Look Inside the New Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept Vehicle
After a decades long hiatus, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer returns as a concept with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, a third row, and a massive amount of tech. And I mean that literally. Add it all up, and Jeep is putting more than 75-inches of screen in this Grand Wagoneer, 45-inches spread across four screens in front and 30-inches from three screens in back.
In front it starts with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster screen displaying pertinent information in non-gauge from. On top of the center console sits a 12.1-inch touchscreen and another 10.25-inch touchscreen lies beneath that. There’s yet another 10.25-inch touch screen on the passenger side to give said passenger less of a reach to change controls themselves.
The second row is another set of captain’s chairs for two occupants. Each one gets a 10.1-inch touchscreen to use in front of them. In their center console lies a third touchscreen, also 10.1-inches, to control the usual smattering of comfort settings.
All of these screens are powered by Jeep’s Uconnect 5 infotainment system, which, fittingly enough, operates as much as five times faster than the last gen Uconnect system, according to Jeep. Furthermore, it makes use of Android operating system, which we experienced in the Polestar 2 and quite enjoyed. Jeep claims it will offer greater personalization capability and improve the user experience.
Ralph Gilles, Head of Design at FCA summed the Grand Wagoneer Concept’s interior this way, “The Grand Wagoneer Concept’s interior is spacious and features premium materials that accentuate our team’s obsession to detail and celebrates American craftsmanship,” Gilles added. “A full digital cockpit takes advantage of leading technologies that are beautifully presented with expansive and easy-to-use screens and limited buttons, allowing the focus to be placed on a pleasant and intuitive experience for the driver and passengers.”
If tech was one interior theme, the other was sustainability. Onyx glass runs the length of the dash. It’s designed to appear to float above a piece of raw aluminum. There’s also liberal use of heat-treated lacewood for several part of the interior, including the dash and front doors. And, in case you forget what the name of the car is, Jeep inscribed Grand Wagoneer in to the wood with raw aluminum lettering on the passenger side above the glove box and beneath the 10.25-inch screen.
Aluminum also makes up the door speaker cases, vent surroundings and shift knob. Furthermore, the headliner is made from a recyclable faux suede material called Dinamica, carpets from more recycled materials named Thrive fiber and yet another sustainable material called PUR is used to upholster the seats, console, and door panels.
As a nod to the Original Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneers from the 60-80s, Jeep installed a two-spoke steering wheel, though this one is flat bottom and includes many buttons, as well as large panes of glass throughout, allowing lots of natural light and increasing the sense of size. You also get an inscription on the outer edge of the instrument panel, revealed when you open the door, saying EST. 1963.
To emphasize the sense of luxury, the Grand Wagoneer Concept has a 23-speaker McIntosh stereo system with a massive 24-channel amplifier. The speakers are encased in the aforementioned aluminum with a gloss black finish.
Production vehicles are due next year and, boy-o-boy, we are quite keen to take a closer look.
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