The Ultimate Jeep Grand Cherokee Page
The SUV was gaining traction with consumers in the early 1990s, and Chrysler needed a bold move to claim a part of this market. The first Jeep Grand Cherokee drove through a plate glass window to debut at the 1992 Detroit auto show. The Grand Cherokee was Jeep's answer to the Ford Explorer, which was cornering the market on SUV luxury. The Jeep Grand Cherokee was larger and more luxurious than Jeep's original Cherokee model, with all of the off-roading capabilities that consumers were demanding.
First Generation: 1993 to 1998
1993: The initial Jeep Grand Cherokee was just a little larger than the Jeep Cherokee, but it featured a number of luxury options. It had a 1-inch-higher clearance from the ground, the biggest tires available, and options for part-time, full-time, and all-time 4x4 capability. The base 4-liter engine offered 190 horsepower. The Grand Cherokee had a 105.9-inch wheelbase. It became the first SUV to feature a driver's-side airbag, and this model year also had four-wheel anti-lock brakes. The three trim models included the base, Laredo, and Limited. The base model featured a cloth interior, limited instrument clusters, and a basic sound system. The Laredo had upgrades to the cloth seats, power mirrors, and body cladding. The Limited had air conditioning and upgrades to the sound system and powered features. A mid-year release in the 1993 model introduced a V8 engine with 220 horsepower.
1994: In the 1994 model year, Jeep introduced the SE model as the base model. The V8 engine continued to be an option, and it was available with a four-speed automatic transmission. Jeep introduced sound system upgrades, and some enhancements were made to the interior.
1995: Manual-transmission Grand Cherokees were discontinued in 1995. This model year featured a flip-up window that became part of the standard liftgate design. Four-wheel disc brakes were a standard option for all models. The V8 engine's torque increased from 285 pound-feet to 300, which enhanced acceleration. The Limited had an option for two-wheel drive in this model year.
1996: Jeep moved to dual air bags in 1996, and the 4-liter engines received a torque upgrade in this model year. The Limited model featured luxury options such as stereo controls located on the steering wheel, new upholstery, upgraded stereo systems, and auto-dimming technology in the side and rearview mirrors.
1997: Only minor changes occurred in 1997. The V8 engine became available with two-wheel drive vehicles.
1998: In 1998, the Limited featured a 5.9-liter V8 engine with 245 horsepower and 345 pound-feet of torque. The pickup of this model was impressive, going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 7.3 seconds. The 5.9-liter Limited also featured new leather trim, a mesh grille insert, and 16-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. A better stereo was also installed that featured a rear roof-mounted sound bar and 10 speakers. A sunroof also became standard with the Limited in this model year.
Second Generation: 1999 to 2004
1999: Major changes occurred with the initial model of the second generation of Jeep Grand Cherokees. Jeep moved the spare tire underneath the floor, and redesigns to the shape made the rear doors larger while expanding space for rear passengers. These vehicles were 2 inches higher and 4 inches longer. Interior controls were relocated to be more user-friendly. Limiteds featured automatic dual-zone climate control, an upgraded sound system, leather upholstery, and body-colored side trim. Two engine options were available: a 4.7-liter V8 and a 4-liter straight six-cylinder. Both models had a four-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive that could shift to optional four-wheel drive. The curb weight for the second-generation Jeep Grand Cherokees ranged between just less than 4,000 pounds to 4,147 pounds.
2000: In the 2000 model year, all Grand Cherokees received standard rear storage nets, child seat anchors, and a new connector for electric trailer brakes. The Laredo had an option for 17-inch wheels, and these wheels became standard for the Limited. The V8 engine was upgraded to feature a five-speed automatic transmission with an extra overdrive gear.
2001: Jeep celebrated its birthday in 2001 by releasing a 60th anniversary edition of the Grand Cherokee available in black or silver. This model featured a two-tone leather interior, a special trim package, and chrome wheels.
2002: The Jeep Grand Cherokee Sport debuted in 2002, and this model featured leather upholstery and heated mirrors as standard. A Special Edition model also had enhanced exterior trim and a 10-disc CD changer. A new Overland model featured a V8 engine with 260 horsepower and new style features for both the interior and exterior of the vehicle. The Overland featured standard side curtain air bags, while other models offered them as an option.
