Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a range of luxury SUVs produced by the American manufacturer Jeep. The first generation of Grand Cherokee, ZJ was launched in 1992 as a 1993 model year vehicle in the luxury SUV segment. It was manufactured from 1992 to 1998, originally came in three trim levels.
The base model included features such as full instrumentation, cloth interior, and a standard five-speed manual transmission. Power windows and locks were not standard equipment on the base trim. Additional standard features included a driver-side air bag and four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS). The Laredo was the mid-scale model with standard features that included power windows, power door locks, cruise control, and a leather wrapped steering wheel.
Exterior features included medium-grey plastic paneling on the lower body and five-spoke alloy wheels. The Limited was the premium model, featuring body color lower body paneling, and gold exterior accents. The Limited also boasted standard features such as leather seating, heated mirrors, front power seats, a key less entry system, wood grain interior applique, lace style alloy wheels, a driver information center with compass, digitized climate control, and electrochromic rear view mirror, and Jensen brand stereo with multi-band equalizer.
The second generation Grand cherokee WJ 1999 has just 127 shared parts with its predecessor. A notable feature available in this generation was the automatic four wheel drive option called Quadra-Drive. The major advantage of Quadra-Drive was that the combined transfer case and progressive locking differentials in each axle could automatically control traction between all four wheels.
The WK Grand Cherokee debuted in 2004 for the 2005 model year. It was first unveiled at the 2004 New York International Auto Show. The design still emphasizes power and luxury, with significant work done on improving noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). The fourth-generation WK2 Grand Cherokee went on sale in summer 2010 as a 2011 model. It was unveiled at the 2009 New York Auto Show. The interior features leather trim and real wood accents, plus Bluetooth and uConnect electronics options.
With the additional awards for the 2011 Grand Cherokee, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has won 30 awards for off-road capability, luxury, value, best-in-class, and safety, making it the most awarded SUV ever. The WK2 Grand Cherokee chassis is a steel unibody. Unlike previous generations, it features four-wheel independent suspension for better on-road handling. Four wheel drive systems include Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II. Using Selec-Terrain, the driver can select modes for Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud, and Rock.