By adding optional third-row seating to its redesigned top seller, Jeep is expected to shake up the large-crossover market dominated by the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet Traverse and VW Atlas, and newer entries such as the Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride.
Ralph Gilles, the global design boss for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said the automaker wanted to honor the SUV's heritage but deliver a fresh design. One big change: The concept version unveiled last week features a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The Grand Wagoneer, one of Jeep's storied nameplates, is being resurrected as a tech-laden, plug-in hybrid concept that includes the industry's first passenger infotainment screen in an SUV. It is expected to arrive at dealerships next summer, along with the mainstream Wagoneer.