Jeep has announced it is to release a new range-topping model, called the Grand Wagoneer, Autocar reports.
The new model, due to be launched in 2018, will provide the US brand with a rival for luxury SUVs such as the Range Rover.
Speaking to the automotive weekly magazine, Jeep’s global brand director, Michael Manley, said: “Part of my plan says there is space for us above the Grand Cherokee. I’ve always talked about Grand Wagoneer and that for me is a big focus and will fill out the brand at the top.”
The Grand Wagoneer branding was first unveiled by Jeep at the 2012 Geneva motor show, though until now the brand has not specified exactly what its plans were.
“I think that vehicle [Grand Wagoneer] will very, very effectively compete with premium SUVs,” Manley confirmed to Autocar recently at the Paris motor show.
However, unlike many of its premium rivals, the Grand Wagoneer will be available with three rows of seats, making it a more practical proposition for those with children.
Manley was keen to state that any forthcoming model would not share market space with the new Levante, a premium sporting SUV built by Jeep’s sister company, Maserati, which is likely to be a much more dynamic offering.
“Maserati and Jeep are two very different brands,” he said. “I have zero sleepless nights about the launch of their vehicle. The Levante will play in a part of the market that Jeep is not playing in.”
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