The XJ Cherokee was introduced in 1984 as the first unibody Jeep.
Designs of the XJ Cherokee date back to 1978 when a team of
American Motors (AMC) and Renault engineers drew several sketches.
A few clay models were based on the existing SJ Cherokee. Early
sketches of the XJ Cherokee had an European influence, and most of
the styling cues were done by AMC engineers.
A variation on the Cherokee from 1984 through 1990 was the Jeep
Wagoneer. It was sold in two trim levels: the Wagoneer and the
Wagoneer Limited. Both Wagoneers were distinguished from the
Cherokee by the four headlights. The Wagoneer Limited came with
vinyl wood trim on the sides.
The ZJ Grand Cherokee models, manufactured from 1993 to 1998,
originally came in three general trims, the Base, Laredo, and the
Limited. The Base model offered basic features such as full
instruments, cloth interior, a standard five-speed manual transmission,
while soon gaining the moniker SE name in 1994. Creature comforts
like power windows and locks were not standard equipment on the SE,
although conveniences like these were finally included in 1995; a
somewhat contrasting pricetag with minimal production numbers
resulted with low consumer demand and dropping the now-uncommon
bare-bone model indefinitely. The Laredo was the mid-scale model
(essentially becoming base model after 1996), standard features
included added body cladding power windows, power door locks, and
cruise control; exterior features displayed a medium grey plastic lower
body paneling and five-spoke aluminum wheels. The Limited was the
premium model, with the lower body paneling being the same color as
the vehicle color. The Limited also boasted standard features such as
leather seating, optional power sunroof, mirrors, seats, and remote
keyless entry system; heated mirrors, and heated seats, a basic onboard
computer; and waffle-like cast aluminum wheels.