Originally Posted by mpatel1080
Overall I think this will be a hard vehicle for Jeep to pull off and sell at volume. ....Most people who are looking for three row people movers are not looking for off road capabilities, nor are they willing to pay the monetary and packaging (space) costs; hence the success of the GM lambda vehicles. Chrysler would be better off competing in that class than going after a niche market with the Grand Wagoneer....maybe that is why we hear very little about a GW.
I agree and disagree.
I think in an ideal world, yes, the Dodge / Chrysler / Jeep line-up would look something like this for the "large people and stuff" movers:
* Dodge: Caravan Minivan. ("Everyman's peoplemover"). No crossover.
* Chrysler: Large Luxury Crossover SUV. (Bigger version of Durango...think Aspen but in a crossover package, not truck based.). No mini vans.
* Jeep: None
On the one hand, I agree that most people looking for 3 row crossovers are not looking to go off-road, so a Jeep Wagoneer doesn't make much sense when looked at in that light. These consumers are looking for as close to mini-van utility as they can get, in a package that is not a mini-van.
On the other hand, the Jeep brand has much more sales cachet for "sport utility" vehicles.
So, in my opinion if Jeep is willing to create a Wagoneer that pays only "lip service" to off-roading capability (or even dare I say none), and concentrates on "people and stuff utility" then I think that would be a bigger seller than packaging the vehicle as a Chrysler. While such a vehicle might be Jeep in name only, I think it's what consumers want. The risk to doing this is potentially harming the Jeep brand with a vehicle that is not truly "Jeep like". (Not off-road worthy).
If the Wagoneer ends up being essentially the same size as a Durago...basically a Durango in Jeep skin with some off-roading capability, then while I think it would sell more than the Durango...I don't think it would be a sales hit.