Back in the early 1960s, Jeep introduced the world to the Wagoneer nameplate, which – as the name implied – was first stuck to the back of a station wagon. The Wagoneer had a solid two-decade run that included two generations of design. Then, in 1993, the Wagoneer reappeared for one short year, but was discontinued when the market spoke loud and clear that the Grand Cherokee was number one.
But true to its past, the Wagoneer is not going down without a fight. The Wagoneer – now in its fourth generation – is back and better than ever. As the new flagship Jeep model, there are plenty of features that set the new SUV apart, including its focus on luxury, rather than ruggedness like the other SUVs in the Jeep stable. But one of the questions we often get surround the differences between the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer, two similar yet distinctly different versions of the premium utility vehicle.
The most noticeable difference between the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer comes down to its look and feel. The word “Grand” is meant to imply more premium features, and you’ll find a few more upscale additions to the Grand Wagoneer, including more chrome, a black roof, sleeker-looking LED lighting accents and more prominent fender flares to name just a few. Power-retractable running boards are standard on the Grand Wagoneer as well, for easier access to the expansive, full-size cabin.
On the outside, the standard wheel size of the Wagoneer is 18 inches, whereas 20-inch wheels are the lowest the Grand Wagoneer goes. Both wagons do offer up larger 22-inch wheel options that are best suited for the larger size of the body. There are plenty of exterior color options, but the list is slightly longer for the Grand variety of the Wagoneer, which offers three exclusive colors that include Midnight Sky Blue, Rocky Mountain Green and Ember Pearl. A blacked-out version is available for the Wagoneer.
Both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer come with a powerful V8 engine at the entry level, though the capacities do differ. In the Wagoneer, it’s a 392-horsepower 5.7-liter and in the Grand, it’s a 471-horse 6.4-liter that comes as standard equipment. It is worth noting that both also offer six-cylinder options, and there too, the Grand Wagoneer comes in with more power. While the V6 of the Wagoneer gets up to 420 horsepower, the V6 of the Grand Wagoneer clocks in with an astounding 510 horsepower.
To fully experience the differences between the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, we invite you to visit us at the Glenn Polk Auto Jeep showroom in Gainesville, Texas. With a large selection of Jeep SUVs available, we can get you inside and behind the wheel of these flagship SUVs to help you better understand what sets them apart, and to determine which of the vehicles is best suited for you and your needs. Visit our inventory to see what we currently have in stock and pay us a visit to get started today.