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Wagoneer, Grand, and Cherokee

by David Zatz on

The Dodge Durango has now become well established as the long-wheelbase, high-trim Jeep Grand Cherokee; other than being longer, the Durango has a street-focused suspension. But the Grand Wagoneer is reportedly coming to join or replace the Durango.

1965 Jeep Wagoneer

What of the recently noted Jeep Wagoneer, which is apparently to arrive alongside the Grand Wagoneer? There are two possibilities.

The most obvious is that the Wagoneer may simply replace or supplement the high-end Grand Cherokee Summit and Overland, while the Grand Wagoneer sits atop the Durango range, but uses the off-road-targeted Grand Cherokee suspension design. That would allow the Durango to continue, since it’s achieved some success and buyer loyalty.

It’s also possible that the Wagoneer (not Grand Wagoneer) could sit on the new rear wheel drive platform and architecture rumored to be the basis of the next Dodge Journey. That might make it more unique, and pave the way for a medium-sized Jeep about the size of the Cherokee, sold only in a few markets (like the US) — and enabled by a worldwide jeep Wagoneer and Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The more likely option is launching the extended-length “K8” Jeep Cherokee, now intended only for China, as the Jeep Wagoneer. A high-trim model with all the luxury goodies, it would sit with a Grand Cherokee-based Grand Wagoneer. Cherokee and Grand Cherokee; Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. It’s been done before.

Time will tell. In any case, we’ve been told that the Wagoneer series has been pushed back, regardless.

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