Exploring the All-New 2023 Jeep Wagoneer

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The station wagon-style jeep Wagoneer from the 1963 now turns into the epitome of modern luxury. The comfort, the safety, and the cargo, find what else the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer has to offer.

Overview of the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer

The Jeep Wagoneer is in its fourth generation that made its way to the market again after almost two decades. Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are essentially full-size SUVs that are manufactured by the Jeep division of Stellantis, North America. Its first ever model was marketed in 1963 till 1993. Its revival was marked by the concept version in September 2020 and was released in March 2021.

On revival, SUVs were marketed as “Wagoneer by Jeep”, but they didn’t show the Jeep badge on the Wagoneers. The sales of the fourth generation finally began in the second half of 2021 with the 2022 model.

However, this article will be about the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer, which is essentially the second model of the fourth generation. Stick to the end to learn more about this vehicle.

History

The Jeep Wagoneer was originally introduced in 1962, which also marked the inception of full-size SUV cars. This vehicle remained in production for almost three decades and served as a successor to the Willys Jeep Station Wagon. The architecture of the Jeep Wagoneer was very similar to that of the Gladiator pickup truck.

Then comes the second generation Wagoneer, which was started in 1983. It took the form of an upscale version of the compact XJ Cherokee. This unibody-based Wagoneer was meant to replace the SJ-body Wagoneer models. However, due to high demand, only the original SJ-body Wagoneer was kept in production along with the compact version.

The nameplate Wagoneer experienced a brief hiatus, and it was reintroduced as a 1993 model year within the Jeep ZJ platform, named the Grand Wagoneer. However, after the production of only 6,378 units, it was discontinued in 1994.

After a span of more than two decades, the Wagoneer made its entrance to the market again in 2021 with the 2022 model. It returns as a full-size SUV and full-size luxury SUV based on the Ram 1500 chassis.

Below is the summary of all the generations of Jeep Wagoneer.

GenerationYearsEnginesBody Class
First1963-19823.8L Inline-SixFull-size SUV
Second1983-19904.2L straight-six, 5.9L V8Compact SUV – unibody based
Third19934.2L Inline-Six, 5.9L V8, 5.9L V8 (Limited)Mid-size SUV
Fourth2022-present5.7L V8, 6.4L V8Full-size SUV, Full-size luxury SUV

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Jeep Wagoneer is typically equipped with a 3.0-liter inline six-engine that could produce a whopping 420 horses and 468 lb-ft torque, called the Hurricane Twin Turbo by the Jeep. There’s also a 5.7-liter V8 engine from the 2022 model, which is still offered in the base models while discontinued for the rest.

This engine comes with the only available gearbox, which is an eight-speed automatic transmission. This is capable of delivering power to the three 4WD systems and a standard right-wheel drive system. Those looking to get the off-road capabilities in their Jeep Wagoneer will need to get the four-wheel drive. RWD comes as a standard. With the Quadra-Trac I, you will be able to move torque to the wheels with better grip. Then there’s the Quadra-Trac II, which is able to send all the torque to one wheel.

Adjustable air suspension is another off-road feature that raises the vehicle and gives it additional ground clearance. Moreover, both its rear and all-wheel drive systems, models I don’t want to tow up to 10,000 lbs of weight.

Exterior 

Just like the Wagoneer’s interior proves comfortable and elegant, its exterior is made of high-quality material with top-notch fit and finish. Its outside reflects the ultimate modern design, but at the same time, it’s not devoid of its predecessors’ styling cues. The beautifully crafted wheels and the LED lights show how attention has been paid to details.

It has large doors, which are thoroughly appreciated, and the wheelbase shows about a 17.87 cm increase in proportions and an almost 12 cm increase in the rear overhang. Even this vehicle is generally oddly proportioned, which is reflected mostly in the Wagoneer L.

Other than that, its wheel size ranges from 18 to 22 inches. This certainly makes the vehicle look classy and confident. Moreover, the LED lights are not just for styling, they incorporate technical advancements as well that broadly illuminate the road.

