New Jeep Grand Wagoneer Could Be Happening Soon
It’s time to start planning sepia-toned excursions back to the mid-‘80s and grainy off-road treks to normally inaccessible beaches. Why? Because the premier vessel of retro four-wheeling – the Jeep Grand Wagoneer – is likely to make its triumphant return. And according to a recent Paris Motor Show interview with Australia’s Motoring.com.au, Jeep global boss Mike Manley hints that it may arrive sooner rather than later. RELATED: Stroll down memory lane with shots of the 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
“I’ve always talked about Grand Wagoneer and that for me is a big focus and it will fill out the Jeep brand at the top end.”
Manley believes that the full-size three-row SUV could help Jeep double its global sales volume by 2018, up from a projected one million vehicles in 2014.
“When I think about going from one million [units] to 1.9 million, I don’t think it’s easy – that would be wrong – but I think we have some very solid building blocks in place,” Manley told Motoring.
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That timeline suggests the new Grand Wagoneer could debut in mid- to late-2016 as a 2017 model year vehicle, or perhaps even sooner. As of yet, though, no concepts have broken cover and little is known about what we expect to be a large seven-passenger off-roader. But at least now we know it’s coming. Probably.
“Obviously I have intimate knowledge of what it is and I think that vehicle could very, very effectively compete with premium SUVs,” commented Manley.
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This new Grand Wagoneer would push Jeep’s global range further in a luxury direction, an important avenue considering that the world’s only other solely SUV brand, Land Rover, has made and continues to make inroads with the Range Rover Evoque, Sport, and all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport.
The old Grand Wagoneer’s retro styling and three-speed automatics won’t likely make the cut.
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