Report – FCA decides the Jeep Wagoneer should be just another trim image

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has decided to hit its fan base yet again (for example, bye bye Viper) and a new report is coming to reveal the eagerly-anticipated Jeep Grand Wagoneer seven-seat luxury SUV is not actually becoming a reality as we thought.

According to Jeep boss Mike Manley, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Wagoneer are “due after 2019.” And this could be postponed even more – just look at how long they needed to introduce the Alfa Romeo Giulia. But this isn’t even the bad news – that one comes in a seemingly evil subliminal way. In fact, it appears that the much hyped new Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Jeep Wagoneer “will be closer to luxury trim levels than wholly separate vehicles.” Ladies and gentlemen, FCA has done it again.

“The Wagoneer name represents, historically, the pinnacle of premium for the Jeep world. But in the same way as you may have an Overland and a Summit, you have different trim levels. So you could imagine the use of Wagoneer to denote a really premium vehicle, and Grand Wagoneer takes it to the very next level. If you were to use that as your naming strategy, that’s exactly how I would use the trims,” commented the executive. We don’t know about you, but all the fans and specialists were expecting a proper Range Rover competitor. If Manley doesn’t understand, let’s explain. People today consider the Jeep Grand Cherokee a rival for the Range Rover Sport – and they want a different vehicle – the Grand Wagoneer – to be the proper rival for the classic Range Rover. So, just go on and really make the Wagoneer – on the Grand Cherokee platform if you have to – but make it separate.

Via Automotive News