At 214.7 inches long, the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is due to take the crown as the largest standard-length full-size SUV. In fact, the Jeep bests the current champ, the Cadillac Escalade, by a full 4.7 inches. The only way to get a bigger full-size SUV is to opt for the long-wheelbase iteration of the Cadillac, as well as those of the Ford Expedition (dubbed Max), GMC Yukon (the XL), or Lincoln Navigator (L). The stubbiest of those longer rigs is still 7.2 inches longer than the Wagoneer. Will Jeep be able to keep up?
Yes. Jeep plans to introduce a long-wheelbase Wagoneer to properly compete with its crosstown rivals’ bigger siblings. And if the standard-length Wagoneer’s size is anything to go by, then the long-wheelbase Jeep is sure to overshadow even the biggest of these big SUVs, the 226.9-inch-long Cadillac Escalade ESV.
While Jeep kept mum on the topic of a long-wheelbase Wagoneer at the time of the production SUV’s unveiling, the brand previously acknowledged during the reveal of the Grand Wagoneer concept that it plans to produce the extra-long variant of the SUV once production of the standard-length model fully ramps up. We wager the even bigger Wagoneer may see the light of day as early as 2022 as a 2023 model.
Likewise, we expect Jeep to offer the Wagoneer family in plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid 4xe guise. Although the brand is officially keeping quiet on such a powertrain, Jeep head Christian Meunier shared with MotorTrend that the brand has a “plan for electrification” for the Wagoneer. Given the Grand Wagoneer concept relied on a plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain for motivation, it makes sense that such a setup will eventually find a home under the hood of the production Wagoneer.
What exactly powers a possible Wagoneer 4xe remains a mystery. It’s possible Jeep calls on the Wrangler 4xe’s 375-hp setup, which uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. That said, the brand might also forgo the Wrangler 4xe’s turbo-four for a larger V-6 gas engine in the Wagoneer 4xe so as to best or match the 392-hp rating of the Wagoneer’s standard 5.7-liter V-8 engine.
Regardless, we anticipate the Wagoneer (including the fancier Grand Wagoneer) to receive the 4xe treatment in the next couple of years—likely after the long-wheelbase model goes on sale.
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