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Grand Cherokee2002 Grand Cherokee Overland, 2002 Wrangler Changes and More
Posted by mike on 2001/7/18 0:00:00 (677) reads



We're back from our summer vacation, so let's get right back into things with some notes from around the Jeep World:

A reader tipped us off to a report in "Automotive News" that reads in part:

Jeep will expand its range with new models but is mum about its plans. But the compact Liberty sport-utility - aimed at younger, richer consumers - hints at Jeep's new philosophy. Meanwhile, the next-generation Grand Cherokee will be developed jointly with Mercedes' M class.

Our friends over at the All Fours Jeep Club have a list of all the changes in the 2002 Wrangler. Among the changes are a new model with a 4.0L engine and cloth seats standard and changes to some of the optional equipment including wheels, exterior colors, and sound systems. Here's the link with the complete list: http://www.jeepclub.co.uk/news/2002tj.html

The All Fours Jeep Club also tipped us off to an article that says that due to bugdetary restraints, new versions of the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee have been dropped for the present time. Here's a snippet:

When they were first planned, the all-new Wrangler (TK) and Grand Cherokee (WK/YK) were to be based loosely on the new Jeep Libertyís platform. The Liberty is a new vehicle that strays from Jeepís traditional solid-axle chassis setup by using an independent front suspension (IFS). A small number of Jeep purists have raised concerns that the IFS lessens the off-road capabilities of the vehicle, particularly in extreme rock-crawling situations, which require a high degree of suspension articulation. However, the on-road dynamics of the Liberty are far superior to those of the Cherokee, which the Liberty was supposed to replace.

Check out the whole article.

We've recently received some information about a new version of the Grand Cherokee for the 2002 model year, dubbed the "Overland". Here's a snippet:

Thought you might want to know about the Top dog offering at Jeep. It will be called the Overland it will come standard with a beefed up version of the 4.7V8 word is it will put out over 250hp. It will be loaded with a lot on new luxury options, such as Real wood trim, wood and leather steering wheel, rain sensing windshield wipers, two tone leather seats, side airbag curtain front and rear, standard up country suspension, and more.

We'll have more details on this cool-sounding Grand Cherokee in the next few days...

 

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Ron
The Wrangler, and any future type that replaces, it needs to steer clear from an IFS set-up. IFS is great for the yuppie SUV road crowd, but not for the all unique Jeep Wrangler platform.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Joe Nos
Is the new Land Rover Freelancer going to have a LO gear??? I'm a real man, so I will need it.

Joe "always" Nos

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: XJKen
Good news {sort of}, I just finished reading the entire article of the above story. It states
that the next Grand and Wrangler that were to be
losely based on the Liberty have been cancelled.
It also states that both vehicles will remain on
their solid axles indefinitely. Are these not the
same guys who less than a year ago said the XJ
wuold be built indefinitely also. We all know how that turned out. Besides the same article
says that the next Grand will share platforms with the Mercedes M-Class. Does this mean the
Grand will be built on a Mercedes platform or that
the M-Class will be built on a Chrysler platform.
In my opinion the only thing worse for Jeep other than
another soft Jeep like the Liberty would be a Jeep
built on a German platform. Also on the flip side
how many Mercedes enthusiast would embrace an
M-Class built on an American platform. Who do you think is going to get screwed on this one.
Further proof that the old saying "It's a JEEP
THING....you wouldn't understand !" applies best
to the very people running the show in Germany.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Supereior Being
Please excuse Superior Beings typos..
I get very careless when I'm being
superior..

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Get A Life
I think its been stated enough that you think Jeep is going soft. Now stop with the redundant comments and think of something new to say.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bob
Originally (at least a year ago), I had heard
that the "Overland" was a trick, height-adjustable
suspension, to be offered (as an option?) on the
next Grand Cherokee. It was somewhat unclear,
however, as to whether the suspension was
independent or solid.

Now it appears that it will be a separate GC
model. I'm wondering if it will have this trick
suspensio

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: RS
Its time we all face the facts, its all about platform sharing, the next Wrangler and Grand Cherokee will share platforms with the M class and look like the VW "Thing". I would like to hear form Dieters lips the Wrangler wont change and go or look weird or Wimpy.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Get A Life
I'm not saying they theses opinions about IFS are wrong. In fact I own a solid axle Grand Cherokee and a far superior Discovery. My comment was only to say that posts need to break some new ground or what's the point. Most people here, like myself, believe Jeeps should not have IFS. But that does not mean every has to post the same comments.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Superior being
Hey, Get a life, if you don't like hearing the
truth, or for that matter don't like someones
opinion, return to Plymouth Voyager site where
undoubtedly be happier....

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: 60th TJ
Jeep is looking to expand with new models? How about a Scrambler-type vehicle based on the TJ to blow that ugly looking Explorer Sport-Trac off the road? How about building the Dakar? Or will DC continue to tarnish the indestructible Jeep badge with more "soft-road" vehicles like the Liberty. If you want car-like handling, buy a car. If you want to haul all the kids to soccer practice, buy a minivan. If you want to go anywhere and do anything, buy a JEEP!
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