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All-new Engine, Refreshed Interior and Exterior and More Premium Amenities for 2008 Jeep® Grand CherokeeSince its introduction in 1992, the Jeep® Grand Cherokee has revolutionized the sport-utility (SÚV) market. With best-in-class tractive capability and best-in-class power, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is designed, engineered and built to master every imaginable day-to-day driving condition, whether on-road or off-road.
For 2008, Jeep Grand Cherokee adds an all-new 4.7L V-8 engine that delivers a 30 percent increase in horsepower, a 10 percent increase in torque, and improved fuel economy of more than 5 percent than the engine it replaces. The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee also features a refreshed interior and exterior design and a host of innovative premium amenities; including one not found on other full-size SÚV competitors on the road today – SIRIÚS™ Backseat TV.
SIRIÚS Backseat TV features three channels of respected children's TV featuring many of the most well-known kids' programming, including Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network. Rear-seat passengers will be able to watch shows such as Nickelodeon's 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' Disney Channel's 'Hannah Montana' and Cartoon Network's 'Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.'
SIRIÚS Backseat TV operates via an in-vehicle satellite video receiver and two small roof-mounted antennas. Programming is displayed on the vehicle's second-row (except minivan: second- and/or third-row) video screen, and channel name, program title and rating will be broadcast and displayed on the screen. For added flexibility, rear-seat passengers can enjoy SIRIÚS Backseat TV while front-seat occupants listen to SIRIÚS Satellite Radio. The system can be operated from either the rear-seat entertainment unit or the radio head unit. In addition, when the vehicle is in Park, programming can be displayed on the MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System screen for front-seat viewing.
Along wîth SIRIÚS Backseat TV, the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee includes a variety of premium amenities that are new for 2008, including the new MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System that has a built-in navigation, audio, entertainment and communication system. MyGIG enables customers to use touch-screen or voice commands to control all of the features, and includes a 20-gigabyte hard drive where music and photos can be stored. There's space reserved on the hard drive for approximately 1,600 songs; that's more than 100 hours of music. There also is a voice-memo recorder feature. MyGIG supports real-time traffic information, available through SIRIÚS Satellite Radio, and can provide an alternate drive route based on current traffic.
Also new on the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee are high-intensity discharge (HID) auto-leveling headlamps. HID auto-leveling headlamps provide approximately three times the light output of conventional reflector lamps for improved nighttime illumination. The auto-leveling feature automatically adjusts the headlamps to the vehicle pitch depending on the load and number of passengers in the vehicle. This feature also benefits oncoming traffic because the system prevents drivers from being distracted by glare from the headlamps. The auto-leveling feature is only available wîth HID headlamps.
ParkView™ Rear Back-up Camera (with or without navigation), ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System, SmartBeam® headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, memory seats and mirrors, iPod connectivity and 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels also are part of the vehicle's available features and options.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee also features three new safety and security technologies for 2008: Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control.
Hill Descent Control (HDC) is standard on Grand Cherokee 4x4 models equipped wîth Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II. Operational in the '4WD Low' position, HDC provides downhill assistance at a controlled rate of speed. By means of electronic brake control, HDC supplements the gear reduction and engine braking that a traditional mechanical low-range transfer case provides. For ease of operation, Grand Cherokee's HDC is activated and deactivated automatically, after the HDC button is engaged, as the system senses changes in topography. The system works whether the vehicle is in forward or reverse.
The available Hill Start Assist (HSA) allows the driver time to transition from brake to throttle to achieve a smooth launch on a grade. The system will hold brake pressure for two seconds upon the driver's release of the brake pedal. The ABS system decreases wheel pressure in response to increasing throttle to provide a smooth launch.
Trailer Sway Control is optional on all Grand Cherokee models. This system reduces trailer sway and provides improved trailer stability and increased towing safety.
Exterior Ready to Take Action
With its upright and substantial posture, the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee's design offers an athletic and contemporary appearance. The grille has been lengthened, and the headlamps are more circular for a more dominant and expressive front view. A new HID headlamp, optional on Limited and standard on Overland, includes an internal optic lens for the park/turn function. Fog lamps also have also been lowered for enhanced performance. Off-road enthusiasts will be pleased wîth the new two-piece front fascia, allowing for the entire lower piece to be removed before hitting the off-road trails.
