Sure, the Grand Cherokee is great, and you can get it with all kinds of high-zoot luxury options, but true opulence hasn’t been a part of the Jeep lineup for more than 20 years. Ever since the Jeep Grand Wagoneer died in 1991—after 29 years without a major redesign—Jeep hasn’t truly had a top-of-the-line luxury SUV.
Luckily, that will all change around 2019 or so, when Jeep adds both a Wagoneer and a Grand Wagoneer to the top of its lineup, above the Grand Cherokee.
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That’s the word from Jeep brand chief Mike Manley, who told Automotive News that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be built on the platform of the next-generation Grand Cherokee, but they’ll be more than just trim lines.
“The Wagoneer name represents, historically, the pinnacle of premium for the Jeep world,” Manley said. “But in the same way as you may have an Overland and a Summit, you have different trim levels. 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.”
An addendum to the Automotive News article clarifies that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be separate vehicles, rather than option packages added to the Grand Cherokee.
If you’re holding out for a return of the slab-sided woodie wagon, like the 1984 example shown above, maybe don’t hold your breath. But as far as legendary nameplates we would love to see make a comeback, the Wagoneer name is at the top of the list. And maybe we’d spec it with wood wallpaper, just for fun.
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