The Jeep Cherokee which was built on the XJ platform was a mega hit by the late-1980s. This didn’t go unnoticed by Jeep, it planned a bigger more streamlined replacement for the boxy Cherokee, to be built on Jeep’s all-new ZJ platform. With Cherokee sales still hot by early-1990s, Jeep kept the Cherokee in production and released the 1993 Grand Cherokee as a separate model in the middle of the 1992 model year. The Grand Cherokee won several awards and was given kudos by most of the automotive press at the time. It had a great ride on the road and performed flawless off-road especially with its optional Quadra-Trac full-time 4-wheel system. The Grand Cherokee was the first SUV in its class to have a V8 option. The Jeep Grand Cherokee first debuted at the 1992 Detroit Auto Show when Bob Lutz drove a red 1993 Grand Cherokee Laredo through a plate glass window, in front of the automotive press. It was a planned but surprising introduction to the SUV that would be one of the biggest game changers.
|Engine||Horsepower @ RPM||Torque lb-ft @ RPM||Automatic Transmission||Manual Transmission|
|4.0 liter I6||190 @ 4,750||225 @ 4,000||4-speed auto||5-speed AX-15|
|5.2 liter V8||220 @ 4,800||285 @ 3,600||4-speed auto||N/A|
|Curb Weight||3,574-3,901 lbs|