25th Anniversary of the Jeep Cherokee - Cherokee BashPosted in Events on April 1, 2009 Comment (0)
It is hard to believe, but 2008 marked the 25th anniversary of the Jeep that changed the face of the auto industry. In 1983, as a '84 model, Jeep introduced the unibody-framed four-door, four-wheel-drive utility vehicle. We are talking about the XJ Cherokee of course, and as soon as it was introduced it was a hit. Shift-on-the-fly 4WD, affordable price, seating for four and decent mileage numbers made it a favorite for young and budding families everywhere.
Fast forward 10 years, the used Cherokee was hitting the market at very affordable prices, the 104-inch wheelbase, front coil springs, rear leaf springs and extra cargo space found a home in the hearts of the off-road oriented enthusiast.
The North American XJ Association (NAXJA) pays tribute to the Jeep Cherokee and is a major player in the off-road world. Every year NAXJA throws an event in Moab, Utah, in the fall and for this milestone, we had to check it out. If you have a Cherokee or even a regular Jeep and have an open mind, check out NAXJA to meet great Jeepers and maybe even attend this event next year.