Luxury SUVs gained popularity in the 1990s. However, their origin dates back to the 1960s when Jeep introduced the 1966 Jeep Super Wagoneer and added luxury features and equipment to this off-road vehicle. At that time, luxury cars were distinguished from mainstream ones by features such as bucket seats, center consoles, tilt steering wheels, gold exterior trims, vinyl roofs, and air conditioning, and the Wagoneer had them all.
The Wagoneer was popular but lost its appeal as people became more conscious about fuel efficiency. Its production ended in 1991, and in 1992, Jeep introduced the Grand Cherokee to replace it. The Grand Cherokee was a midsize SUV with luxury features and Jeep’s renowned four-wheel drive capability in a more efficient and compact package.
The Grand Cherokee is currently in its fifth generation, and despite changes in engines, suspension systems, and other automotive technologies, it has always remained true to its heritage. When you get behind the wheel of a Grand Cherokee, you can be confident you’re driving an SUV capable of handling the most challenging terrain while providing comfort and support.
The Grand Cherokee has been available in two- and four-wheel-drive models for decades. While drivers who stick to the streets and highways appreciate its comfortable ride, its off-road capabilities impress those who opt for the four-wheel drive models.
In 2004, Jeep introduced the Trail Rated badge. To earn this badge, a vehicle must pass a series of rugged off-road tests covering water fording, maneuverability, articulation, ground clearance, and traction. These five areas represent the hallmarks of a top-quality off-road vehicle.
Many late-model Grand Cherokees have one of three four-wheel-drive systems: Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, or Quadra-Drive II. These systems vary in different ways.
The Quadra-Trac I 4×4 System operates in a full-time high-range mode with help from a single-speed transfer case and a brake lock differential.
It works without any driver input to distribute traction when situations change. The system splits the power through a center differential: 48% of the power goes to the front and 52% to the rear.
The Quadra-Trac II 4×4 System utilizes a two-speed transfer case, a brake lock differential, and a four-wheel brake-traction control system to transfer torque to the axle that needs it most. This system has drive modes for locking the front and rear driveshafts for low-speed power, rock crawling, and towing.
Quadra-Trac II’s drive modes adapt to different conditions and driving styles. Auto mode works for normal driving conditions; sport mode adjusts your throttle, steering, and suspension for a more exciting driving experience; snow mode helps you drive safely during wintry weather; and sand/mud mode improves traction and stability when driving on soft, slippery surfaces.
While Quadra-Trac systems toggle between two- and four-wheel drive, Quadra-Drive II always operates in four-wheel-drive mode. Additionally, the system can send up to 100% of torque to the wheels that need it most or balance the distribution for optimal performance.
Quadra-Drive II’s active electronic transfer case, rear electronic limited-slip differential, and fully automatic high range make four-wheeling a breeze.
The Grand Cherokee was a two-row SUV until 2021 when Jeep offered the Grand Cherokee L with a third row. Regardless of passenger capacity, the Grand Cherokee offers increasingly luxurious features as you rise through the trims.
For instance, lower models might have premium cloth or leather-trimmed seats, while top-tier models often have prestigious nappa leather in various colors and stitching patterns. You usually find Grand Cherokee SUVs with refined features such as heated and ventilated seats with massage and memory functions.
Three-row models can seat seven people with the standard second-row captain’s chairs, which are also heated. Alternatively, you can opt for a bench seat to fit eight people. In either case, the cargo hold is aligned with industry standards and is exceptional when the second and third rows are folded flat.
Driver-assist technologies have become so popular over the last decade that automakers now include them as standard features. Most late-model Grand Cherokees have full-speed forward collision warning with active braking and adaptive cruise control.
Other popular systems include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane-keep assist. The newest Grand Cherokee models have Hands-Free Active Driving Assist, a semi-autonomous driving system that will steer, accelerate, and brake for you on approved roads. Other modern systems include Drowsy Driver Detection and Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist.
Jeep owners often customize their vehicles with off-road equipment. Fortunately, Jeep has an expansive inventory of approved aftermarket parts and accessories from Mopar to outfit your Grand Cherokee to reflect your style. Or you can always visit our parts department and speak with a technician about your requirements. We have a comprehensive inventory of Grand Cherokee accessories, and if we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can order it for quick delivery.
Also, during production, you can equip a new Grand Cherokee with a range of factory-installed upgrades, such as wheels, engines, winches, and lighting systems.
Arkansas sees plenty of snow during winter, and spring rains can make the local clay soils slippery. Even during the dog days of summer, the off-road tracks challenge drivers in various ways. No matter what conditions you encounter, you’ll have more confidence driving a Grand Cherokee with four-wheel drive.
Our Campbell Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM dealership has an expansive selection of Grand Cherokee SUVs at competitive prices. Our models include two- and three-row Grand Cherokee SUVs with all the luxury features you deserve. We also have a great selection of Grand Cherokee 4xe, Jeep’s plug-in-hybrid powertrain, which boosts horsepower and torque while improving fuel economy.
We invite you to browse our inventory online. Or, if you prefer a more personalized approach, you can visit our Alcoa Road showroom and speak with a Jeep expert. They’ll answer your questions and let you take your preferred Jeep for a test drive.