The shape of the body is designed to protect the sides of the vehicle from potential road debris. The bodyside molding also has the integrated Grand Cherokee name for a high-quality look and feel. At the side, a proportionately longer hood and greater distance between the center of the front axle and the base of the windshield emphasize the engine compartment and help to achieve a more powerful image.
Interior Design Elegant and Functional
The Jeep Grand Cherokee takes capability and refinement to new levels. On the inside, the vehicle's two tone instrument panel features a new level of refinement wîth bright accents, a soft-touch surface, and updated styling.
A new tilt and telescoping §teering column is standard, wîth a new §teering wheel that includes bright accent bezels, which house the electronic vehicle information center's switches. The Limited model's §teering wheel adds two-tone leather and bright chrome accent rings, and the Overland features a real wood rim for added luxury. Also new is the updated line of instrument clusters that feature new brighter LED illumination, wîth the Limited and Overland models receiving a modern and elegant treatment where, when the vehicle is started, the dark-tinted lens fades to reveal chrome-ringed black gauges that are surrounded by a bright silver accent field.
The new floor console has improved cup holders and the Limited and Overland models receive a new leather-wrapped and chrome-accented parking brake handle. The door panels have new armrests for improved ergonomics and comfort.
Jeep Grand Cherokee's seats are beautifully crafted wîth contours that are precise, firm and ergonomic, featuring a robust structure. They are purpose-built and designed for long-distance comfort wîth trim styles different for each model: Laredo features cloth and optional leather, while Limited seats are two-tone leather wîth perforated inserts. New for the Overland model are the new saddle perforated leather seats that feature accent piping for an even more upscale look. A reversible load-floor panel is carpeted on one side and offers easy-to-clean plastic on the other. The plastic side includes a large shallow tray for additional utility.
• Four-Wheel Drive Systems
• Quadra-Trac I®
For Jeep Grand Cherokee customers who want the assurance of full-time four-wheel drive without any switches or levers to pull, Quadra-Trac I® is ideal. The system provides for smooth operation of the vehicle over a variety of road conditions.
The NV140 transfer case splits torque 48/52 percent (front/rear) for nearly even distribution of engine power. The single-speed transfer case has been designed to rigorous Jeep durability standards while offering smooth and quiet operation. The use of the Brake Traction Control System (BTCS) wîth the NV140 transfer case makes the 4x4 system extremely competent in most situations.
The Quadra-Trac II® 4x4 system for Jeep Grand Cherokee gives the customer the benefit of the NV245 two-speed active transfer case and BTCS.
The NV245 transfer case is the same used in the Quadra-Drive II® system. It takes input from a variety of sensors to determine tire slip at the earliest possible moment and take corrective action. The system also uses Throttle Anticipate – sensing quick movement in throttle from a stop – and takes steps to maximize traction before tire slippage occurs. When wheel slippage is detected, up to 100 percent of the available 375 lb.-ft. of torque is instantly routed to the axle wîth the most traction.
Torque is transferred to the individual wheels as needed by the BTCS to maintain traction in changing road conditions. When the system senses tire slip, it modulates brake pressure to the slipping wheel, which directs torque to the tires wîth the best traction.
Quadra-Trac II features an electronic shift mechanism for ease of use. The transfer case offers a low range for off-road situations and includes a neutral position for trouble-free towing behind another vehicle.
The heart of the system is the NV245 active transfer case. This transfer case includes a center differential coupled wîth an electronically controlled clutch pack, varying it from a completely open state to completely locked and infinite possibilities in between. The 4-Low gear ratio is 2.72:1.
A key component in the Quadra-Drive II system is the ELSD – an -first application front/rear/center and the benchmark for automatic traction differentials. The ELSD uses electronically controlled clutch packs to automatically and instantly vary from slip to lock at each axle. This maximizes traction when needed without any of the on-road drawbacks normally associated wîth such a robust 4x4 system.
All components of the system work together, continually monitoring needs, to provide smooth and automatic application of the components for best-in-class tractive performance while improving the day-to-day on-road driving experience. For example, the ELSD releases the clutch packs in the front axle during turns to allow differentiation and prevent crow hop.
