There are luxury crossovers, and there are luxury SUVs. Some of you may ask, what's the difference? It's all about off-road capability. While high-priced crossovers can hit the dirt, these mega-buck off-roaders don't mind getting mud and ruts under their chassis.
For a brand that prides itself as one of the off-road specialists, Jeep doesn't have a candidate for that. But that's changed now with the introduction of the revived Grand Wagoneer. The question now is this: How does it fare against the Lexus LX 570 and Land Rover Discovery?
Let's start with who's packing what under the hood. The Jeep comes out swinging with a whopping 6.4-liter V8 with 477 PS and 617 Nm of torque. That puts the American SUV ahead of both the LX 570 and Discovery. The Lexus uses a 5.7-liter that puts out 377 PS, while the gas-fed Discovery takes the turbo-V6 route with its 3.0-liter making 360 PS.
But these are SUVs we're talking about. They should be high off the ground to drive over rocks and hills. The three don't disappoint, but the leather-lined 4x4 that has the most clearance is the Land Rover Discovery. It's head and shoulders above the rest with a maximum clearance of 295 mm. It edges out the LX 570 that offers a maximum of 287 mm. In third is the Grand Wagoneer, but that's not to say it's low. It still offers up to 254 mm of clearance, which is much more than other pick-up-based SUVs and crossovers.
Then there's the wading depth and the Jeep kicks things off at 610 mm. It's an impressive figure, but it's behind the Lexus which offers 700 mm. Again, it's the Land Rover that tops the trio with a wading capability of 900 mm. Lift the suspension and that figure goes up to 1,000 mm.
But the Jeep claws back when it comes to cargo space. The Grand Wagoneer has up to 3,305 liters of volume with all seats folded. It's miles ahead of both the Land Rover and Lexus. The Discovery offers 2,370 liters, while the LX 570 has 2,293 liters. The Grand Wagoneer may not have the most clearance or ford the deepest river, but you can haul a lot of things when you're hitting the trails.
All in all, the specs look promising for the Grand Wagoneer. Despite not being best in class in some aspects, we doubt off-roaders will find the numbers lacking. After all, it's more than many SUVs that are designed to venture on the trails. Besides, it's still a Jeep, so we can expect it to perform in the wilderness quite well. That Trail-Rated badge bears a lot of significance for the brand.