Introducing the 2022 Jeep Lineup
Owning a Jeep is a point of pride. While the Wrangler is the quintessential Jeep, there’s much more to the overall lineup. For 2022, some notable Jeep models got upgrades worth mentioning. Mainstays like the Grand Cherokee and Compass received face-lifts and boosts to capability. At the same time, the Wrangler became more luxurious with upgraded tech.
Perhaps the most exciting update is the reintroduction of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models. These high-end luxury SUVs prove that function doesn’t mean less class. While they’re pricey, they bring a lot to the table. Here’s a closer look at the new and most anticipated 2022 Jeep lineup.
What’s New For The Sophisticated Wrangler
2022 brought a ton of upgrades for the Wrangler. For a long time, the Jeep Wrangler was the peak of off-road capability, but now with a 100:1 crawler gear, the Wrangler becomes even more adept at rugged exploration. This new gear ratio compliments the V6 Pentastar engine instead of only the V8. The upgrades go beyond the transmission: The 4xe arrives on higher 20-inch wheels, boosting the plug-in hybrid’s off-road ability. Blue tow hooks also now come on Sahara and 4xe Wranglers, and keyless entry is now available for the higher-end trims. All Jeeps also received a revised air filter.
Of course, these changes bring a higher starting price, so those looking for a new high-end Wrangler should expect to shell out some extra cash. For example, the Unlimited Sahara High Altitude starts at $61,765. But this popular Jeep model is still worth it. It offers excellent ground clearance and off-roading prowess. The top models now have electric-powered removable soft tops for easy access to top-down fun. Several engine options are also available, including diesel for greater towing capacity. An upgraded nine-speaker Alpine stereo system officially brings class to the off-road machine. So open that checkbook.
The Most Awaited Wagoneer And Grand Wagoneer
For almost 30 years, the classic Wagoneer hauled families around cities and off-road trails. Now, after nearly just as long, the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer have made the long-awaited return to the lineup. Both models are luxurious three-row SUVs capable of transporting up to eight passengers.
A host of features set the Wagoneer models apart from other Jeeps. They’re loaded with a 23-speaker audio system, next-gen screens that span 75 inches, and smartphone-connected access with up-to-date information about every aspect of the Wagoneer. High-end wood graces the interior. The sleek exterior design is similar to the Cherokee or Compass. For power, the Wagoneer features a 5.7-liter V8. In contrast, the Grand Wagoneer features a choice of a twin-turbocharged inline-six or a larger 6.4-liter V8 with a maximum rating of 510 horsepower and 10,000 lbs of towing capacity. The Quadra-Drive II system makes it all possible: Multi-terrain control features add to the level of integration between the driver and the Jeep. The Wagoneer is the ultimate hybrid of luxury and performance.
The Spacious Grand Cherokee And Grand Cherokee L
Jeep updated the styling for the Grand Cherokee. It now bears a more rugged, Wrangler-like aggressiveness that’s perfect for off-road adventures. New for 2022 is the Grand Cherokee L, which brings a third row of seats to the classic model. A new Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid joins the Wrangler 4xe in offering a more fuel-efficient SUV. Each Grand Cherokee features a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 6,200 lbs of towing capacity, paired with an updated eight-speed automatic 850RE transmission.
The 2022 Grand Cherokee is impressive, but it’s not cheap. The Laredo trim will run you $40,120 while the Grand Cherokee L starts at $46,440. Despite the higher cost versus competitors, the Grand Cherokee provides buyers with a more luxurious experience with quilted leather, impressive infotainment, improved safety features, and an upgraded audio system. It’s the most exquisite Grand Cherokee yet.
The Redesigned 2022 Jeep Compass
Jeep redesigned the Compass to be more off-road capable while maintaining its affordability. At a starting price of $28,380, it’s less costly than the Cherokee or the Wrangler. The redesign brought a new interior that is a distinct step up from previous models. It now features an updated infotainment system with up to 10.1-inches of screen size. Jeep also outfitted the Compass with new tech, such as wireless charging and wireless CarPlay. The Jeep Compass, like the Renegade, is a smaller Jeep, but it’s still covered by the Jeep Wave customer care program. This program provides upgraded assistance to Jeep owners should something unfortunate happen and allows entry-level owners to feel like part of the Jeep family. The updated exterior brings the whole Compass package together.
The Compass Trailhawk trim offers a capable off-road experience with dedicated crawler gear despite the underpowered four-cylinder engine. It brings a new level of capability to the compact SUV. The Compass is an excellent alternative to larger Jeeps.
Here’s What To Expect Next
The future is bright for Jeep, especially with the excellent updates and reintroductions. Jeep is committed to bringing a sustainable approach to the off-road brand with solar-powered EV charging stations and a wide range of 4xe plug-in hybrid models. Also, Jeep introduced an all-electric BEV Wrangler, signaling the future of EV off-road capability.
