<strong>1993 Grand Cherokee Laredo ZJ</strong><br />
The Grand Cherokee began development in the '80s as an eventual replacement for the XJ, but the lack of development money within AMC slowed its progress. The Chrysler infusion speeded things up in some ways and slowed it down in others. It might have made the market in 1990 or 1991, but the addition of the 5.2L V-8 to the options list took some extra time. Rolled out in early 1992 as a '93 model, the ZJ was an instant hit on all levels. The base engine was the 4.0L I-6 and the 5.2L was the top dog. A high-luxury Grand Wagoneer version, complete with woodgrain side panels, was also trotted out as a special model to replace the recently retired SJ, but it didn't fly for long and lasted only through the '93 model year. Its place in the line was taken by the Limited model, which was sans woodgrain.