The Jeep Wagoneer line is gaining momentum for 2023 with new long(er) wheelbase ‘L’ variants that will give Jeep the tools to truly match up with the full-size SUV segment, as well as a pair of new engines that will replace the aging Hemi pair of Wagoneer engines. V8s. We made a fairly comprehensive comparison of the size and powertrain of the Wagoneer against other full-size SUVs when the short-wheelbase model launched in 2021 and it looks like we’ll have to do another job, with the L shedding both of those classes perfectly. their ears.
Wagoneer L’s 130-inch wheelbase (7 inches more than the standard Wagoneers) would eventually end up being the shortest in the full-size luxury SUV class, but not by much. The Lincoln Navigator L (oops) scores at 131.6 inches and the Cadillac Escalade ESV and GMC Yukon XL boast 134 inches of clearance between axles. The Wagoneer L’s overall length grew by a foot overall.
The powertrain mode is spicier. The Wagoneer L will come standard with Stellantis’ new Hurricane twin-turbo inline-6 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 468 lb-ft. of torque. The Grand Wagoneer L will benefit from the high-production version, which Jeep refers to as the “Hurricane Twin Turbo 510.” The number “510” indicates its power output; Torque is achieved at 500 lb-ft.
We called it a “Hemi alternative” when it was announced and the Wagoneer L was our first taste of exactly that. The standard Wagoneer is powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi with an eTorque mild-hybrid system good for 392 hp and 404 lb-ft. This was the most powerful standard engine among American luxury full-size SUVs and the Hurricane would top it off. The Grand Wagoneer’s 6.4-liter V8 produces 471 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque; The 510 version of the Hurricane has that ease too, and now offers class-leading torque.
It’s all great, but if that power and sophistication came without saving weight, did Gibb really move the ball down the court at all? The tornado is supposed to be about 150-200 pounds lighter than the equivalent Hemis tornado. Until Jeep offers the standard Wagoneer with both new Hurricane engines, it’s going to be tough to make an apple-to-apple comparison, but we’re happy to see the base weight of the Wagoneer L 2WD is only about 100 pounds more than the standard Wagoneer. However, the Grand Wagoneer L appears to have gained nearly 300 pounds on the equivalent of a standard wheelbase.
Weight aside, Jeep can at least say that these more powerful inline jackets are more fuel-efficient in Wagoneer L variants than Hemi V8s in any of the smaller trucks. The 2WD Wagoneer L is rated at 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined; 4WD drops that to 16/22/19. 2WD Wagoneer standard met on 16/22/18; Four-wheel drive on 15/22/17. The Grand Wagoneer L’s 510-hp (4WD only, remember) engine is rated at 14 mpg city, 19 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined; The non-L with a 6.4-liter Hemi and 4WD is rated at 13/18/15.
Inside, the first and second rows are nearly identical to the Standard Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Even the dimensions of the third row passengers remain the same; Where the L really shines is the cargo room. The Wagoneer L delivers 44.2 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third row (up from 27.4) — superior to the Escalade ESV and Yukon XL. Drop the third row and it expands to 88.2 cubic feet. Drop the middle row down and you have enough room to lay a flat 4″ x 8″ (130.9 cu ft) plywood board. All L models feature six tie-down loops in the cargo area, and Grand Wagoneer L models come standard with a cargo management rail system.
Everything else about the Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L will essentially mirror the current “short” wheelbase equivalents, with 2WD available on the Wagoneer L and 4WD being standard on the Grand. Prices have not yet been announced; Stay tuned for that soon as it’s time to go.