For years, Jeep has had the misguided belief that people want boxy based on the success of the ’84 to ’01 XJ Cherokee and all of the Wrangler models. Well guess what, the Commander was just as boxy and Jeep couldn’t even give them away fast enough to keep the rotors from rusting at the shipping yard.
Hot on the heels of Ford’s announcement at the Detroit Auto Show that it’s bringing back the Bronco, Jeep confirmed plans to introduce new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer large SUVs. Unlike the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which uses a car-like unibody, the Wagoneers will be body-on-frame trucks and built in the Michigan assembly plant that currently produces Ram 1500 pickups.
The Jeep Liberty was sold outside of North America as the Jeep Cherokee (KK), allowing the new Cherokee to be easily marketed globally. Jeep also believes the Cherokee name will attract previous Jeep owners, because of the name's heritage. The new Cherokee is built in Toledo, Ohio.
In 1997, 2007, and 2012, the magazine Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road awarded the Jeep Wrangler with its 4x4 of the Year award. The 2008 edition of Forbes Autos lists the four-wheel-drive convertible Jeep Wrangler at number four among the top ten vehicles with the highest resale value.
The 2017 Jeep® Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Willys Wheeler take inspiration from the past while forging a path that is all their own. The Willys Wheeler blends the styling of the ‘40s-era Willy CJs with modern features like high-gloss black 17-inch wheels, off-road rock rails and high-gloss black details.
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, which wields a big V8 with over 400 thumpin' horsepower is really more of a muscle car masquerading as an SUV than a traditional rock climber. Although equipped with all-wheel drive, the Grand Cherokee SRT is geared specifically for on-road performance, and as such is pretty useless off-road.