In October Jeep brand boss Mike Manley proclaimed the range-topping Jeep Grand Wagoneer model could cost up to $150,000. The full-size, body on frame SUV is going to be expensive – but perhaps not quite as much as Manley had initially expected.
Speaking to Autoblog on the floor of the 2107 Detroit auto show, Manley said the Wagoneer and larger Grand Wagoneer would compete in the $60,000 to $100,000 price range – putting them directly in the crosshairs of other luxurious body-on-frame SUV’s such as the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL.
Both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are expected to be built on the Ram 1500’s body-on-frame DS platform. Fiat Chrysler had originally planned to build the large three-row SUV on a modified version of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s ‘Giorgio’ platform, however that would have forced FCA to forego some all-important tow capacity in favor of more refinement.
Opting for the body-on-frame architecture also enables FCA to build the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer at its Warren Assembly Plant where it builds the Ram 1500. Both production capacity and cash are tight at FCA and choosing to build the vehicles its existing truck platform provides a solution to both of those obstacles.
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Wagoneer models will debut sometime in 2019 before going on sale for the 2020 model year.