Vintage Jeep Grand One Concept At The 2017 Easter Jeep Safari: Photos, Exclusive Video, OpinionsPosted in Moab Experience: 2017 on April 13, 2017
The Jeep Grand One was one of seven concepts that Jeep and Mopar brought to the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. It was built to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Grand Cherokee with a modernized spin on a 1993 ZJ. Some of its features include a 5.2L V-8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, front and rear lockers, a 2-inch suspension lift, 33-inch tires, and an extended wheelbase. Grand One also has an old-school car phone and a cassette player.
Here you can see a collection of detailed photos, exclusive video, and our opinions on the Grand One. Make sure to check out the other six concepts that Jeep and Mopar brought to Moab here at fourwheeler.com!
Ken Brubaker, editor, Four Wheeler: “I’m old enough to remember seeing a brand-new ZJ on display at the Chicago Auto Show. I was transfixed then and I was transfixed when I saw Grand One. It looked as though the Jeep team had a lot of fun designing this rig. I love the nimble size of the ZJ and Grand One’s mods improve the rig’s functionality both on-road and off.”
Jake Headlee, contributor, The Enthusiast Network: “The Grand One is my favorite concept of EJS 2017. The retro theme was executed extremely well. It works well off-road and I definitely knew I was driving a legitimate Grand Cherokee when the check engine light came on. From the custom flares, plaid headliner, tape deck and the JK steering wheel to get rid of the tissue box-style factory unit, I want it.”
Sean Holman, content director of Truck & Off-Road Group, The Enthusiast Network: “Being a teenager in the ’90s, this one tugs at the heart strings a bit. Who can forget that the cool kids got the hand-me-down Grands from their moms instead of Explorers and minivans, and the modern take on the laced wheels are an especially nice touch. The third brake light is not to be missed, as are the RHCP, Stussy, and pastel MTV stickers hidden about. We’ll take our blinker fluid on the rocks.”
Rick Pewe, editor, Jp: “How nice to be able to travel back to the future in a Jeep, not an import pickup? Instantly the design cues pull you in with a generous portion of glass vs sheetmetal, so lacking in today’s slab-sided world. Sliding into the seat is like going home; a thousand times I’ve slid into the perfectly familiar interior and old-fashioned theme, right down to the OGZJ sticker. While all of the contemporary vehicles are now cast-offs from society, a ZJ can still hold it’s on the trail as well as everyday use. She’s a keeper.”
Fred Williams, editor-at-large, 4-Wheel & Off-Road: “The Grand One is classic Jeep design, both in that it is a classic and that it embodies the humor of Mark Allen’s Jeep Design department. They made it proportional with the slight lift and slight stretched wheelbase, but they also threw in a dozen ’90s-era Easter eggs with funny stickers, cassette tape, and even a retro car phone. It has 25-year-old rattles, but the 5.2 V-8 has a satisfying rumble that only early Grands had. Having never been a Grand Cherokee owner this would make me consider perusing the Craigslist ads for a future project. But I still would’ve stuffed a 5.9 under the hood.”