Electric vehicles aren’t the only new technology Jeep is introducing. Jeep also improved the driver assistance features to provide an autonomous driving experience. Utilizing smartphone technology, Jeep will develop even greater connectivity, creating seamless connections between the driver and the Jeep. We’re even expecting integrated heads-up displays that provide excellent visibility, safety, and comfort. We can’t wait to get our hands on these new Jeep technologies!
Final Thoughts on the New and Most Awaited 2022 Jeep Models
2022 is a great year for Jeep. The reintroduction of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer have luxury SUV fans shelling out over $100,000 to get their hands on one. It’s hard to blame them for spending that kind of cash with all that you get: modern updates, excellent off-road capability, and distinct luxury features. Equally as gorgeous is the new Grand Cherokee with an updated exterior and improved comfort.
Though there is always room for improvement, Jeep’s upgrades to its lineup are worth a look, especially if you’re a Jeep enthusiast. The higher-end Jeeps got physical upgrades; the Wrangler got an off-road boost, and the Compass now feels like a capable compact SUV. These updates showcase the company’s direction, which seems brighter than ever.
Frequently Asked Questions
Want more info about Jeeps? Here are a few commonly asked questions.
What Are The Different Levels Of Jeeps?
Wranglers are affordable and sit in the middle of the lineup, but upgrades and trims add expenses quickly. The Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are positioned towards the higher-end, being mid-sized. And the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer take the top spot, with some Grand Wagoneer trims fetching more than $100,000.
Which Jeep Is The Top Of The Line?
Top-of-the-line Jeeps include the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, which are also the largest SUVs in the lineup. The Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon also sits at the top end of the spectrum at nearly $80,000. You can price out a loaded Grand Cherokee at upwards of $75,000.
How Many Jeep Models Are There?
While Jeep offers only 8 different models, there are several trims and plug-in hybrid options for every occasion. There’s even a pickup available in the Gladiator. Whatever Jeep you buy, don’t expect a sedan; the closest would be the Renegade.
Which Jeep Model Has A Sunroof?
Sunroofs are popular, and virtually every Jeep model has a sunroof or better. Sunroofs are technically limited to solid-roof models like the Renegade, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Compass, and Wagoneer models. Wranglers and Gladiators do you one better: They have removable roofs for top-down fun.
How Much Is The Latest Jeep Car?
The newest models of Jeep are the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, and they are also the most expensive. A Wagoneer starts at $59,000, and several trims push it well over $90,000. Grand Wagoneers start at $89,000, but better trims and options will drive the cost well over the $100,000 mark.
What Is The Most Luxurious Jeep?
The most luxurious Jeep is the Grand Wagoneer. It offers a high-quality interior, three rows of seats with plenty of passenger space, and generous amenities for both comfort and style. It’s loaded with tech such as front massage seats, a dash-integrated passenger screen, four-zone climate control, and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. It’s the peak of American luxury.
What Does JK Stand For Jeep?
JK is an abbreviation for a Jeep Wrangler manufactured from 2007 to 2017. It doesn’t specifically mean anything. JK is just an engineering code for that particular generation of Wrangler. The JK replaced the TJ, which was manufactured from 1997 to 2006. And in turn, the JK was replaced by the current JL generation in 2018.
What Are The Small Jeeps Called?
Small Jeep models include the Renegade at the sub-compact crossover level and the Compass at the compact spot. Finally, entering mid-size territory is the larger Cherokee. There are also Wrangler Sport trims with the classic two-door body and could be considered small.
What’s The Difference Between Jeep Sahara And Rubicon?
Both Sahara and Rubicon are trim levels for the Jeep Wrangler. The Sahara trim is priced lower at $42,000 versus the $46,000 for the Rubicon. Because it’s less expensive, the Sahara trim only has standard cloth upholstery. In contrast, the Rubicon offers upgraded cloth and low-back bucket seats.
The Rubicon trim level also has premium materials that aren’t available on the Sahara package. Plus, the Rubicon offers steel bumpers and a body-colored grille. To the Sahara’s credit, it offers a “Grillz” instrument panel that isn’t available on the Rubicon.
How Are Jeeps Ranked?
Jeeps are ranked on various factors, including engine power, off-road capability, exterior styling, interior material quality, technology, comfort, and price. Each ranking system will value certain features over others, but some quality sources are J.D. Power and Car and Driver. It’s important to note that how you plan to use your Jeep will change how a Jeep rates.
What’s The Difference In Jeep Models?
The most significant difference in Jeep models is the size. The Renegade, Compass, and Cherokee models sit at the low end. These models are more modest versions with minimal off-road capabilities. They also focus on cost-effectiveness, fuel efficiency, and practicality. They offer few luxury features and have lower power ratings with smaller engines.
Mid-size Jeeps include the Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, and Gladiator. These are a step up in power, with a larger V6 engine. They also have more tech features, better off-road capabilities, and offer more creature comforts.
The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer offer the most power, the highest luxury, and the largest sizes at the top end. These Jeeps include top-of-the-line tech and materials not available in other Jeeps. They cost more, but, as they say, you get what you pay for.