Jeep’s plan to fully electrify its U.S. portfolio by 2025 will lead to the launch of a Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4xe, Christian Meunier, the CEO of the Stellantis-owned global sport utility brand, revealed at 2022 Jeep 4xe Day on September 8, 2022. The regular Wagoneer, too, will get a 4xe variant, Meunier said at the 2022 Detroit Auto Show on September 14, 2022.
Jeep will use special blue design cues to give the Grand Wagoneer 4xe a distinctive styling. Teasers have revealed blue tow hooks and a blue “e” on the charge port cover, and we expect a “4xe” badge with the “e” in blue on the tailgate as well. The charge port cover will located be on the left front fender, which would make nose-in parking at charging locations convenient. The company won’t overdo the badges and accents, as that could impact the model’s sophisticated character.
Specifications of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4xe aren’t out yet. In fact, Jeep hasn’t even explicitly confirmed whether the Grand Wagoneer 4xe is a PHEV or an EV. However, Jim Morrison, the head of the brand in North America, indicated that it’ll be a PHEV, which makes more sense.
“With an estimated combined range of over 500 miles, this vehicle is being designed to drive you the distance from New York (City), New York, to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with only one initial charge,” Morrison said while giving a sneak-peek at the exterior of the Grand Wagoneer 4xe. The word “combined” is of significance here, which confirms he was talking about a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, not a pure electric powertrain.
Meunier said at the 2022 Jeep 4xe day that the Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4xe will arrive in U.S. showrooms in 2024. This means that it could debut in the second half of 2023, with order books opening shortly after.
The Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer are among the most expensive models in the current Jeep range. The former costs USD 58,995 in the base configuration, and the latter retails at USD 88,640 onwards (USD 20,800 more expensive than the base Cadillac Escalade which costs USD 79,795). The base Grand Wagoneer PHEV may cost anywhere between USD 95,000 and 99,000. The closest competitor will be Range Rover P440e, which costs USD 108,400.
Jeep Grand Wagoneer sales
In Q4 2021, Jeep sold 7,892 units of the Wagoneer twins in the U.S., with 5,307 units coming from the Wagoneer and 2,585 units from the Grand Wagoneer. This was the first full quarter of sales for the all-new Wagoneer family. The Grand Wagoneer ended 2021 with 2,675 units sold, while the less expensive Wagoneer recorded nearly double that figure for the year – 5,349 units. In the first half of 2022, Jeep sold 17,275 units of the Wagoneer and 7,101 units of the Grand Wagoneer.
Knowing American customers love its plug-in hybrid technology, Jeep will expand its application to more models. The Grand Wagoneer comes loaded with luxury features, but on the powertrain front but settles for mild-hybrid technology. Introducing a plug-in hybrid system on the full-size SUV would increase eco-friendliness, passenger comfort, and make it cheap to run in urban conditions. For customers who intend to take it off the beaten path, 4xe technology would enable silent and more capable off-roading, without range anxiety. Further electrifying the bulkiest Jeep in the product range would ensure it remains compliant with emission norms when they get stricter in the future.
Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4xe FAQs
What is the Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4xe release date?
The Grand Wagoneer 4xe will arrive in the U.S. in 2024.
Which models will be the Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4xe rivals?
The Grand Wagoneer 4xe will rival the Range Rover P440e.
What will be the Grand Wagoneer 4xe price?
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4xe’s prices could start between USD 95,000 and 99,000.
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