When the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models joined the full-size SUV segment back in 2021, it was clear that the lineup was bound to continue growing. Americans love extended wheelbase variants of these family haulers, with Ford and General Motors both offering stretched SUVs across their respective brands. Now Jeep is ready to join that segment battle by way of the all-new Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L models, which are the first Stellantis products fitted with the new 3.0-liter Hurricane inline-six engine.
The Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L arrive for the 2023 model year with an entire extra foot of length, now measuring in at 226.7 inches overall. Seven of those inches can be found within the wheelbase, which itself has grown to 130 inches. Despite the growth, the SUV’s wheelbase is actually still shorter than any of its full-size American segment competitors. The added space doesn’t really help the passengers in this case either, as the majority of the gains come in the form of cargo capacity. Depending on the seat arrangement, the Wagoneer L gives customers between 42.2 and 131.9 cubic feet of cargo room. The Grand Wagoneer L packs 113 cubic feet of space behind the front row, with 44 cubic feet of storage available behind the third row. That’s more cargo space than is on offer in either the Cadillac Escalade ESV or the Yukon XL.
The twin-turbocharged Hurricane engine replaces the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with the eTorque system as the standard powertrain in the extended wheelbase Wagoneers. The Wagoneer L has the standard output variant of the twin-turbocharged engine, which Jeep says delivers 420 hp and 468 lb-ft of torque. For comparison, the base V-8 produces just 392 hp. The Grand Wagoneer L on the other hand receives the high output variant of the 3.0-liter, which puts out 510 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. That output makes the Hurricane inline-six the most powerful standard powertrain in the segment. An eight-speed automatic is the sole gearbox, with three different four-wheel-drive systems on offer depending on the trim selection. The six-cylinder doesn’t hurt towing either, with both long wheelbase Wagoneers rated to tow up to 10,000 pounds.
The standard output variant of the engine brings a fuel economy bump of 1 mpg over the Hemi, with a rating of 19 mpg combined. The same bump in efficiency applies to the high output variant, which receives a rating of 16 mpg combined, also 1 mpg better than the 6.4-liter V-8 can muster. Jeep has also installed a larger fuel tank on the L models with four additional gallons of fuel capacity.
Jeep has also unveiled the new Carbide trim. This blacked-out package brings gloss black wheels and badges, unique dark facias, and a slick blacked-out interior. The package will be offered for the 2022 model year Wagoneer this spring, before later rolling out for the 2023 Wagoneer and Wagoneer L models in the latter half of the year.
Even before the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer debuted, we knew the SUVs were going to be important for the Jeep brand. The trucks aim to push the Jeep name upmarket, and in America that involves building a giant three-row SUV. While we don’t have pricing information available to share yet, we know they won’t come cheap. Whether or not customers are willing to leave established models like Cadillac’s Escalade will have to be seen.