3.0-liter Common Rail Turbo Diesel
The new 3.0-liter common rail turbo diesel (CRD) engine produces 215 hp (160 kW) @ 3,800 rpm and 376 lb.-ft. of torque (510 N•m) @ 1,600 - 2,800 rpm. The engine offers up to 30 percent improvement in fuel economy, class-leading torque, outstanding towing capacity (7,400 lbs.) and class-leading driving range (approximately 450 miles). And, clean diesel technology reduces CO2 emissions by an average of 30 percent.
3.7-liter SOHC V-6
The 3.7-liter V-6 engine provides the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee wîth a powerful standard engine that is efficient, durable and smooth. It produces 210 hp (157 kW) @ 5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque @ 4,000 rpm. A sophisticated Electronic Throttle Control system tailors throttle response to pedal movement based on operating conditions, and maintains a consistent vehicle speed on rolling grades when cruise control is active. An exhaust gas recirculation valve helps increase fuel economy.
4.7-liter SOHC V-8 (FFV)
All-new for 2008 is the 4.7-liter V-8 engine that offers better fuel economy, power and torque than the previous 4.7-liter high output engine, while at the same time delivering improvements in refinement.
The new 4.7-liter V-8 incorporates two spark plugs per cylinder (the only Chrysler Group engine to do so, other than the 5.7-liter HEMI), increased compression ratio, improved cylinder-head port flow and a new combustion system. The result is 305 horsepower (217kW) @ 5,650 rpm, a 30 percent increase, and 334 lb-ft (437 N•m) of torque @ 3,950 rpm, a 10 percent increase and more than five percent increase in fuel economy compared wîth the previous 4.7-liter V-8 engine. And, like the engine it replaces, the new 4.7-liter V-8 engine is flex-fuel capable, which gives customers the ability to use up to an 85 percent concentration of ethanol (E85) to fuel their vehicles.
Improvements in the new 4.7-liter V-8 result from significant revisions to the induction system, a lightweight piston/rod assembly and reduced accessory drive noise through lower accessory drive speed. Engine smoothness at idle is enhanced wîth a new cam design, two spark plugs per cylinder and a new valve-lash adjuster system. The new 4.7-liter V-8 also is equipped wîth electronic throttle control.
5.7-liter HEMI® V-8
The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 is a highly refined power plant that delivers outstanding performance and reduced noise, vibration and harshness. The engine produces 330 hp (246 kW) @ 5,000 rpm and 375 lb.-ft. (509 N•m) @ 4,000 rpm. The engine gives the Grand Cherokee best-in-class power, while 90 percent of the engine's peak torque is available from 2,900 rpm through 5,100 rpm for excellent performance. The engine features the Multi-Displacement System (MDS), which deactivates four cylinders when the V-8 is not needed. Chrysler Group was the first manufacturer to offer fuel-conserving MDS in an SÚV.
Some of the significant technologies enabling MDS include the speed of electronic controls, the sophistication of the algorithms controlling the systems and the use of Electronic Throttle Control.
New for the HEMI engine is a 'Fuel Saver Mode' display, included as part of the Electronic Vehicle Information Center, which informs drivers when they are in four-cylinder mode, allowing them to modify their driving habits for improved fuel efficiency.
Suspension Steering Systems and Transmissions
The short- and long-arm independent front suspension on Grand Cherokee provides the driver wîth a greater sense of precision and control and more precise §teering, and reduces vehicle weight and head toss, all without compromising the vehicle's off-road performance. The five-link rear-suspension geometry, including a track bar, also improves lateral stiffness to match that of the front suspension for optimum handling.
Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which is standard, aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability in severe maneuvers on any type of surface. It works by using signals from sensors throughout the vehicle that then determine the appropriate brake and throttle adjustments for directional stability.
Grand Cherokee's rack-and-pinion §teering imparts more precise §teering to the driver, providing quick response during all types of maneuvers.
