Back in June, TFLtruck reader Kevin sent us some curious-looking pictures of this Ram-bodied prototypes roaming the streets in Los Angeles. At the time, we hypothesized it could, simply perhaps, be a Ram Dakota model. Nevertheless, after additional investigation, we concluded this could be a likely offender for the 2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. While there’s a Ram body on top, we’re positive Jeep’s forthcoming three-row SUV is lurking underneath.
What’s fascinating here is what Jose identified in Las Vegas, Nevada. This 2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer model is hauling a large trailer. That is another trademark that pegs this as a powertrain test mule. After all, a full-size Grand Wagoneer would require to tow to complete against the similarity the Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon/Cadillac Escalade, the Lincoln Navigator, Infiniti QX80 and Lexus LX 570, to name a few.
Besides the fact that it’s towing a trailer, nevertheless, there’s very little more we can see at this point. This time around, we can explain the six-lug wheels. That implies more rugged capability than Jeep’s other SUVs, including what we’ve seen of the new Grand Cherokee and something that’s implied for more strenuous work. That said, precisely what is powering this test mule stays a mystery. Chances are, thinking about just how much the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are likely to cost, we’ll see a Hemi V8 somewhere in the lineup. Because this test mule is around the same size as a Ram 1500, it makes sense for FCA to utilize Ram’s powertrain too. A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 might be found in as a base engine, given that it’s in practically every larger Ram and Jeep vehicle.
When is the Jeep Grand Wagoneer Coming?
FCA will construct the 2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Wagoneer at its Warren, Michigan plant. The company will build the SUVs along with the Ram 1500. The company is investing heavily in the Detroit-area plants and approximately $1.5 billion into producing these new models.
As for prices, it’s anybody’s guess today. Although, reports recommend the 2021 Jeep Grand Wagoneer might go well into the six-figure range. That’s a terrible lot of money for a Jeep– remember your jaw hitting the floor when you first saw the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s $86,900-and-up price? Well, mine did anyway. As it stands, we’ll have to wait and see precisely what Jeep has in store for the 2 Wagoneer brother or sisters and whether they are worth the wait.