Inside the Ram 1500 (DT) based Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer…

By Robert S. Miller

Yesterday, we talked about how the upcoming 2020 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer (WS) models will be based on the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 (DT) architecture. However, today we are going to talk about what to expect on the new full-size body-on-frame SUVs from Jeep.

Jeep Wagoneer
2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer? (Photo by Real Fast Fotography)

First off, our inside sources have told us that unlike the rumors on the internet of the Grand Wagoneer being a luxury trim on the new Wagoneer; there will be two models. Wagoneer will be a shorter wheelbase SUV, while Grand Wagoneer will have a longer wheelbase. The new Jeep twins will be similar to the current Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, Ford Expedition and Expedition Max as well as the Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L full-size SUVs, offering two wheelbases.

Jeep Grand Wagoneer
2019 Ram 1500 – High-Strength-Steel Frame FCA Photo

Our sources have told us that the new Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer (WS) models that the new SUVs will get a lot of the new technology that debuted in the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 (DT) pickup. Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer will get a modified version of the Ram 1500 air suspension as well as rear coils. We expect the frame to be made of the same high strength steel that the new Ram 1500 is being made of as well. The frame will also feature new electronically controlled side-frame-mounted active tuned-mass modules (ATMM). This will help reduce sounds inside the SUV.

2019 Ram 1500 engines
2019 Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi eTorque FCA photo

As for powertrains, we are being told that four (yes, four…) powertrains will be available in the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer lineup. Two of which will be the new eTorque mild hybrid systems on the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and 5.7L HEMI V8, they debuted with the 2019 Ram 1500 (DT) models. We will fill you in as we learn more about the other two powertrain options, in the near future. FCA US’ solid lineup of 8-speed automatics will round out the powertrain lineup.

Jeep Wagoneer
Ram 1500 (DT) electronic locking differential (FCA US Photo)

Of course, the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer (WS) models will be rugged off-roaders. They will feature the Ram 1500 (DT) pickup’s four corner air suspension for adding ground clearance on those though trails and electronic locking rear differential. These SUVs will also get heavy duty skid plating and electronic aides like hill-descent control to conquer what ever terrain is thrown at them as they will carry the Jeep “Trail Rated” badges on their fenders.


Jeep Wagoneer
2019 Ram 1500 – Uconnect 4C with 12-inch Screen with 360 Degree Camera FCA photo

While not much is really known about the interior, we do know it will get the latest Uconnect 4.0 systems that were shown in the 2019 Ram 1500 (DT). This includes the massive 12.1” Uconnect touchscreen, which will be optional. We are hearing that an 8.4” Uconnect screen is standard. We do know it will get a power liftgate, that will be motion activated under the rear bumper, 360-degree camera system, as well as an optional Uconnect Theater package similar to the one found in the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Expect the standard features you have come accustomed to in the rest of the FCA US lineup as well, such as LaneSense Lane Departure Warning, ParkSense park assist with reverse stop, rear cross path detection and forward collision warning.

As more information drops about the Ram 1500 based Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer, we will be the first to tell you. So check back often for details.

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