Available wîth the 3.7-liter V-6 engine is the W5A580, a five-speed automatic transmission that provides smooth shifts and optimum fuel economy. The 3.0-liter CRD engine is mated to the W5J400 five-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The 4.7-liter V-8 and the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engines are mated to the 545RFE five-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The W5J400 and the W5A580 have been refined for higher-quality shifts while giving Grand Cherokee class-leading towing capacity of 7,400 lbs. All transmissions feature Electronic Range Select driver interactive shift control. The shifter provides fully automated shifting when in the 'drive' position. Or the driver can manually select each gear by simply moving the shifter left and right from the 'drive' position. This gives the driver control to precisely match any on-road or off-road requirement.
Jeep Trail Rated®
The Jeep Grand Cherokee's four-wheel drive systems are Trail Rated. The Jeep Trail Rated® badge on the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee shows that the vehicle has been designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: Traction, Ground Clearance, Maneuverability, Articulation and Water Fording.
Jeep Trail Rated is a unique methodology used by Jeep Engineering to measure and predict off-road performance for all Jeep vehicles today and into the future. Through a combination of natural and controlled field tests, Jeep Trail Rated provides a consistent measurement of off-road performance for all Jeep vehicles. Only Jeep vehicles are Trail Rated.
• The 2008 Jeep® Grand Cherokee continues a tradition of Jeep innovation wîth new technologies, sophisticated Jeep design, on-road refinement, off-road capability, and a diesel engine offering in the full-size SÚV §egmènt – a Chrysler Group first
• Refreshed exterior design stays true to its authentic Jeep character wîth signature seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel openings, and includes an added level of sophistication for a distinctively Jeep design statement that easily transitions from on-road to off-road
• A refreshed interior wîth attention to rich details and craftsmanship that gives customers more comfort and more premium features than ever before
• The Jeep Grand Cherokee revolutionized the sport-utility market when it debuted in 1992
• 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee is among the first Chrysler Group vehicles to offer SIRIÚS Backseat TV featuring Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network
Class-leading four-wheel drive capabilities
• Choice of three 4x4 systems – Quadra-Trac I®, Quadra-Trac II® and Quadra-Drive II®
• The Quadra-Drive II Jeep 4x4 system gives customers the ultimate in off-road capability by combining the NV245 full-time transfer case wîth Electronic Limited Slip Differentials (front/rear/center) for best-in-class tractive performance
• Staying true to its legendary 4x4 heritage, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is Trail Rated®
Command and control of the road
• Independent front and five-link rear suspension systems and rack-and-pinion §teering offer superior on-road ride, handling and performance
• Standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP) wîth Electronic Roll Mitigation
• New Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control
Four leading engine options deliver performance and improved fuel economy
• Award-winning 3.0-liter CRD is a smooth-running diesel engine that delivers up to 30 percent improved fuel economy without sacrificing performance, best-in-class horsepower, towing (7,400 lbs.) torque and driving range
• Proven 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 standard engine
• All-new 4.7-liter SOHC V-8 engine offers 30 percent increased horsepower and 10 percent improved torque and improved fuel economy (more than five percent)
• Award-winning 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine delivers an exhilarating performance 330-horsepower
Legendary Grand Cherokee size, styling and comfort
• The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee preserves the right-size package that is critical for off-road use and provides nimble handling on-road
• The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers premium amenities such as SIRIÚS Backseat TV, MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System wîth navigation, touch screen, hard drive, and real-time traffic update, heated first- and second-row seats, ParkView™ Rear Back-up Camera w/non-navigation radio, ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System, ÚConnect® Hands-free Communication System, tilt and telescoping §teering wheel column, SmartBeam® headlamps, high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, rear DVD wîth eight-inch video screen, iPod connectivity, rain-sensing wipers, memory seats and mirrors, and 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels
• Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, the most luxurious Grand Cherokee ever, offers many premium features including heated first- and second-row seats, HID headlamps, ParkSense, navigation system, SIRIÚS Satellite Radio, leather-trimmed seats wîth accent piping, real wood interior accents, chrome exterior accents and roof rack, 18-inch chrome-clad premium wheels, standard 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine wîth Quadra-Drive II (4x4 vehicles) and available 3.0-liter diesel engine
