Today’s Rare Ride is an early instance of the Cherokee, constructed whereas AMC was nonetheless alive and well-ish. And it simply so occurs to be the identical coloration and trim because the Comanche pickup featured right here not too long ago.

And it’s nearly manufacturing facility contemporary.

AMC began work on its new compact SUV within the late Seventies, when a bunch of engineers (some from Renault) began sketching an all-new Jeep as successor to the full-size Cherokee the corporate already produced. The Euro-American collaboration proceeded to the mock-up stage, with clay our bodies based mostly on the extant SJ Cherokee/Wagoneer. AMC assigned Dick Teague to complete off the Cherokee’s seems to be, and likewise instructed him to work up a four-door model. While the mission was ongoing, AMC heard in regards to the two-door S-10 Blazer coming from GM and wished to one-up The General.

The design was the primary unibody 4×4 automobile exterior of army use and meant the XJ was way more fashionable than the body-on-frame SJ it changed. The new Jeep was 31 inches shorter, six inches narrower, and weighed 1,200 fewer kilos. Though it was a lot smaller, the inside measurement was 90 % of the SJ’s because of the packaging efficiencies of unibody development. It was additionally extra succesful off-road with better wheel articulation, and a newly designed Quadra-Link suspension which lowered the tendency to roll over.

Upon introduction for the mannequin 12 months 1984, the XJ Cherokee was an instantaneous home gross sales success. It additionally discovered gross sales success in different international locations and was the primary Jeep formally exported to the European market. Part of its enchantment overseas was right down to extra fuel-efficient engines than sometimes present in American SUVs. The base engine was a 2.5-liter inline-four from AMC, together with the two.8-liter V6 from the S-10 early on. The largest engine on provide was the confirmed 4.0-liter I6 from AMC. Two completely different diesels have been supplied, a 2.1 from Renault, and a 2.5 from VM Motori, although neither discovered favor within the American market.

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Worth a point out is the prolonged manufacturing of the XJ Cherokee overseas. Though Jeep wrapped up the XJ in 2001 domestically, it lived on at three manufacturers in China, all of which produced their very own model. Shuanghuan made their XJ by means of 1997, Beijing Jeep by means of 2005, and BAW saved one in manufacturing by means of 2014. Cherokee was additionally produced till the early 2000s in Argentina, Egypt, and Venezuela.

AMC produced the Cherokee till 1987 when Chrysler took the helm, and ultimately, manufacturing was completed underneath Daimler Chrysler. The XJ’s official successor within the mannequin 12 months 2002 was the Liberty, which was extra pleasant on the street, however much less pleasant off it and by no means captured the worldwide enchantment of its older brother. The magic was form of gone.

Today’s Rare Ride is a lower-middle Pioneer trim from 1985, with a festive tweedy inside in pink and off-white. Looking virtually new, it’s seen just below 48,000 miles in 35 years. Equipped with an computerized and the two.5-liter engine, this Jeep’s yours for $12,500.

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