarities there: they have spacious interior, long wheelbase, and body design that makes statement. We can imagine that Grand Wagoneer will likely follow the already prevailing design trend.
As for the vehicle’s performance, we definitely want to see a hemi under its hood. Grand Wagoneer has always been using V8 engine to boost its performance, so it is always acceptable for us to predict that a V8 Hemi engine, especially the Supercharged 6.2 L engine that is capable to push a whopping 707 hp, will be used in this model.
This is all the closest prediction that we can give for now. Many changes are expected to happen in the years to come and we still expect that Jeep can provide us with official Jeep Grand Wagoneer 2018 pictures as well as information about its price, release date and specifications as soon as possible. As Grand Wagoneer has already had a solid fan base, it will obviously be one of the most anticipated models that Jeep will release in 2018. Fans sincerely expect that the rumor will come true.
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