2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Will Not Be A Grand Cherokee Trim
The new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will not be released as luxury trims for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee instead of being released as their own separate models. This change was hinted at by Mike Manley, head of the Jeep brand, when he did and interview with Automotive News earlier this week but a recent editor’s note to the article cleared up this misconception.
Historically, the Wagoneer name was used for the “pinnacle of premium” for Jeeps and we had thought that this would warrant the nameplate its own standalone models but, Manley goes on to compare it to the Summit and Overland trim lines. Both are currently available as trims of the 2016 Grand Cherokee.
Also of note is the fact that the Grand Wagoneer was expected to be a more luxurious variant of the Wagoneer and both of them will be sharing a platform with the next gen Grand Cherokee. This does lend credence to Manley’s conclusion: “so you could imagine the use of Wagoneer to denote a really premium vehicle, and Grand Wagoneer takes it to the very next level. If you were to use that as your naming strategy, that’s exactly how I would use the trims.”
With these pieces of information, it was easy for people to come to the conclusion that the Wagoneer will be a trim instead of a standalone model but this is not the case.
What is for certain is that the models will be built FCA's Warren Truck Assembly plant and the release date has been pushed back to 2019 instead of the promised launch in 2018.
This helps to make sense of the situation since I never took that whole trim talk seriously since anyone looking at how the current SUV market is, can tell that there's room for a Wagoneer, the segment it fits in is still an emerging segment that other brands are investing into, and that says a lot, it isn't just one company but many others.