Full interior gallery at the end of this post.
Jeep finally did it, officially debuting the reimagined Grand Wagoneer, resurrecting the brand’s iconic premium SUV that took off back in 1984. This 2022 model is only a concept with full production beginning in Detroit sometime in 2021, but from the looks of it — both inside and out — the new 4×4 hauler looks like the real deal and what you can expect when it hits dealer showrooms. Pricing hasn’t been announced.
Few key takeaways include an electrified powertrain paired to a 4×4 off-road system, plus a first-ever passenger screen in an SUV. Nice.
New Grand Wagoneer interior throws back to the iconic original
The entire premise behind the Grand Wagoneer is “American Premium” — and this all really starts with the SUV’s interior cabin and available technology for families today who won’t settle for anything less than massive touchscreens, countless speakers, and enough interior USB ports to power a small village. But that’s the world we live in now and Jeep is here to the rescue.
Seating up to 7 passengers, the new model will include front- and second-row captain’s chairs paired to a third row which never existed in the original. To set the mood, customizable ambient lighting is also in the mix for what Jeep claims offers “a liberating feeling of tranquility for everyone on board.”
Battle of the Grand Wagoneer Interiors: 1984 vs 2022
Paying homage to the 1980’s original, the new interior finds large glass windows offering a wide open view to the world outside. This may sound trivial today, but the idea then and now is to enhance the travel experience — and this COVID-19 lockdown environment we’re in, premium road travel has its perks.
The characteristic two-spoke steering wheel also makes its way into the 2022 model, along with the EST. 1963 inscription (the first model year of the original Wagoneer, not Grand Wagoneer from the mid-eighties) along the outer edge of the instrument panel.
You can’t have an upscale family hauler without premium materials; running along the length of the instrument panel is a floating onyx glass mid-bolster. This onyx glass is a sustainable, fully recyclable material chosen as the key material for creating the door speakers, shift knob and vent surroundings. From the pictures, the entire looks is opulent, bold, and well-designed with a spacious feel throughout.
The woody look heads inside
The wood-clad exterior is perhaps the Grand Wagoneer’s most memorable idiosyncrasies, but for 2022, the vast amount of genuine heat-treated lacewood heads inside — with a new, more stylish look, of course.
Lacewood is found throughout the interior including across the instrument panel and the front doors, in a 3D inlay fashion; passengers will find the “Grand Wagoneer” inscribed in raw aluminum front and centre, in case they had mistaken this large SUV for the popular Grand Cherokee.
Full suede headliner made of recyclable premium microfiber suede, high-quality carpets, and the seating, console, door and instrument panel surfaces all upholstered with a sustainable synthetic material round out the Grand Wagoneer Concept’s interior.
More touchscreens, please
Consumers who love plenty of touchscreens will appreciate Jeep’s new premium family machine offering close to a whopping 45 inches of total screen spanning the length of the instrument panel.
This includes a 12.1-inch horizontal touchscreen sitting above on the centre console paired to a 10.25-inch horizontal comfort display touchscreen right below. Behind the steering wheel is another 12.3-inch driver information display.
But wait, there’s more. The passenger upfront also gets their own 10.25-inch screen with dynamic touchscreen controls. Rear passengers (i.e. the kids) will enjoy 30 inches of total screen space with a 10.1-inch comfort display screen nestled on the centre console sitting between the two captain’s chairs.
Powering all this FCA’s updated, Android-based Uconnect 5 system which has been completely revamped and now five times speedier than before. Overall, it’s designed to be more intuitive with more personalization options and better user experience across the board.
23-speaker sound system by McIntosh
Know best for their premium home audio system, American luxury brand McIntosh is diving into the automotive world — for the first time — providing the 2022 Grand Wagoneer with a 23 custom-designed speaker system connected to a 24-channel amplifier, all with a sleek aluminum and gloss black look.
There you have it, a quick look at the Jeep’s new premium SUV interior based on this concept version. But again, from the looks of it, we believe the production model won’t veer far off this pre-production version. Everything inside should be as you see it — from the lacewood materials and spacious cabin to the 23-speaker audio system and plethora of touchscreens.