Jeep® Heritage | 1995-1998 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).

 

From 1993-1995, the Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) was all about providing an ideal luxury mid-size SUV. This trend continued when the Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis edition was introduced in 1995. This edition featured increased torque output for the 5.2L V8 engine as well as a Quadra Trac four-wheel-drive system, tow hooks and standard four-wheel disc brakes.

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One of the most notable things about the exterior of the Orvis edition was the Moss Green color scheme. The interior featured green and tan two-tone leather seats with roan red and gold accents. In 1997 the Orvis edition became available in Light Driftwood as well.

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Also in 1997, the Grand Cherokee TSi edition was released. This was a sportier version of the Grand Cherokee and came standard with five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, and an improved sound system with steering wheel–mounted control. The TSi edition was only available for one year.

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In 1998, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited edition first made its appearance. This new edition featured a 5.9L V8 engine and was able to go from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. Also new on the 5.9 Limited edition was the addition of hood louvers, an improved 180-watt Infinity stereo system, and softer leather seats and trim.

 

The production of the first generation Jeep Grand Cherokees ended strong in 1998 with the 5.9 Limited edition.

 

Be sure to check back next week as we get closer to the 2000s in our Jeep brand heritage retrospective.

  • J Erick

    Love my 98 Laredo

  • Dave Luongo

    had a 95 Grand Cherokee Laredo in medium blue for 14 years. best vehicle I’ve ever owned traded it with 181,000. Have had 2 more Compass’s since currently have a 2011 with Freedom Drive II. Love it.

  • ZJFamilyMan

    What really has to be recognized is that major mechanical changes came in 1996 not 1995. The NP249 transfer case that was improved in 96′. An improved viscous coupling was introduced which allowed the all time four wheel drive to hold the case in a 50/50 split while the old VC allowed power to advance all the way forward or back, and on open diffs that meant the early ZJ’s could become one wheel drive with the right slip. The new Tcase was also modified so that low range locked the differentials together 50/50.

    Special addition versions aside the Grand Cherokee started seeing interior redesigns in 1996. Subtle changes to the badging and exterior claddings are also apparent across all ZJs during these years.

  • http://www.benholeton.com Ben Holeton

    I loved my Orvis…

  • Charley W

    I currently own a ’97 grand Cherokee Laredo 2×4 4.0L with 232,000+ miles. She’s beat up and showing her age but I love this vehicle and I hope she will last me to 300,000+ miles.

  • Doug

    I love my ZJ 98 5.2 this thing handles like a sports car! my only complaints are all the electrical problems my computer died the headlight switch and if I don’t have the battery at night it drains. other than that there’s no stopping this truck. driving it in the winter I have never ever gotten stuck unless the snow is higher than the door handles…..