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The Complete History of the Jeep Cherokee XJ 1984-2001

Jeep Cherokee 1984–1996
Jeep Cherokee 1984–1996
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The Jeep Cherokee was manufactured from the 12 months 1984 up till 2001 and is arguably probably the most well-known Jeep of all time. It’s mentioned this automobile was named so to face for ‘eXciting Jeep.’ Throughout its manufacturing span of 18years, nearly a complete of three million Cherokee XJs had been manufactured. To be actual, they had been 2,884,172 automobiles in all. This automotive was so good that nearly each automobile acquired bought in the exact same 12 months it was made not like different automotive manufacturers that saved promoting and promoting automobiles a 12 months or extra after manufacturing and nonetheless referred to as them new. Design and constructing of the Cherokee XJ had been dealt with by AMC (American Motors) from 1984 till 1987 when the corporate was purchased over. Chrysler, the brand new house owners, proceeded with the identical design for the automobile till the top of manufacturing.

Jeep Cherokee 1984–1996
Jeep Cherokee 1984–1996

The Cherokee XJ was the introduction of a brand new period as the standard physique on body substructure was not adopted in its design. The automobile featured unibody design which was additionally light-weight. From the onset, Cherokee XJ automobiles had been promoted as ‘sportswagons,’ however sooner or later, this grew to turn out to be the forerunner of the present-day sports activities utility automobile or SUV. This design began to switch regular automobiles quick and opponents weren’t far behind on copying the chassis. The event of 4x4s will at all times have the Cherokee XJ as an necessary benchmark.

The 12 months

  • 1984-1996: the very first design of Jeep with a ladder-boxed framework unified into one monocoque part as an alternative of the standard indifferent building of physique on the body was the 1984 Cherokee XJ. This sturdy and agency design had about 3,200 bonds on a completed physique and nonetheless was astonishingly light-weight. The unibody design allowed for glorious efficiency even with the four-cylinder engine. By means of the 18 years of Cherokee XJs manufacturing, two-door and four-door choices had been obtainable with exactly equivalent wheelbase and observe measurements. Seats for the two-door choice had longer, foldable chairs so passengers might enter the again simply.

In the midst of 1985, the Cherokee XJ acquired a two-wheel-drive choice for the primary time in Jeeps historical past since 1967. This feature was made obtainable for many who didn’t need or require four-wheel-drive.

  • 1997-2001: the Cherokee XJ acquired an improve to its inside and exterior styling. Two-door and four-door choices in manufacturing acquired further plastic framework alongside the doorways, a metal liftgate as an alternative of the earlier fiberglass one, redesigned taillights and a model new entrance header panel with added aerodynamics design. The spare tire was now situated inside as an alternative of the earlier outdoors mount.

The 1999 Cherokee XJ fashions with 4.0L engines had their consumption manifold revised to forestall little exhaust porting on the up to date cylinder head castings. The 2000 mannequin provided four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines, however the 2001 mannequin noticed solely a six-cylinder engine with a no distribution ignition system.

The distinction

Other than a couple of adjustments on the inside and exterior by way of the years, the Cherokee XJ was just about the identical. There have been variations in the kind of engine provided on every mannequin annually.

  • 1984-1985: the AMC 150 single barrel-carburetor engine with 2.5L and 105hp operating on gasoline
  • 1984-1986: the Chevrolet LR2 2.8L V6 engine with 115hp operating on gasoline.
  • 1986: the AMC 150 Renix TBI engine with 2.5l and 117hp operating on gasoline.
  • 1987: the AMC 242 Renix MPI engine with 4.0L and 173hp operating on gasoline.
  • 1987-1990: the AMC 150 Renix TBI engine with 2.5L and 121hp operating on gasoline.
  • 1988-1990: the AMC 242 Renix MPI engine with 4.0L and 177hp operating on gasoline.
  • 1991-1996: the AMC 150 Chrysler MPI engine with 4.0L and 130hp operating on gasoline.
  • 1991-1999: the AMC 242 Chrysler MPI excessive output engine with 4.0L and 190hp operating on gasoline.
  • 1997-2000: the AMC 150 Chrysler MPI engine with 2.5L and 125hp operating on gasoline.
  • 1997-2001: the TurboDiesel VM Motori 424 OHV engine with 114hp operating on diesel.
  • 1991-2001: the AMC 242 Chrysler MPI excessive output engine with 4.0L and 190hp operating on gasoline.
  • 1994-2001: the two.5L TurboDiesel VM 424 engine with 114hp operating on diesel.
  • 2000-2001: the AMC 242 Chrysler MPI excessive output engine with 4.0L and 193hp operating on gasoline.
Jeep Grand Cherokee (2001 - 2003)
Jeep Grand Cherokee (2001 – 2003)

What occurred

Designs for the Cherokee XJ began again in 1978 with the fashions based mostly on the SJ mannequin. The mannequin was principally European with styling and engineering finished by American Motors. Due to Basic Motors related two-door choice, American Motors added the four-door different. This was the primary civilian 4×4 with unibody design which elevated its off-road skills and sturdiness.

What modified

Throughput the 1812 months manufacturing interval for Cherokee XJ, totally different trim ranges had been provided.

  • 1984-1993; Base: had two audio system with an AM radio, fabric or vinyl upholstery and full-faced metal wheels.
  • 1994-2001; SE: changed Base in from 1994. Had two audio system with an AM radio, fabric or vinyl upholstery and full-faced metal wheels.
  • 1984-1990; Wagoneer: had fake wooden laminate exterior and maple wooden laminate inside decorations, cassette participant, FM/AM radio and 4 audio system, AC, double energy seats, leather-based trim and ribbed fabric upholstery and alloy wheels. The 1990 mannequin additionally had an overhead console and keyless entry.
  • 1991-1992; Briarwood: had lace spoke wheels, fake wooden laminate exterior and maple wooden laminate inside decorations, cassette, FM/AM radio and 6 audio system, distant keyless entry, vinyl and leather-based upholstery, AC, overhead console and double energy seats.
  • 1984-1990; Pioneer: metal wheels, plaid fabric upholstery and two audio system with AM radio.
  • 1988; Pioneer Olympic Version: AM/FM radio with two audio system, fabric upholstery, and AC.
  • 1984-1990; Chief: AM/FM radio with two audio system and plaid fabric upholstery.
  • 1988-2001; Sport: 4 audio system with AM/FM, AC, full-faced metal or alloy wheels and vinyl and fabric upholstery.
  • 1993-1997; Nation: flat black chrome accents, false inside mahogany wooden accents, AC, non-obligatory double energy seats, vinyl and fabric upholstery with an choice for leather-based, cassette participant, 4 Audio system, AM/FM radio and lace spoke wheels.
  • 1996, 1998-2001; Traditional: had keyless entry, one paint colour, AC, an overhead console, alloy wheels, cassette, AM/FM radio with 4 audio system and fabric upholstery.
  • 1987-1992, 1998-2001; Restricted: sunroof, keyless entry, vinyl and leather-based upholstery, single paint colour, cassette, FM/AM radio with six audio system, an overhead console, AC and double energy seats.
  • 1985-1992; Laredo: spoke alloy wheels, AC, totally different choices for upholstery and different tools.
  • 2000; Freedom: distant keyless entry, particular badging, alloy wheels and cassette with AM/FM radio.
  • 2001; 60th Anniversary: particular flooring mats and badges, AC, distant keyless entry, single paint colour, alloy wheels and cassette with AM/FM radio.
  • 1999-2000; Orvis: solely obtainable within the UK and restricted version.