FACT attended the launch of the 2023 Grand Wagoneer, cruising all the way to Fujairah City, UAE, in this iconic American SUV.
This month, we were fortunate enough to be invited by the multinational automotive manufacturing corporation, Stellantis, to attend the launch of the legendary Grand Wagoneer, at Ceasars Palace Dubai, on Bluewater Island.
We would like to thank Stellantis and United Cars Almana for their wonderful hospitality and for the opportunity to experience the new Grand Wagoneer in such a comfortable and welcoming environment.
The moment the full-sized SUV was unveiled, we could see that the 2023 Grand Wagoneer is a modern interpretation of an American-made icon. The exceptional craftsmanship that has gone into the design of this striking vehicle was immediately obvious to all in attendance.
The Grand Wagoneer’s bold new exterior design has been crafted with a wide stance and features a classic yet refined silhouette. At the imposing front end sits a distinctive hood and prominent front grille combination, the latter featuring knurled finishes on the rings. Complementing these grand features is the unique LED lighting, including premium LED headlamps and foglamps.
Shifting to the flanks, we could see that, like the windscreen, large windows have been incorporated into the design, greatly enhancing outward visibility. Paying homage to the original Grand Wagoneer are the clean roofline and A-line that run around the vehicle in its entirety. A panoramic tri-pane sunroof allows an abundance of natural light inside the vehicle and offers greenhouse-like views. Chunky, 22-inch aluminium wheels add to the SUV’s rugged appearance and hint at its off-road capabilities. At the rear, LED taillamps complete the full suite of exterior LED lights, stretching from the rear quarter panels to the hands-free power liftgate.
On entering the SUV, we were immediately taken by the abundance of space on offer. In fact, the 2023 Grand Wagoneer boasts the best-in-class overall passenger volume, amongst many other bragging rights.
The fully digital cockpit is jam packed with cutting-edge tech, is immaculately laid out and features comfortable captain’s chairs. The second-row seating also features captain’s chairs, access to which is made simple by the power release Tip ‘n Slide function that creates more space for passengers to get to their seats. The third row can recline and fold flat, making it easy to configure for either passengers or luggage.
This convenient internal setup, coupled with the four-zone HVAC system, ensured we were completely relaxed, cool and comfortable as we set off on the three-hour test drive to Fujairah City.
Infotainment & Technology
As we effortlessly cruised en-route to our destination, we had time to take in the seemingly endless cutting-edge tech, housed in the interior of this remarkable SUV.
The 2023 Grand Wagoneer is equipped with next-generation innovations including the new advanced Uconnect 5 system. Other notable features include a frameless digital cluster, a rear seat monitoring camera and a premium McIntosh audio system. Additionally, we were informed that this new model is available with up to 75 inches of total digital display screen area, including nearly 45 inches of total screens along the front dashboard.
We found the 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen display with split-screen capabilities to be most impressive. This setup features the before mentioned, all-new Uconnect 5 system and includes wi-fi capability, full smartphone connectivity, Alexa, access to hundreds of thousands of apps, TV shows and movies, amongst many other great options. In addition 11 USB ports, and multiple passenger screens are located in both the front and the rear.
The artisans responsible for the Grand Wagoneer’s design have included an extensive range of leading-edge safety technologies and driver assistance systems.
These include a head-up display (HUD), hands free active driving assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, intersection collision assist and drowsy driver detection, along with turn-by-turn navigation and much, much more. The fully digital rear view mirror provides an unobstructed view of the road behind and can revert to a traditional reflective mirror by toggling the switch underneath.
The 2023 model is powered by a new 3.0-litre Hurricane twinturbo, incline, six-cylinder engine, combined with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Cruising along, the abundance of power and acceleration on offer was made obvious, as we witnessed the SUV effortlessly eat up the freeway all the way to Fujairah City.
Although we couldn’t fully test the vehicle’s 4×4 capabilities on this excursion, we were informed that this model has three available 4×4 systems, along with an available Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Terrain traction management system. This means there is almost no off-road terrain that this premium SUV cannot conquer. Any other SUV in this segment would have a tough time keeping up with it in the rough. ✤
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