Jeep has been talking about a potential reborn Grand Wagoneer for some time, but so far nothing happened. But Jeep still intends to launch a new flagship luxury SUV, and Road and Track has uncovered further proof thanks to a leaked document. According to this document, a 2018 production start date is stated for production and pre-production vehicles utilizing the ZF 8HP eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer is listed as one of those vehicles. And then it gets better. Also listed is another model, dubbed “Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk.” The document says that it will come powered by a 6.2-liter V8 with718 hp. The specific transmission at issue, as Road and Track further points out is codenamed ZF-8HP95X, indicating a high-torque version of the regular 8HP. Furthermore, that very same high-torque eight-speed is used for the upcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan. FCA denied knowledge of a Grand Wagoneer Trackhawk when contacted.
However, it must be noted that the document was dated April and May of 2017, which could alternatively mean Jeep built a few Grand Wagoneer prototypes with the Hellcat V8 for testing purposes only. Maybe it decided not to green-light the project, or maybe it did. Nobody knows yet.