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
• 3.7-liter V-6 SOHC engine
• Five-speed automatic transmission
• Side curtain air bags wîth roll detection system
• Electronic Stability Program and Electronic Roll Mitigation
• Brake Assist
• Brake Traction Control
• Rack-and-pinion §teering
• Four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
• Tire Pressure Monitoring system
• One-touch up-down front windows
• Tilt and telescoping §teering wheel wîth integrated electronic vehicle information center controls
• Air conditioning
• P245/65R17 Goodyear Fortera all-terrain tires
• Eight-way power driver seat, and driver adjustable lumbar support
• Electronic vehicle information center
• 60-40 split-folding rear seat wîth integrated outboard head restraint and retractable cup holders in seat cushions
• Sentry Key® Engine Immobilizer system and remote keyless entry
• Cargo storage wîth reversible load-floor and water-resistant storage compartment
• AM/FM stereo wîth CD
• Auxiliary input jack
• 4.7-liter FFV V-8 engine
• Quadra-Trac II
• Quadra-Drive II
• AM/FM six-disc MP3 radio
• ParkSense Rear Park Assist System
• Power sun roof
• Power adjustable pedals
• Heated seats
• Remote start
• SIRIÚS Satellite Radio
• Trailer tow group wîth Trailer Sway Control system
• Two-tone leather seats
• ÚConnect w/iPod interface
• 115V power outlet
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
In addition to the standard features on the Grand Cherokee Laredo, the Limited model includes:
• 4.7-liter SOHC V-8 FFV engine
• Five-speed automatic transmission
• Quadra-Trac II
• 17-inch machined-face aluminum wheels
• Roof rack rails
• Remote start
• Leather interior trim
• Heated first- and second-row seats
• Power adjustable pedals wîth memory
• Rain-sensing automatic wipers
• SmartBeam® headlamps
• Hill Start Assist (4x4 models)
• Hill Descent Control System (4x4 models)
• Tire Pressure Monitoring system wîth display
• Leather-wrapped §teering wheel
• ParkSense Rear Park Assist System
• ParkView Rear Back-up Camera
• SIRIÚS Satellite Radio
• Electrochromic interior rearview mirror
• Eight-way power driver and four-way power front-passenger seats
• AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 stereo wîth 20G hard drive and touch screen
• Boston Acoustics six-speaker premium sound system wîth 276-watt digital amplifier
• HomeLink® universal garage door opener
• Quadra-Drive II
• 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine
• 3.0-liter CRD engine wîth remote start
• 18-inch aluminum chrome-clad wheels
• High-intensity discharge (HID) auto-leveling headlamps
• Rear DVD entertainment system
• SIRIÚS Backseat TV
• MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System wîth navigation
• Trailer tow group
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
In addition to the standard features on the Grand Cherokee Limited, the Overland model includes:
• 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine
• Únique chrome accents and details
• High-intensity discharge (HID) auto-leveling headlamps
• Quadra-Drive II including tow hooks and skid plates (4x4 models)
• 18-inch chrome-clad wheels
• Trailer tow group
• MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System
• 3.0-liter CRD engine w/remote start
• Rear DVD entertainment system
• SIRIÚS Backseat TV
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety and Security Features
• Active Turn Signals
• Adjustable Pedals
• Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
• ABS wîth Rough Road Detection
• Advanced Multi-stage Air Bags
• Brake Assist
• LATCH (Lower Anchor and Tethers for CHildren)
• Digressive Load-limiting Seat Belt Retractors
• Electronic Roll Mitigation
• Electronic Stability Program
• Energy-absorbing Steering Wheel and Column
• Enhanced Accident Response System
• Express Úp-down Front-door Windows
• Four-wheel Brake Traction Control System
• Head Restraints in All Outboard Seating Positions
• Knee Bolsters
• ParkSense Rear Park Assist System
• ParkView Rear Back-up Camera
• Rain-sensing Wipers
• Remote Keyless Entry
• Seat Belt Pretensioners
• Sentry Key® Engine Immobilizer Theft Deterrent System
• Side Curtain Air Bags wîth Roll Detection System
• SmartBeam Headlamps
• Three-point Belts in All Seating Positions
• Tire Pressure Monitoring System wîth Warning Indicator
• ÚConnect Hands-free Communication System
• Jeep Green Metallic Clear Coat
• Light Graystone Pearl Coat
• Mineral Gray Metallic Clear Coat
• Red Rock Crystal Pearl Coat
• Steel Blue Metallic Clear Coat
• Stone White Clear Coat
• Black Clear Coat
• Bright Silver Metallic Clear CoatSource - Jeep
Before 1984, the Cherokee moniker had been attached to a sportier version of Jeep's Wagoneer, a vehicle that had remained mostly unchanged since its debut in the early 1960s. The Cherokee Wagoneer was a huge, four-door wagon, truck based, with four-wheel drive. Very similar to the way American automakers downsized many of their vehicles in the previous decade, Jeep downsized one of its nameplates in 1984, the Cherokee.
