MotorTrend Imagines the Future 2023 Jeep Wagoneer Trailhawk

The auto world is getting hit by nostalgia, and many models that got the boot are now being brought back from the grave, better than ever. Originally produced from 1963-1993, the Jeep Wagoneer is making a comeback, and critics are already raving. MotorTrend is already dreaming of a Trailhawk version, but is that reality, or just a great idea that hasn’t come to fruition yet?

Meet the new Jeep Wagoneer

The Jeep Wagoneer and model lettering above the grille with a red paint color option
The Jeep Wagoneer model and lettering | FCA US LLC.

While 2021 has been rough, one good thing has come out of it. Jeep announced that the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer would soon be released. It’s a three-row SUV that can sit up to 8 people, which is very attractive for growing families.  

Jeep has also decided to step into the luxury end of the auto pool with the Grand Wagoneer for those who want something a little more upscale. Like the Grand Cherokee, it goes the extra mile to make drivers and passengers feel spoiled. It costs more, of course, but that’s the price you pay for a luxury vehicle.

Either way, both versions of the Jeep Wagoneer are getting rave reviews and have critics taking notice. Jeep has decided to take things to the next level while it has such good press and plans to make the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer even better than the 2022 model.

A Jeep Wagoneer Trailhawk?

The main problem with the Wagoneer, for the most part, is that it’s not trail rated. This doesn’t mean you can’t take it for a spin off-road because you can. In fact, it does quite well off-road, according to MotorTrend. However, the review site hopes Jeep will take the Wagoneer to the next level with a Trailhawk version.

MotorTrend reports, “An off-road variant of Jeep’s largest offering would be based on the more mainstream Wagoneer and not the ultra-luxurious Grand Wagoneer. Following the strategy of Jeep’s existing Trailhawk lineup, we expect enhancements to the base vehicle’s capabilities and hardware: more aggressive tires on the Wagoneer’s 18-inch wheels and more robust underbody protection, along with some sort of rock rail/step combination to protect the rockers.”

This is all supposition, of course. Jeep hasn’t officially announced a Trailhawk version of the Wagoneer. We’re not even sure it will be known as the Trailhawk if it should happen since the Wagoneer doesn’t technically wear the Jeep badge. There are a few things we know for certain.

Just the facts on the Wagoneer

MotorTrend reports it has it on good authority that Jeep lovers will soon be treated to a long-wheelbase version. For those who dream of a greener world, there will also be a PHEV version. It may not be fully electric, but some people prefer hybrids since you aren’t completely reliant on finding an electric charging station while on a road trip.

The 2022 model will offer an adjustable air suspension, 18-inch wheels, skid plates, tow hooks, and a traction management system. The Wagoneer comes with a 5.7-liter V-8, while the Grand Wagoneer has a 6.4-liter. The ride is fairly nice on both models, and MotorTrend even states that the Wagoneer drives more like a crossover than a full-sized SUV.

The 2022 model of the Wagoneer will have a base price of $59,995. The 2023 model will cost a little more, starting at $69,995, so it’s far out of the price range for most consumers. Even so, there are doubtless former Wagoneer fans who will try their best to purchase one, even if they have to wait to buy one used. 

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