The Grand Wagoneer was the biggest, most luxurious, most powerful, and most expensive mass-produced 4WD vehicle in the world when it was released in 1984. The average annual income of Grand Wagoneer buyers exceeded $100,000 (in 1990 money), making them Chrysler’s most affluent customers
This was the full size, upscale version of the Jeep XJ Cherokee. The entire interior was covered in either carpet or leather
Featured Selec-Trac full-time 4WD (could switch from 2WD to 4WD with the flick of a switch) and a 5,000 lb towing capacity. The base price was about the same as a Corvette
The plush ride quality is attributed to a comfort-oriented suspension specially engineered for the Grand Wagoneer. The setup included multi-leaf springs, stabilizer bars, front and rear track bars, and gas shock absorbers
The Grand Wagoneer’s powertrain was quite rudimentary for its time – it was one of the last vehicles sold in the U.S with a carburetor. The AMC designed V8 was paired with a 727 3spd auto from Chrysler
Despite the 28 yr old design (dates back to 1963 – one of Jeep’s longest-running production models), the Grand Wagoneer sold well due to its character, lack of competition, V8 power, and its swanky image within society. It was essentially America’s G-Wagon
Even Chrysler, who acquired Jeep in 1987, left the Grand Wagoneer’s aging platform mostly untouched. This is because the Grand Wagoneer had an established customer base, as well as a fat profit margin of $5k to $6k per car (in 1987 money)
All good things must come to an end, however. As one of the last true gas guzzlers (11 MPG), the Grand Wagoneer would have required extensive engineering improvements to comply with 1993 Federal safety laws. It may have been worth the investment, but sales dipped to below 1000 units a month (and declining) during its final years due to lack of customer interest and increased competition
Key Model Year Changes:
Fit and finish is greatly improved over the previous years
A revised A/C compressor replaces the old design (which is prone to leaks and failure)
A ceiling-mounted overhead console (borrowed from Chrysler’s minivans) is added to the interior, featuring much brighter map lights, an outside temperature sensor, a compass, and an infrared remote keyless entry system
A new electrocoat primer provided a more complete coverage of rust proofing
Paint finish switches to a modern 2 stage base/clearcoat
The wood siding is upgraded
1989-91 are generally grouped together in terms of model year changes. These years can usually be identified by a unique (optional) rear window wiper assembly, as well as updated wheels
The biggest production changes occurred back in 1986, which included a redesigned interior, redesigned grille, and new Trak-Lok differential
The V8 engine remained virtually unchanged throughout production
1987 and newer models were sold under Chrysler ownership (vs AMC for the previous years)
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