Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee debuted in 1993. It was a trendsetter in the midsize SUV market, bringing a lot of innovations to the table. The Grand Cherokee was roomier, maintained the offroad capabilities for which the Cherokee had previously been known, but was still suitable for an urban environment.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the most successful SUV lines ever released. The car is still made today.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Origins

The Grand Cherokee was designed essentially as a larger version of Jeep’s Cherokee model. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is known first for its design. The vehicle is built on a unibody chassis, not unlike a car rather than the traditional body-on-frame typical of most SUV models. The unibody makes it safer, easier to enter and exit, and improves handling.

The four-wheel drive of the Grand Cherokee proved to be an advantage. While many SUVs are just for show, the Grand Cherokee is perfectly capable of navigating through mud.

About the Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers improved fuel economy, among other features. Additional trim line options include the Overland Summit and the sporty SRT8.

The new Grand Cherokee has great offroad capabilities, and it has an excellent towing capacity of up to 4,700 pounds when properly equipped.

All vehicles in the 2012 line come with a standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 260 ft-lb of torque, paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. The engine is rated at 17/23 mpg city/highway. A 5.7-liter V-8 is also available, which produces an impressive 360 horsepower.

The SRT8 ups the ante with a 6.4-liter V-8, which produces 470 horsepower and 465 ft-lb of torque. The vehicle can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The engine is controlled by a five-speed automatic transmission, but it only gets 12/18 mpg city/highway.

All 2012 Grand Cherokees have standard rear-drive except the SRT8. Adjustable air suspension is available for off road driving, as well as a drive mode selector.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Evolution

The first-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee was introduced in 1993 and ran until 1998. It was built on two live axles, making it extremely adept in offroad situations. The engine was available in either a V-6 or a V-8, which offers a powerful option to the consumer. The 5.2-liter V-8 engine produces 220 horsepower.

The early Grand Cherokee was mainly available in a base SE trim line, a middle-of-the-line Laredo, and the Limited. A 5.9 Limited model was also available during the run, which has an exclusive 5.9-liter V-8 engine that produces 245 horsepower and 225 ft-lb of torque. The 1996 models had better safety equipment than earlier models.

The second generation model was available from 1999 through 2004, and is a bit smaller than the previous generation. The second generation is considered by some to be a step back for the model. Some of the build quality is weak in comparison to its predecessor. The independent axle system was also replaced by a solid axle, meaning maneuverability and stability took a hit.

A four-wheel drive model made the Grand Cherokee a better offroad vehicle in a number of ways. The base SE model was dropped and the Laredo and Limited remained. Two engines were available with the Grand Cherokee, including a 4.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine producing 195 horsepower, as well as a 4.7-liter V-8 that produced 235 horsepower. The V-8 had better fuel economy than the inline six-cylinder and performed better on streets and offroad.

Mechanical improvements were made throughout the second-generation run. A five-speed automatic transmission was introduced to the V-8 engine. In 2002, three trim lines were introduced. The Special Edition, Sport, and Overland had special packages.

The third-generation Grand Cherokee was introduced in 2005 and ran until 2010. The design of the vehicle was changed from curves to more of a box shape, and the model moved to an independent front suspension system. The vehicle seats five passengers very comfortably. Refining the ride was a key focus when Jeep brought out the third generation.

The Laredo and Limited trim lines were available, as well as a limited-edition Grand Cherokee SRT8, which had a lowered sport suspension and an upgraded 420-horsepower V-8. The standard vehicles had a 3.7-liter, 210-horsepower V-6, a 4.7-liter V-8 that produced an impressive 305 horsepower, or a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that produced 330 horsepower.

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