We recently reviewed the new 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer and walked away thoroughly impressed at what Jeep can do to run up against the luxury kings of body-on-frame SUVs. While reviewing the Grand Wagoneer we knew that Jeep would unleash a long-wheelbase version of the vehicle to compete with the Escalade ESV and Navigator L and they have properly done justice with an “L” version that adds 12 inches overall and about 7 inches to the wheelbase.
America loves their big SUVs, and they very well could be the very last to convert to electrification soon. However, until then, the new Jeep Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L take a new approach with the powertrain choice getting the all-new Hurricane engine, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six-cylinder paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The new Hurricane engine has two versions with the one in the Wagoneer L being the standard-output (S.O) making 420 horsepower and 468 lb-ft of torque. The high-output (H.O) version of the engine in the Grand Wagoneer L touts 510 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque.
Both “L” versions can tow up to 10,000 pounds and have slightly better fuel economy numbers than the 5.7-liter V8 and the 6.4-liter V8 in the normal wheelbase Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, respectfully. We’re talking about the S.O. Hurricane engine-equipped Wagoneer L rated at 19 mpg combined and the H.O. Grand Wagoneer L having 16 mpg combined. That’s about 1 mpg better overall.
There’s about 200 more pounds to carry around in the L versions over the normal wheelbase Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Also, the L versions get a larger fuel tank, an additional 4 gallons.
Where the long-wheelbase matters most is in the area of cargo room. The new L versions both get an extra 17 cubic feet of space behind the third row totaling 42 cubic feet, and then it can open to as much as 131 cubic feet with the second and third-row seats folded.
A new black-out Carbide appearance package is available for the new 2023 model year L variant and becomes available for the 2022 normal-wheelbase Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer this spring.
Jeep hasn’t announced pricing but has said the 2023 Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L will go on sale in the second half of this year.