The original Cherokee model was introduced in 1974, and shared many features with the Wagoneer, including engine choices and dimensions. The Cherokee was originally available as only a two-door, and the price was also a lot more than the pricey Wagoneer. In 1977, a four-door Cherokee was introduced to the lineup.
Keeping only the name, the 1984 Cherokee was completely set apart from its predecessor. The all-new Cherokee featured a shorter wheelbase, more than 7 inches less than the earlier model, at 101.4 inches. The new model also featured an overall length of 165.3 inches, a total of 21 inches less than the earlier model. The weight of the 1984 Cherokee was now 3,100, more than 1,000 lbs less than before. Both two and four-door body styles were made available, and now the Cherokee featured much better fuel economy and mileage, along with easier maneuverability, either on-road or off.
The new Cherokee featured strong wheel well flares, along with a tall greenhouse that gave great visibility to both passengers and drivers. The Cherokee featured seating for five, though it was very snug for three adults to fit in the backseat. The interior carried a very simple dash and control layout.
For this year, the trim levels offered were the base Cherokee, the sporty Chief, and the much more sumptuous Pioneer. The opulent Pioneer came complete with carpeting, additional instrument panel gauges, a rear window wiper/washer and a full center console. The Chief featured blackout exterior trim, white-lettered tires and hood striping.
Either four or six-cylinder power was the driving force behind the Jeep Cherokee, and the 2.5-liter four cylinder engine inhaled its fuel and through a one-barrel carburetor and achieved 105 horsepower. Supplied by Chevy, an optional 2.8-liter, two-barrel V6 achieved 115 horsepower. These powerplants were good, but it would be several years until a serious engine would come from Chevy. The V6 engine offered three transmission choices, a standard four-speed manual, the optional five-speed manual and an optional three-speed automatic. The four-cylinder engine was limited to the four-speed manual as its gearbox.
Jeep offered not just one, but two 4WD systems for the Jeep Cherokee, 'Command-Trac' and the 'Select-Trac' system. The Command-Trac was a part-time, ‘shift-on-the-fly unit' and the Select –Trac system allowed the option of full-time 4WD operation. A solid axle that suspended by coil springs and four links, or a ‘Quadra-Link' front suspensions design was also featured in tribute to Cherokee's reputation for off-road prowess.
Nearly 78,000 Cherokee's were sold during its first year in production, and the public raved over the all-new design.
For the second year of production, the Cherokee family expanded to include the Laredo trim level. The Laredo featured most of the same features of the Pioneer, but with additional upgrades such as most luxurious interior materials, alloy wheels, pinstripes and chrome grille treatment.
Also new for 1985 was the addition of front headrests and passenger assist handles to the Cherokee. For customers that didn't need the capabilities of for-wheel drive, two-wheel drive versions were made available. Keyless entry and a Renault-sourced, new four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine was offered for this year as well.
In the 1986 model year, a newly redesigned and much more powerful four-cylinder was made standard and the old carburetor with fuel injection was replaced and now pumped 117 horsepower, and advancement of 12 horses from the previous motor. Featuring a much more modern induction setup, the '86 Cherokee now had a much smoother operation along with easier starting capabilities.
A brand new 'Off-Highway Vehicle' package debuted for this year, and was aimed at off-road enthusiasts. This package included heavy-duty suspension components, larger tires, tow hooks, skid plates, a 4 :10 rear axle ratio and much higher ground clearance.
In 1987, extreme power became an option once Jeep got rid of the 2.8 V6 engine and replaced it with an impressive 4.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine of Jeep's design on the option list. The new 'Power-Tech Six' could get 177 horsepower, and took the Cherokee from 0-60mph in just under 9 seconds. The new Cherokee could tow much more now, actually rated at 5,000 lbs. Achieving 121 horsepower, the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine was updated for an additional four horsepower.
