Jeep® Heritage | 1993-1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ)

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Each Friday on the Jeep® Blog, we explore the Jeep brand’s iconic heritage by highlighting a different historical vehicle. This week’s vehicle is the Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ).

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Few vehicles burst onto the scene – quite literally – like the Jeep Grand Cherokee did. By crashing through the convention glass at the 1992 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Grand Cherokee debut guaranteed people would be talking about it. But by creating the ideal mid-sized luxury SUV, the Jeep brand set a standard that it still claims today.

 

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Replacing the Wagoneer, the Grand Cherokee featured a 105.9-inch wheelbase, taking Cherokee’s refinement to a new level. The Grand Cherokee was the first SUV with a driver’s side airbag, setting the standard for on-road ride, handling and comfort in an SUV.

 

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The Grand Cherokee featured a new Quadra-Coil™ suspension with coil/multilink configuration and optional 5.2L V8 engine as well as a Dana 44 rear axle, available on some models.

 

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The three original trim options for the Grand Cherokee were Base, Laredo and Limited. Upon the ZJ’s refresh in 1996, additional trim options became available. The Orvis specialty model, offered for the first time in 1995, featured a Limited with a hunter green exterior color, accented by gold striping. The two-tone green and champagne seats were complemented by red accents and Orvis badging.

 

Another ZJ – the 1993 Jeep Grand Wagoneer – was also available. It has a unique place in modern Jeep brand history, so we’re going to give that vehicle its own feature next week.

 

We’re finally rip-roaring into the Jeep brand heritage of the 1990s in our weekly series. Be sure to check back next week!

  • ZJFamilyMan

    It has its faults but I absolutely love our ZJ. It performs better than any other 4×4 I’ve driven and it doesn’t sacrifice day to day comfort making it a very versatile family vehicle. The 5.2 is an awesome engine, ours has 196k and is still running great. When things do go wrong its American origin and simple design make it cheap and easy to work on.

  • Paul Harden

    I akways liked the color and the interior trim of the Orvis Edition. You rarely see them anymore.

  • MRL84

    I have a ’95 ZJ with 250,000 miles on it, leaking some oil and a few other minor issues but it’s still running strong….i will drive this Jeep till its dead and then go get another one…inline 6 is the best engine….

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  • bob

    i had a orvis edition but most people did not know what orvis was ?

  • Scott Gresser

    There are still a lot of ZJ’s still running in Florida, especially the six cylinders. Sometimes I still think they outnumber what WJ’s are on the road today. I am a Jeep dealer parts advisor.

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  • Matthew Hernandez

    I have a Hunter Green Zj with the 4.0, 340,000 miles and counting. LOVE IT. Will always have this car in my driveway!