It may have taken almost 30 years, but Jeep has finally gotten around to resurrecting one of the most iconic nameplates the brand has ever rolled out: The Wagoneer.
The all-new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer were unveiled this past weekend, showing off improvements and upgrades you would expect from an automotive revival nearly three decades in the making. This includes two new powertrains: the first, a 5.7-liter V8 engine with 392hp and 548Nm, and the second being a 6.4-liter V8 that churns out 471hp and 617Nm of torque.
Also injected into the model are a handful of modern suspension and driving capabilities. You can get a Wagoneer with either a Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system. The latter two options offer the brand’s Selec-Terrain driving management system, allowing owners to adjust the vehicle’s driving mode depending on the type of surface they’re tackling, while only Quadra-Drive II comes equipped with an electronic limited-slip differential.
It’s in the looks, though, where this revival truly stands out. Yeah, kind of a no-brainer considering the last Wagoneer was released way back in the ’90s, but what Jeep has done here in terms of aesthetics is impressive nonetheless.
The exterior exudes a contemporary vibe akin to Jeep’s other modern SUVs, but at the same time manages to capture the charm of older versions thanks to a relatively classic face that makes excellent use of shiny chrome trim. Large headlights flanking the company’s iconic seven-slot grille (with mesh detailing, by the way) give the vehicle a bold presence up front, while you can swap the standard 20-inch wheels with larger 22-inch ones if you’re aiming for a more dominating appearance.
Inside, you’re greeted by arguably the plushest cabin in the brand’s entire lineup. The Grand Wagoneer’s interior, in particular, is an excellent place to be in, thanks to a generous amount of sculpted wood trim and soft-touch materials. There’s a massive central touchscreen through which you can play around with entertainment and navigation features, and Jeep claims best-in-class space for both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, too.
It’s a shame our local streets are so tight and always jam-packed with traffic. If it wasn’t for this, perhaps we would see more offerings akin to the US market’s luxurious SUVs. Would you one day like to see vehicles like the Wagoneer introduced in the Philippines?
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