Jeep Buyers Guide - Grand Cherokee

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					In 1993, Jeep launched the fine-looking Grand Cherokee in response to the success of
rivals Ford and their Explorer model. The Grand Cherokee saw Jeep produce a
vehicle with their legendary off-road capability but with an improved road ride and
larger interior than the Cherokee.

At first three models were offered: base model, Laredo and Limited. Jeep stole a
march on competitors in the market place with the inclusion of driver's side airbag
and all round anti-lock brakes. Notable standard features included full instrument set,
cloth interior and 5 speed manual transmission. In addition to this the Laredo came
with body cladding, powered mirrors and cruise control. The Limited came with
leather seats, Air Con, upgraded stereo system, 4 speed auto transmission and a host
of powered parts.

The build and design of the Grand Cherokee led to a 105.9 inch wheelbase, 4.5 inches
longer than the Cherokee giving more legroom for rear passengers, also the Grand
Cherokeewould only be made as a four door model.

The motor for the Grand Cherokee was the Jeep 190 BHP, six cylinders 4.0 liter and
towards the end of 1993 a 5.2 liter V8 with 220 BHP was launched. This larger engine
gave a great advantage over the Grand Cherokee competitors and also gave a towing
capability of some 6,500 pounds.

In 1994 the Grand Cherokee saw refinements made including all round disc brakes on
the Limited, rear seats gained headrests, power sunroof and upgraded stereo system.
The base model was renamed "SE" and side impact beams were fitted in the doors
improving crash protection.

For 1995 Jeep introduced the "Orvis" edition Grand Cherokee in reply to Ford's Eddie
Bauer (both Orvis and Bauer are outdoor clothing and equipment manufacturers). The
color scheme for this was green paint, red and gold accents and two tone green &
champagne interior. Other improvements were increased torque output from 285 - 300
pounds for the V8 engine and deeper tints to side and rear windows. Two new
optional extras were available with a flip up tailgate window and integrated child
safety seat. Also a two wheel drive version of the limited with six cylinder engine
only was launched.

Important changes were made to the Grand Cherokee for 1996. Changes were made to
the four wheel drive systems, power steering on the Limited models included variable
assist (helping with parking and steering at low speed) and service points were
highlighted under the engine hood. Changes to the exterior included larger grille, new
bumpers, restyled body cladding and new wheels on the Laredo and Limited models.
The interior saw dual airbags in the instrument panel and steering wheel, adjustable
shoulder belts and optional heated front seats on the Limited models. The limited
models also saw steering mounted stereo controls, driver memory system for two
drivers, auto dim for side and rear view mirrors, new style seat fabric and CD decks
for the stereo system.

1997 saw little in the way of modifications with the availability of the V8 for the two
wheel drive model and the six cylinders qualifying for the Californian transitional low
emissions vehicle certificate. The anti-lock brake system was improved, the stereo
was upgraded, the quality of the carpets improved and new colors were launched
including Bright Platinum. Towards the end of the year the sporty Tsi model was
launched with 16 inch alloy wheels, leather interior and a top quality stereo.

The final year of production for the first generation of Grand Cherokee saw the new
5.9 liter engine Limited launched with a huge 245 BHP and 345 foot - pounds of
torque giving 0-60 seconds of 7.3 seconds. Improvements for the rest of the range
included improved steering, an under hood light and improved ignition key lock
security. The Orvis model ceased production in this year.
Author Andrew Whitehead - a self confessed petrol head has owned numerous classic
cars from fully restored to basket cases! He now has a website to fuel his passion in
all things auto. If you're looking to buy a Used Grand Cherokee then please visit
/Jeep/Grand-Cherokee where we focus on putting buyers in touch with sellers across
the nation.

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