You could argue that the first Jeep Wagoneer was the original luxury SUV. Back in 1962, Porsche was making the 911, and Jaguar was selling the E-type. No one driving either of those iconic cars at the time would have predicted those marques entering the off-road market with the Porsche Cayenne and the Jaguar F-Pace. Would rivers of the very first Jeep Wagoneer have thought the nameplate would be around 60 years later? There's a lot to admire about the new car so let's start our 2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series III review with a short history of the nameplate.
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The first Jeep Wagoneer had that classic boxy shape like the original Ford Bronco. It was all about function. Initially released as a rear-wheel-drive model, the Wagoneer came into its own when a four-wheel-drive version was released. A largely unchanged model was sold between 1962 and 1991. In between times, the compact XJ Wagoneer was introduced. This model was designated the second-generation Wagoneer. The third model to carry the nameplate was also the last for 29 years. The third-generation model lasted one year before production ceased.
This new fourth-generation model has a legacy to live up to. You'll need $58,995 to get yourself into the Series I machine. That model can tow 10,000 lbs thanks to a 5.7-liter HEMI that develops 392 HP and 404 LB-FT of Torque. You get to play with the vehicle's Uconnect 5C NAV with 10-Inch Touchscreen no matter what spec you choose, and you can add options like the 360-degree Surround View Camera or the Panoramic Tri-Pane Sunroof to make the most of the good weather. There's also a Series II model that adds luxuries like a wireless charging pad and 20-Inch Silver-Litho wheels. You get adaptive cruise control and active lane management systems for easy driving. But serious drivers will go for Series III.
Everything's bigger and better with the Series III. You get 22-inch polished rims and Quadra lift-air suspension as standard, and Drowsy Driver Detection is an option for anyone covering many miles at night. There's a head-up display that'll make any driver feel like they're piloting something a little sportier than an SUV, and you can even spec an in-vehicle safe to keep your valuables away. The price starts at $74,640 for the two-wheel-drive machine. If you want all four wheels powered, you'll need to pay $77,640.
The Series III is a high spec, but there are only seven exterior color options, and only white comes for free. There's a choice of 20-inch machined aluminum wheels or 22-inch polish rims if you want low-profile tires. Inside, the Nappa leather seats are available in grey or black, and you get a Uconnect 5 NAV with a 10.1-inch touchscreen. The Uconnect features simultaneous dual-phone connectivity and supports wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto. You get Firmware Over the Air (FOTA), so the latest software is automatically downloaded. You can opt for a separate display for the passenger in the front. The additional 10.25-inch allows the passenger to act as a co-driver to control media and navigation systems.
If you're not easily impressed, you'll want to opt for one of the packages Jeep offers. The first provides the car with seven seats. You get two second-row captain's chairs with cupholders for $795. You can also opt for a mat package that provides hardwearing mats for the floor and cargo areas. The Convenience Group Package offers the following –
2nd-Row Manual Window-Shades
360 Surround-View Camera
Drowsy Driver Detection
Intersection Collision Assist System
Parallel and Perpendicular Park-Assist with Stop
Traffic Sign Recognition
And if you want to entertain the kids in the back, the Rear-seat Entertainment Group is the one to go for. It includes the following –
10.1-Inch Rear Entertainment Screens
Amazon Fire TV Built-In
Video USB Port
If you're looking for luxury and style in your SUV, the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series III is a great option. The engine makes a little less horsepower than the motor found in the Infiniti QX80, which produces 400 HP, and the 440 HP in the Lincoln Navigator might be enough to push some drivers away from the Jeep. That would be a mistake. At its best, the Jeep can be an option for those considering Range Rovers or Mercedes Benz, and it's more than good enough to rival similar cars from Chevrolet, Ford, and GMC.