Jeep Unveils Long-Wheelbase Wagoneer Family, More Efficient Engine at NYIAS

Jeep made a splash at the 2022 New York International Auto Show announcing the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer L, 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L, the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer L Carbide and a new series of twin-turbo engines to power them.

By affixing an L to the name, the company is extending both car’s wheelbases and beefing up the luxury appointments that already defined the SUVs.

In a press release, senior vice president and head of Jeep Brand North America Jim Morrison said that the new options offer customers a better powertrain, more passenger and cargo space and more towing capacity.

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“The all-new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are off to a great start, and we’re always striving to give customers even more of what they want,” Morrison said.

The prominent change in the exterior look of the Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L is the extended wheelbases. A total of 12 inches in length has been added to the models, which increases the wheelbase by 7 inches.

Overall, the SUVs are now 226.7 inches in length and have a wheelbase of 130 inches. That puts them right in line with competition from GM and Ford, who each have both standard and luxury entries in the same space in the Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition, Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.

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The biggest change to the Wagoneer’s design comes with the introduction of the Wagoneer Carbide version, which sports a design that’s blacked out in three different shades.

The front and rear fascia, as well as the door flares are Diamond Black. The wheels, grille texture, roof rack, headlamp, mirror and sill claddings are Gloss Black. The grille rings are Black Onyx.

New engines for the Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L are slightly more efficient than the V8 engines that underpin the standard versions.

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The new “Hurricane” engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six that’s combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission. In the Wagoneer L it makes 420 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of torque; in the Grand Wagoneer L it delivers 510 hp and 500 pound-feet of torque. Mechanically the two are similar, but there are differences in the cooling, fuel-injection system and elsewhere.

Three different 4×4 systems, the Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II, afford the Jeep Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L with increasing capability of controlling your drive. Quadra-Lift air suspension and a Selec-Terrain traction management system are both optional.

Inside the cabin, the Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L offer various qualities of leather that get more refined as buyers climb the trim lines. The company notes that the longer wheelbase makes for a much easier time climbing into the third row.

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From a tech point of view, there isn’t much deviation from the standard models. Jeep’s Uconnect 5 infotainment interface is unchanged, offering navigation and entertainment controls from either a 10.1 inch or a 12-inch touchscreen display. A 10.25-inch passenger screen is also standard.

The Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L both offer a head-up display that can be configured in simple, standard, custom and advanced settings and seen through the windshield without looking away from the road.

A rear seat monitoring camera is available on the Grand Wagoneer L for a view of the cabin with zoom-in functionality on each seat. Upper- and lower-zone interior mood lighting is available in white, blue, aqua, gold and amber.

Both SUVs come with a lot of standard safety features, including blind spot monitoring, active lane management and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection.

Optional safety tech includes active driving assist, drowsy driver detection and traffic sign recognition.

Pricing and release details have yet to be announced but the regular-wheelbase 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer start at $58,995 and $88,640, respectively. The L models will be gunning for the potential buyers who might lean towards the 2023 Cadillac Escalade ESV, which starts at $109,740, or the 2022 Lincoln Navigator Black Label ($104,590).