Editor’s Note: A previous version of the story implied that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer being developed by Jeep were luxury trim levels of the Grand Cherokee. They are separate vehicles.
CHELSEA, Mich. -- Jeep's Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer luxury SUVs due after 2019 will be upscale vehicles that will push the premium boundaries of the brand, says Jeep brand head Mike Manley.
The two nameplates will be luxury vehicles, with the Grand Wagoneer an upscale version of the Wagoneer. Both vehicles will share a platform with the next-generation Grand Cherokee.
"The Wagoneer name represents, historically, the pinnacle of premium for the Jeep world," he said. "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."
CEO Sergio Marchionne has said the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer would be built at FCA's Warren Truck Assembly complex in suburban Detroit. That plant makes Ram 1500 pickups, which are moving to a retooled Sterling Heights Assembly nearby for the 2018 model year.
Production of the previous Jeep Grand Wagoneer ended in 1991.