The earlier three-cog unit was replaced with a brand new electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission. This new automatic featured selectable shift modes, power and comfort. The power shift provided better performance through higher-rpm up-shifts and faster downshifts, while the comfort mode was a much more relaxed shift, and also much more economical in its operation. The four-speed manual was deleted, and considered to be very basic in its offerings.
For the 1987 model year the Cherokee also received the option of two-tone paint, while the interior now showcased new door trim panels along with stowage bins.
Halfway through the model year, an all-new loaded-up Limited four-door model was introduced, with nearly every luxurious piece of fanciness in it. This limited model featured all of the bells and whistles as standard equipment that made the other models look staid in comparison. A powerful, 4.0-liter inline six engine was joined with Selec-Trac in the Limited model. The model could be identified by its color-keyed bumpers, gold pinstripes and gold wheels, along with leather seats, keyless entry, an eight-speak sound system and power everything in the Limited, along with much more.
At the same time, the other Jeep Cherokee models received very limited changes that included plaid seats in the Laredo and updated blackout trim on the Chief Cherokee.
For the 1988 model year anew two-door Limited was introduced at the same time that the unloved turbo-diesel engine option was deleted. A new eight-slot grille substituted the former 10-slot unit for the '88 Jeep Cherokee.
New for this year was flashy chrome trim on the Laredo models along with body-side cladding. A very sport-two door model was introduced for 1988 in an effort to appeal to all interests and spending markets. New alloy wheels and unique graphics were added to the sport, which aided those who wanted a hip vehicle without doling out lots of cash.
For 1989 the big news for consumers was the availability on Cherokee models equipped with the 4.0-liter engine, automatic transmission and Selec-Trac, was the availability of a four-wheel, ABS system. Whether the Jeep Cherokee was in 2WD or 3WD, the ABS system operated either way. Also new for 1989 was power steering being made optional, along with the standard 13.5-gallon fuel tank being replaced with a 20-gallon unit.
For the 1990 model year not many changes were made, though safety was improved dramatically as new three-point seatbelts were fitted for all outboard occupants. The Limited received a new overhead console that featured a compass, an outside thermometer along with storage compartments for a garage door controller and additional room for the passenger's sunglasses.
In the 1991, the Jeep Cherokee received a special treat in boosted power to both the four and six-cylinder engine as a new multi-point fuel-injection system aided the engine into pumping out 130 horsepower. This was a jump of nine horses singe the previous year's model. The six cylinder engine now achieved 190 horsepower and could achieve 0-60 mph in barely nine seconds.
For this same year the Pioneer Cherokee was deleted and a four-door Sport model was unveiled to join alongside the two-door Sport. In this same year a brand new Briarwood model was introduced for 1991. In this same year Cherokee introduced all-new double-sided keys, optional illuminated entry systems, and highlighted under-hood service points.
The following model year the base Cherokee model received carpeting as a standard feature while the Jeep Laredo was given the option of optional leather seating, much like the opulent Limited model. Other than these few changes, not much was updated for this year.
For 1993 the Cherokee line downsized from only five trim levels to three, the base, Sport and the all-new Country. The '93 Jeep Cherokee Country came with champagne-colored lower body, bumpers and fender flares, along with all of the extravagant features of the now deleted Limited model. Sport models now received a two-tone treatment that added black on the lower body sides. Also added to all model was a long-life, stainless steel exhaust system that aided in lowering costs for owners.
In 1994 all-new safety updates were made that included side-impact beams placed in the doors, while the roof featured new crush resistance along with a center, high-mounted stoplight placed on top of the lift-gate. The AC on the '94 Jeep Cherokee now utilized CFC-free refrigerant. In this same year the champagne color option was updated to an availability of silver as a secondary color, for those consumers that were tired of the old standard color. The entry-level Cherokee received the 'SE' appellation in an attempt to add more appeal to this model for consumers.
