Is Jeep preparing something big for Australia?

    Eagle-eyed CarExpert reader Tim has shared videos of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer four-wheel drive in a Melbourne car park wearing no disguise… but no badges, either.

    CarExpert has reached out to Stellantis Australia asking why the Grand Wagoneer is in Australia; we’ll update this story when the company replies.

    Under the skin, the Wagoneer and its more luxurious brother, the Grand Wagoneer, are built on the same bones as the Ram 1500.

    Where the Ram has a solid rear axle, the Jeep twins have a coil-sprung rear end in search of better on-road comfort.

    Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre Hurricane inline-six petrol, which recently replaced a 6.4-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine.

    In the USA, the Wagoneer battles the likes of the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition, while the Grand Wagoneer is Stellantis’ answer to the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.

    At 5436mm long, 2108mm wide, and 1905mm tall, with a 3124mm wheelbase, the Wagoneer is 232mm longer than the Grand Cherokee L already sold in Australia.

    It’s also comfortably bigger than a Hyundai Palisade or Nissan Pathfinder, and even has the Kia Carnival people mover covered by 50mm.

    There are also even longer L versions of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer available.

    While none of the aforementioned full-sized American SUVs are sold in Australia presently, GM Specialty Vehicles is gearing up to bring the GMC Yukon to local showrooms in 2025.

    The GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are closely related to the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and are likewise offered in the US with choice of two naturally aspirated V8 engines: a 265kW/519Nm 5.3-litre, and a 313kW/623Nm 6.2-litre.

    A 3.0-litre straight-six turbo-diesel making 227kW and 671Nm is also available. All engine options are fitted with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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