FCA Promises Sneak Peek of Grand Wagoneer at Dealer Meeting
August Las Vegas Meeting to Show New Premium Three-Row SUV
It’s been rumored for years and finally confirmed by FCA executives, but we still don’t have a clear production timeframe for the revived Jeep Grand Wagoneer. But the mystery surrounding the SUV brand’s flagship may be ending soon. Automotive News reports that the new range-topper for the brand will be showcased at the August dealer meeting in Las Vegas. Based on the show-to-showroom timeline for vehicles introduced at major auto shows, that could mean a fall 2016 introduction as a 2017 model.
Many expect the Grand Wagoneer to be the Range Rover-fighter that Marchionne says he wants. That means a price likely starting above $60,000 and going as high as $100,000 for top-trim models. Specifics on the platform are unknown, but it will likely be shared with the next-generation Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, although the latter’s long-term prospects are unknown with Dodge’s recent orientation toward street performance.
In terms of powertrains, we’re expecting a plug-in hybrid of some sort, a Hemi V-8 (possibly the 6.4L), and the 3.0L EcoDiesel. There’s also speculation that it could have more “heritage” inspired styling, with round headlights and a forward-canted grille reminiscent of the Jeep Gladiator model from the ’60s and ’70s.
Source: Automotive News