2003: Jeep added the LATCH child-seat attachment system to the backseat in 2003. They also offered Bluetooth connectivity as an option in this model year.
2004: The Overland model was available in rear-wheel drive, and this model year also offered a new navigation system as an option for the Overland. Jeep redesigned the grille in 2004 to give it more vertical slots.
Third Generation: 2005 to 2010
2005: With the third-generation Jeep Grand Cherokees, Jeep made the vehicles five inches longer. Engine enhancements introduced a new 3.7-liter V6 as the baseline engine. This model also featured a new independent front suspension, and rack-and-pinion steering was offered for the first time. For the Limited, a 4.7-liter V8 was standard, and consumers could also upgrade to a 5.7-liter Hemi V8. No changes were made to the transmission, and Jeep continued to offer only a five-speed automatic. All vehicles came standard with 17-inch wheels and a two-piece rear liftgate. Options of note included rear obstacle detection, DVD entertainment systems, a hands-free cellular system, front and rear curtain side airbags, a navigation system, heated front seats, and tire pressure monitoring.
2006: The year 2006 was also a major year for Jeep Grand Cherokees. A new SRT8 model debuted, and Jeep also reintroduced the Overland with rear obstacle detection, platinum trim, a wood and leather interior, a hands-free cellular system, and front and rear limited-slip differentials. The SRT8 had a 6.1-liter V8 with an impressive 420 horsepower and all-wheel drive.
2007: In 2007, Jeep introduced a 3-liter V6 turbodiesel engine to the suite of Grand Cherokees. This model featured options such as a rear-view camera and remote start.
2008: Changes were made to the headlights and front bumper in 2008. The headlights were made more round, and the bottom part of the front bumper was eliminated. Jeep increased the 4.7-liter V8 engine from 235 horsepower to 305 horsepower, too. An optional hill descent control feature was also added. Jeep also added an option for Sirius Backseat TV.
2009: Another jump in horsepower occurred in 2009, with the 5.7-liter V8 increasing power to 357 horsepower. Jeep also added a 30 GB hard drive as an option to enhance the multimedia and navigational systems.
2010: In 2010, Jeep discontinued the turbodiesel model. The Overland was dropped from the lineup in 2010.
Fourth Generation: 2011 to Present
2011: Jeep focused on fuel economy and changes to cabin materials to make the Grand Cherokee more similar to cars. Not only was the suspension improved, but Jeep also integrated a new steel unibody chassis into the vehicle design. Passengers enjoyed more interior room, and there was more room for cargo as well with this sleeker body style and shape. Fuel economy doubled, and the 3.6-liter V6 baseline engine was also overhauled. The curb weight of the 2011 Grand Cherokee was 5,005 pounds.
2012: The addition of two new models was the focus for 2012, with the introduction of the Overland Summit and an upgraded SRT8. The Overland Summit was Jeep's answer to consumer demand for a luxury SUV, and it featured a forward-collision warning system, rear cross-traffic alerts, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. This vehicle also had standard features such as an air suspension, a power liftgate, 20-inch wheels, and an enhanced infotainment system. Under the hood, the SRT8 had a 6.4-liter V8 that went from 0 to 60 in five seconds.
2013: The 2013 model year added the Trailhawk to the family of Jeep Cherokee vehicles. The Trailhawk featured a 5.7-liter V8 engine, upgraded tires, and its own exterior badges to set it apart from other models.
2014: Jeep restyled the front and rear ends of the Grand Cherokee to give them a fresh look. New wheel designs also gave the vehicles an updated appearance. Under the hood, all models now had an eight-speed automatic transmission, which promised better acceleration and fuel economy. A new 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 gave drivers up to 22 miles per gallon in the city and up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
2015: Updates were nominal with the 2015 models except for minor shifts among the models' optional and standard features.
2016: The SRT model received an update to the gauge cluster in 2016. The Overland got 20-inch black wheels and new black exterior accents. This model also received adaptive cruise control and forward-collision brakes. All models received new standard engine stop/start technology with the V6, which promised to improve fuel economy.
2017: In 2017, Jeep made high-intensity discharge headlights a standard feature for every model except the base Sport. A special 75th anniversary package offered bronze exterior accents, 18-inch bronze-colored aluminum wheels, and a panoramic sunroof.
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