Out of all, the lightweight body frame and high-end engineering of the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer are also praised by Express. It boasts a high-strength frame that is combined with an electronically controlled suspension. This together allows for a better and more comfortable handling to give an exceptional driving experience on the road.

Inside the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer

Step inside the cabin, and you will meet with the spacious interior, presenting 3 rows of seats that can accommodate up to 8 adult passengers. When you go for a second-row captain’s chair, you only get seating for seven. However, there are plenty of standard luxury features throughout the cabins, like 12-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, etc.

You get remarkable comfort levels with all these interior features. The front passenger is particularly enjoyed the most due to the sculpted and plush seats. To add more to the comfort, the interior mostly stays quiet even on the highways. Even more, maintaining a conversation with other passengers at the far end of the vehicle is quite easy on the roads.

Cargo space is most probably the outstanding feature that makes this car one-of-a-kind. You get either 775 liters or 1192 liters of cargo space, depending on the variant or the model. Folding the rear seats will leave you with additional space that can go up to 3304 litres or 3701 litres.

Ask for the entertainment; there is a big screen that actually dominates the gear. There is also a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster along with the 10.1-inch infotainment screen having Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, while there is a 10.3-inch lower display that is integrated into the dashboard and used for car controls. In the top-spec III Series, there is a 19 19-speaker premium McIntosh sound system. Furthermore, it includes a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, navigation features, and satellite radio capability.

2023 Jeep Wagoneer Trim LevelsPricing
Series I$63,595
Series I Premium$64,490
Series II$67,080
Series I Premium$70,575
Series II Carbide$70,775
Series III$73,220
Series III Premium$79,215

Driving Experience

The 2023 Jeep Wagoneer doesn’t fail to impress all due to its substantial presence and notable heft. It’s certainly the air suspension that makes the driving experience on Wagoneer different from the rest. Though this car has massive proportions, it still maintains comfort, luxury, and exceptional ride quality even on off-roads.

Behind the wheel, the Jeep Wagoneer handles admirably, with accurate steering, giving an enjoyable riding experience. It offers a generous ground clearance and low-range transfer case that anyone would want. You can expect a completely smooth acceleration with substantial fuel consumption with the 6.4-liter V8. 

Though the Quadra-Lift air suspension plays its role pretty well in absorbing road imperfections, still the occupants would suffer excessively bumpy rides.

Conclusion

The crux is that there is a huge gain in cargo space in the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer, but the rough-riding suspension doesn’t prevent the bouncy and bumpy rides, which is an absolute downer.

Still, this vehicle model comes out as a compelling choice in the large SUV segment mostly for its impressively huge cargo space. Positioned as a solid contender against rivals like the Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL, and Ford Expedition Max, the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer still outperforms its competitors in many aspects.

Pros

  • Spacious interior with three rows
  • Straightforward infotainment system
  • True luxury feels
  • Amazing off-road capabilities

Cons

  • Very expensive compared to rivals
  • Oddly proportioned

Automotive Journalist Verdict

Automotive journalists have thoroughly appreciated its off-road performance, safety features, and comfort. The plush and supportive seats, driver assistance features, and luxury Nappa leather-wrapped seats were emphasized the most by the experts. Overall, this vehicle got the attention it deserved.

FAQs

What is the towing capacity of the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer?

The 2023 Wagoneer has a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds.

What are the trim levels available for the Wagoneer?

The Jeep Wagoneer is available mainly in two trim levels, including Series II and Series III. As for the Grand Wagoneer, it is available in Series I, Series II, Obsidian, and Series III.

What are the updates in Wagoneer compared to previous models?

It extends to have a longer wheelbase L thus more cargo and passenger space. There is also a replacement of the previous engine with the twin-turbocharged inline-six-cylinder.

How is the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer compared to the Mercedes-Benz GLS?

Both of them are equally comfortable, but the Jeep Wagoneer outperforms the GLS in many ways.

Written by: Motorcardata

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