A group of Jeep engineers recently visited a garage that specializes in restoring the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, ostensibly to learn about the classic vehicles. This may signal that Chrysler Group is closely considering its heritage in the development process of an all-new Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
Texas-based Wagonmaster buys, restores, and sells old Jeep Grand Wagoneers. The company has restored more than 1575 Grand Wagoneers over the last 19 years. According to an email that the company posted to its Facebook page, a group of Jeep engineers visited because, " You have a rich history of Jeep and can help us stay true to the heritage of the Brand on future vehicles," and so that they could ask, "What are the key original details of the Grand Wagoneer that should always be kept?"
A Jeep spokesman told us he couldn't comment on the report, given that the company has a policy of not discussing future product plans.
We know that Chrysler Group is considering building a new seven-seat model that could revive the Grand Wagoneer name. The largest current Jeep, the Grand Cherokee, seats only five, whereas the Dodge Durango has three rows. At the Detroit auto show, Jeep CEO Mike Manley told us that plans for a three-row model are "very much alive… There's definitely room for a three-row model within the range, and I'd like to pursue it as soon as possible." And a Grand Wagoneer figures in the company's latest three-year plan, with a scheduled debut in 2015.
Given that the model won't likely be introduced by 2015, we don't expect to see even a concept version of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer for at least a year
Sources: Wagonmaster (Facebook), Chrysler