No Kidding! 2013 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Date 2011/1/12 21:58:00 | Topic: Miscellaneous

Chrysler head-honcho Sergio Marchionne announced at a North American International Automotive Show press conference that the Grand Wagoneer nameplate will be returning to the Jeep brand in 2013.
Jeep now plans to revive one of its most hallowed nameplates, the Grand Wagoneer, for a new upscale SUV with seven-seat capacity. That was the promise made by Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne who announced at a press conference at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show this week that a new Grand Wagoneer will arrive by January of 2013.

It will share a platform with the recently launched Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango. Interestingly, 2013 will also see the launch of a Maserati SUV based on the same platform.

MotorTrend also has coverage of the announcement, including a stab at the Commander by Marchionne:
The move isn’t entirely unprecedented — after all, the seven-seat Commander was derived from the last-generation WK Grand Cherokee platform — but Marchionne promises the new vehicle will be an entirely new beast.

“That [Commander] was unfit for human consumption,” Marchionne remarked when Automotive News asked how the new Grand Wagoneer would differ from the Commander. “We sold some, but I don’t know why people bought them.”

Thanks to reader Renegade for the heads-up!

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