As expected, the new models retain the traditional seven-slot grille and other hallmark Jeep attributes.
The JL Wrangler is expected to be seen in full some time in 2017 as a 2018 model and, to keep its unrivalled off-road ability, it will retain all the attributes that matter including a dual-range transfer case, body-on-frame chassis and live-locking axles front and rear.
New for the Wrangler range will be a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, as well as the traditional petrol V6 and a V6 diesel engine from VM Motori. An eight-speed automatic transmission is also slated for inclusion.
Body styles will include the familiar two- and four-door, soft/hard- top variants, as well as a new ute that is expected to be a double-cab model.
The Grand Wagoneer recalls a name plate from the past and applies it to what is expected to be a range-topping seven-seat wagon based on the Grand Cherokee platform. Jeep bossman Mike Manley has said in the past that the Grand Wagoneer will be a luxury SUV that will rival the likes of Ranger Rover and will have corresponding levels of luxury and equipment, as well as a matching price tag.
Expect that to be around $200,000 if the Grand Wagoneer is produced in right-hand-drive and makes it to Australia. Would Australians ever pay Range Rover money for a Jeep?
The current Grand Cherokee is built on a platform that it shares with the Mercedes-Benz GLE (formally ML-class). Benz’s GLS (GL-Class) is built on a stretched version of that platform. A Grand Wagoner would ride on a stretched Grand Cherokee in the same way the Mercedes-Benz siblings do. Whether that is on the current platform or an all new one is yet to be revealed.
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