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Grand CherokeeRubicon and Grand Cherokee Reports and Rumors
Posted by mike on 2002/11/1 0:00:00 (1664) reads

The Wrangler Rubicon is selling better than expected and the future of the Grand Cherokee.

We've recevied several reports from readers over the past few days regarding the future of the Grand Cherokee. Our first report comes from a reader with information about possible sales incentives for current Grand Cherokees as well as what the future may hold for the next-generation...

The current Jeep Grand Cherokee will be discontinued in November, and they (DaimlerChrysler) have authorized a major program that will include promotions, and discounts. Possibly 0% APR for 60 months, and a lower standard payment.

The 2003 (editor's note - we believe it will actually be the 2005) Jeep Grand Cherokee has been speculated to look like the Mercedes truck... not the G-Series. The ML 55.

Another reader sent us some info regarding the 2004 Grand Cherokee:

The 04 WJ will be an early launch with no big changes other than electronics. The 05 will be a [codename] WK and all new.

We've received numerous report regarding the next-generation Grand Cherokee, and it's pretty much all over the map so we're not exactly sure whom to believe.

Moving on to the Wrangler Rubicon, we recently received a reader report regarding the excellent sales of this variant:

Originally quoted as 8,000 units for the 2003 Wrangler Rubicon, sources at DC Headquarters state that due to strong demand (7,000+ orders as of 10/31/02), production targets have been increase to 15,000 Rubicons for 2003, with the ability to ramp up to 24,000 units if needed to meet market demand.

We're a little skeptical of this report only because it was sent to us a few days prior to 10/31/02 - a date mentioned in the text.

Finally, be on the lookout for your neighborhood postal carrier to be driving an all new right-hand-drive postal Wrangler. Here's the scoop from another of our sources:

2003 Wrangler Right Hand Drive Postal Units will be produced again, filling the void that was left from the 2001 Cherokee. These models will be built in two periods, starting in early December 2002 to Janurary 2003, and then again in the 3rd and 4th quarters of the 2003 calendar year, if demand warrants. They will all be equipped as the 24D package- that it, the 6-cylinder Wrangler Sport with the automatic transmissions.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OR Bruce
One more thing. The public seems to be chasing after vehicles that function like station wagons that don't look like family wagons, and SUVs that are just wagons with AWD. I hope Jeep doesn't chase this market around, at least with its core products. The crossover market's getting flooded, and I think a solid base of Jeepers who want real Jeeps will always remain.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jim
I have had a Rubicon on order since 27 Sept 02. After the first few days the order was put on "Restriction" no one can tell me what that means except that there is no jeep headed my way. Just wish Jeep had of listened to Jim Rebb.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Scott
It is unlikely that jeep is going to make more Rubicons than the original 8000. It is my understanding that Jeep hasn't been accepting new orders for the the Rubicon since October 11. My information could be wrong.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Gregory
here is my comment
I finally was able to get a Rubicon. The dealer has only been able to get his hands on two. He also indicated that demand was outpacing supply, and that the total allocation of 8,000 was almost consumed. He did not indicate additional units might be built, but that is to be expected-- he IS a salesman.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: JASON
YOU GUYS SEEM TO FORGET THAT FATHERS HAVE A LOVE FOR JEEPS TOO! RIGHT NOW I HAVE A JEEP TO FIT ALL MY NEEDS. I DRIVE A 87" J-20, 81" J-10 & A 2000 WRANGLER. MY WIFE DRIVES A 98" GRAND CHEROKEE AND THATS OUR FAMILY RIDE. THE PROBLEM WE FACE IS OUR FAMILY IS OUT GROWING THE GRAND. WE NEED A THIRD SEAT AS WELL AS WELL AS TRUNK SPACE.THERE IS NO OTHER BRAND AS CAPABLE IN BAD WEATHER AS JEEP, AS YOU ALL KNOW. WHY WOULDNT I WANT MY FAMILY TO BE TO HAVE THAT LEVEL OF SAFETY? MY WIFE WORKS 20 MILES FROM HOME AND DROPS THE KIDS AT THE SITTERS. WHEN IT SNOWS I DONT HAVE TO WORRY BECAUSE THEIR IN GOOD HANDS. I'VE HAD JEEPS FOR MOST OF MY LIFE AND HAVE DEPENDED ON THEM FOR WORK,FOR PLAY & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.I'VE BEEN LOYAL TO THEM FOR YEARS & NOW I THINK THEY COULD SHOW ME THEY CARE. JEEP IS A GOLDMINE FOR DC THAT HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER.ITS TIME THAT DC ONCE AGAIN BROADENS ITS LINE UP. JEEP HAS PROVEN IF THEY BUILD IT, IT WILL SELL. JEEP OWNERS ARE BY FAR THE MOST BRAND LOYAL CUSTOMERS.AND ITS PRODUCTS THE MOST CAPABLE. IM NOT SAYING TO DO AWAY WITH THE CURRENT GRAND CHEROKEE , IM SAYING ITS TIME FOR A LARGER GRAND WAGONEER. AND USING THE SAME FRAME WORK THE RETURN OF A REAL TRUCK THE J-SERIES! MY TRUCKS ARE GETTING SOME AGE TO THEM AND IM SORRY TO SAY THERES NOTHING OUT THERE THAT WILL CUT IT. I NEED A REAL TRUCK DC ! YOUR NEW DODGE TRUCK FRAMES ARE SO LIGHT IF I'D HOOK MY J-20 UP TO IT WITH A CHAIN THE INSURANCE COMPANY WOULD HAVE TO TOTAL THAT DODGE! AND AS FOR THE REST OF YOU GUYS,TAKE IT EASY ON THE FATHERS HERE. WE ARE ALL A FAMILY. ----JEEP FOREVER--

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jason
Anyone have any further info on the Rubicon?

I'm hoping it's true, as I won't be able to aford one till mid next year...

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OR Bruce
I just got my first Grand Cherokee this April, after 13 years in 3 Cherokees. I like it a lot, it gives up little in off-road capability except for its bigger size and limited corner visibility. It's much smoother on and off road. I sure hope they keep the terrific solid axle quadra-link coil suspension, and don't go all-independent like Mercedes and Ford. The GC rides like a Buick already compared to anything I've had before. I know several people who own them, and until I told them, they assumed it had independent front suspension. I also hope they don't make it any bigger outside. Leave the size and third seat to the Durango, and let the GC remain trail-ready. I'd rather they keep something like the current format, and maybe lower the entry level price a bit. The GC has won numerous 4 X of the year awards for good reason. It works.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Emerson
"The current Jeep Grand Cherokee will be discontinued in November..."

What??? NOT true!! While it's correct that you can no longer special-order a 2003 Grand Cherokee, they will continue to make them until just before the Christmas break. The 2004 model will be on dealer lots in late February to early March. Which means (of course) that 2003 models will be on sale another 4-5 months and of course NOT "discontinued" in November.



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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: CJ5 for me
WTF????? THE GRAND CHEROKEE LOOKING LIKE THAT M CLASS
AP??????????????? i hope this is just a rumor. i like the postal jeeps though
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