Thought the following year's model looked very similar to the version 11 years prior, the Jeep Cherokee continued to be a trendy choice for consumers that were searching for a very capable SUV in both dimension and expenditure. For 1995 the main changes were the availability of an automatic transmission for the four-cylinder SE, and with the addition of a driver's side airbag.
For this same year, both the Sport and Country models held steady with the 4.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that was joined to either a five-speed manual or the four-speed automatic gearbox. For 1995 a fantastic array of colors were added that now included Aqua Pearl and Moss Green.
In 1996 the Jeep Cherokee received only a few minor updates that included both the four-cylinder and six-cylinder being pumped up to run less obtrusively and smoother, which of course appealed to all consumers. The inline six engine now generated its power at lower rpm, which made it even more responsive, whether accelerating from a light, or when towing a trailer up a steed grade.
Once again, safety was once again at the top of the list for year, and the electrical system was upgraded through the heavy-duty alternator and battery. To reduced to chance of an accident, an all-new automatic transmission/brake pedal interlock was introduced which required to drive to apply the brake when moving the brake from the gear selector out of Park. For this same year, the engine in the Jeep Cherokee also received a much stiffer block, along with new powertrain control module and new aluminum pistons. Entering into its own 13th model year, the Jeep Cherokee also introduced two new colors; Bright Jade and Stone White for 1996.
Finally in 1997, the Jeep Cherokee received a pretty hefty facelift that involved a $215 million update that smoothed both the front and rear ends out, while the interior was revised with reductions in harshness, vibration and noise. Though not many visible changes were made, the new Cherokee now featured softened corners on both the tail and nose along with wheel-well flares than blended into the ends of the bumper.
To neutralize the noise of wind, the front vent windows were taken out, while the larger side-view mirrors, new wheels, updated body-side models, optional deep-tint glass and a center high-mounted stop lamp were added to the all-new 1997 Jeep Cherokee.
The interior of the Cherokee featured updates on the interior as well, and these included a more efficient cabin that had a new dash that came with a passenger airbag, updated gauges and a new center stack with easier ability to use controls for the stereo; that was now updated with CD player AND cassette. An updated climate control was also introduced in this year that eradicated quieter the noise and squeaks of the previous model. Along with all of these updates, the '97 Cherokee also received new lighted power mirror and window switches, along with new door panels, a trip computer for the overhead console along with a new center console that featured incorporated cup-holders.
New or reconditioned standing dies and tighter tolerances were utilized in the Jeep to improve build quality, and at the same time, more testing was done on the 1997 Cherokee. Other than these tests and the electrical system being upgraded through connectors and a lack of wiring, the Jeep was basically left alone for this model year.
The Limited once again jumped on board the Cherokee lineup in 1998 and replaced the Country as the top-of-the line Cherokee. The Classic model was debuted for this year and took the spot in between the Sport and the Limited. The Classic was released into the lineup with moldings and color-keyed bumpers. For this same year the Sport received a roof rack, AC, alloy wheel and power mirrors. A new trio of colors were introduced with the 1998 Cherokee; and these included, Emerald Green, Chili Pepper Red and Deep Amethyst.
For the following year, only a few changes were made to the Jeep Cherokee. New color-keyed bumpers and grille were added to the Sport model while the Limited received an all-new Sentry Key anti-theft system and optional heated front seats. The Limited also received improved engine efficiency due to updated electronics and an all-new exhaust catalyst.
The Jeep Cherokee received a much more polished depiction of the 4.0-liter inline six cylinder engine for the 2000 model year. The all-new engine featured a much quieter and cleaner system that now met Low Emission Vehicle standards. Now joined to the new six in SE (if ordered) was a brand-new five-speed manual gearbox that was updated with advanced shift quality in both base and Sport models. Also new for this year were two more colors; Silverstone Pearls and Patriot Blue.
The Cherokee Classic and the Limited both now featured a four-speed automatic as a standard feature for 2000. The Limited became even more ornate in this year and featured silver alloy wheels, chrome highlights on the grille, headlight bezels and rear license plate brow. All of these new characteristics set the Limited even more apart from the standard run-of-the-mill Cherokee models.
2001 was the final year the Jeep Cherokee and not much was updated expect the Steel Blue color replaced the Desert Sand color while the 2.5-liter four cylinder engine was deleted.By Jessica Donaldson
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