In 1962, the Wagoneer made its debut, marking the beginning of the 1963 model year and instantly establishing itself as a timeless design. Designed by Brooks Stevens, a prominent figure in the Jeep® brand, this vehicle not only boasted an appealing appearance but also introduced a whole new realm of possibilities for drivers during that era.
With the Wagoneer, drivers could now enjoy the luxury and comfort of a well-equipped passenger car combined with the remarkable 4×4 capabilities. This achievement was made possible through a series of technological breakthroughs. The Wagoneer proudly held the title of being the first 4×4 vehicle to feature an automatic transmission and independent front suspension. These groundbreaking advancements were followed by others, including the introduction of the first automatic full-time 4×4 system and the first overhead-cam six-cylinder truck engine.
The Wagoneer’s innovative features not only elevated its status in the automotive industry but also expanded the horizons of what drivers could expect from their vehicles. Its blend of style, capability, and pioneering technology solidified the Wagoneer as an iconic model that continues to be revered to this day.