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Jeep Grand Cherokee – WJ

The redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee – WJ shared just 127 parts with its predecessor (mostly fasteners). The spare tire was relocated from the side of the cargo compartment to under the floor. The two heavy pushrodV8 engines were replaced by Chrysler’s then-new PowerTech. New V8 engine produced less torque than the old pushrods, but was lighter, offered better fuel economy, and provided similar on road performance figures (the 23-gallon fuel tank was replaced with one of a 20.5-gallon capacity). The Inline 6 engine was also updated in 1999. A redesign of the intake manifold added 10 horsepower (7.5 kW)

Jeep Grand Cherokee – WJ Models

The Laredo served as the base Jeep Grand Cherokee – WJ trim level from 1999 to 2004, and still continues to be the base Grand Cherokee trim level to this day. A very well-equipped model, the Laredo offered these features as standard equipment: the 4.0L Power-Tech Inline Six-Cylinder (I6) engine, a 4-speed automatic transmission, sixteen-inch (16″) alloy wheels, an A/M-F/M stereo with cassette (1999-2001) or CD players (2002-2004), wood interior trim (1999-2000) or aluminum interior trim (2001-2004), keyless entry, power windows and door locks, cloth seating surfaces, air conditioning, a split-folding 60/40/60 rear bench seat, gray-painted front and rear bumpers and body-side cladding trim panels, and more. After 1999, the Laredo 26D Package was dropped, leaving the Laredo 26E/28E Packages as the base Grand Cherokee packages, and adding a standard overhead Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC/VIC) and overhead console. Many features that were available on the luxurious Limited trim could also be optioned on the base Laredo trim. For 2001 only, a New England Special Group was available for Grand Cherokees equipped with the 26E Package. The package, which was indicated by the sales code ACJ, added features to the base model Grand Cherokee such as P235/65R17 BSW all-season performance tires, seventeen-inch (17″) sport alloy wheels (both options of which were also available with the 26S and 28S Packages, an A/M-F/M stereo with cassette and CD players with integrated remote CD changer controls, and a 3.73 rear axle ratio. The New England Special Group was available exclusively in select Northeastern states.

The Limited served as the top-of-the-line Jeep Grand Cherokee – WJ trim level from 1999 to 2001, and the more “luxurious” Grand Cherokee trim level from 2002 to 2004. It added these features: color-keyed body-side trim cladding panels and front and rear bumpers, a premium 180-watt Infinity Gold stereo system with 6 speakers, leather seating surfaces, dual power front bucket seats, a full-sized spare tire and spare wheel, a security alarm, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted remote audio system controls, driver’s 2-position memory (color-coded keyless entry remotes), wood interior trim, and more.

The Sport was the lowest-priced trim level of the Jeep Grand Cherokee – WJ in 2002. Offered only for 2002, the Sport was aimed at value-oriented customers who wanted a very well-equipped vehicle at a modest price point. It added these features to the base Laredo trim: dual power front heated bucket seats, leather seating surfaces, an A/M-F/M stereo with cassette and CD players, a premium 180-watt Infinity Gold audio system with 6 speakers, a full-sized spare tire and spare wheel, a ‘sport’ emblem on the tailgate, a security alarm, a power sunroof, and more. Cloth seating surfaces, deleted heated front bucket seats, a deleted cassette player, and a deleted sunroof could be had for credit in place of the standard options they replaced.

The Special Edition was a value-oriented trim level of the Grand Cherokee in 2002 and in 2004. Based on the base Laredo trim, the Special Edition added these features: a full-sized spare tire and spare wheel, power dual front bucket seats, an A/M-F/M stereo with cassette and CD players, color-keyed body-side cladding panels and front and rear bumpers, a security alarm, and ‘Special Edition’ emblems on both front doors.

The Freedom was a value-oriented trim level of the Grand Cherokee between 2003 and 2004. Based on the base Laredo trim, the Freedom added these features: a full-sized spare tire and spare wheel, seventeen-inch (17″) graphite-finished alloy wheels, unique cloth seating surfaces, dual power front bucket seats, an A/M-F/M stereo with cassette and CD players, a premium 180-watt Infinity Gold audio system with 6 speakers, and ‘Freedom’ emblems on both front doors.

The Columbia Edition was a partnership between Jeep and sportswear manufacturer Columbia in 2004. Based on the base Laredo trim, the Columbia Edition added these features: a full-sized spare tire and spare wheel, seventeen-inch (17″) alloy wheels, unique two-toned cloth seating surfaces, dual power front bucket seats, an A/M-F/M stereo with cassette and CD players, a premium 180-watt Infinity Gold audio system with 6 speakers, Bright Silver Metallic-painted body-side cladding panels and front and rear bumpers, and ‘Columbia Edition’ emblems on both front doors. Columbia Edition buyers also received a complimentary Columbia parka at the time of delivery of their new vehicle.

The Overland was the top-of-the-line Grand Cherokee trim level between 2002 and 2004. It added these features to the already-luxurious Limited trim level: an A/M-F/M stereo with cassette and CD players, a ten-disc remote rear-mounted CD changer, unique seventeen-inch (17″) chrome-plated alloy wheels, unique leather-and-suede seating surfaces, dual power heated front bucket seats, a matching spare wheel, ‘Overland’ emblems on both front doors and the tailgate, a power sunroof, and the higher-output 4.7L Power-Tech V8 engine, which could also be had on the Limited trim.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee – WJ 60th Anniversary Edition was manufactured to commemorate Jeep‘s 60th anniversary in 2001. It added these features to the luxurious Limited trim level: unique seventeen-inch (17″) “Rogue” chrome-plated alloy wheels, ’60th Anniversary Edition’ emblems on both upper front fenders, heated front bucket seats, a power sunroof, an A/M-F/M stereo with cassette and CD players, a matching spare wheel, and ’60th Anniversary Edition’-embroidered front bucket seats.