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!