The Jeep Grand Cherokee was Chrysler’s answer to the growing popularity of the Ford Explorer. Although the Jeep Cherokee was still the leader in the SUV market, Chrysler felt it was time for a new model to make an entry and hence the birth of the Grand Cherokee.
In 1993, Jeep introduced the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It combined the legendary off-roading capabilities of a Jeep vehicle with the luxurious interiors associated with cars made for personal use.
Jeep offered three models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee – the base model, the Laredo, and the Limited.
What made the Grand Cherokee unique as compared to other vehicles in its class were the driver’s side airbag and 4-wheel anti-lock brake system. Other neat features offered were the fabric interiors, complete instruments, and the 5-speed manual transmission.
Just like the Cherokee, the Grand Cherokee was also a unibody vehicle that weighed considerably lighter than competitors. Also, it was 4.5 inches more in length than the Cherokee, which means more legroom for passengers in the back. Jeep used the 4.0 liter, 6 cylinder engine for the Jeep Grand Cherokee to ensure a great drive.
This was upgraded to a 5.2-liter V8 engine later in 1993 and left competitors eating dust.
The Grand Cherokee was definitely the leader of the pack. However, the 1993 edition came in for a lot of flak and a fair number of factory recalls. Jeep made many changes and upgrades in the upcoming years including the launch of the Grand Cherokee Orvis edition in 1995.
In 1999, Jeep unleashed the new Grand Cherokee, which was completely restyled and an engineering miracle. It featured the 4.7 liters, 235 horsepower V-8 engine, the Quadra-drive 4WD, and a better and wider track to improve its on-road capabilities. The off-road capabilities of any Jeep vehicle were never in question.
Since then, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has only improved in performance and quality and keeps getting better! It is definitely the SUV with the best towing ability and great cargo and passenger space.