The vehicle was pretty advanced for its time, with an overhead cam engine and independent front suspension these features were however discontinued due to mechanical issues later on. Visually, a big change was made during the 1970 model year, by replacing the metal grill with a new plastic grill with an egg crate pattern instead of vertical bars. Chrysler also introduced an electrocoat primer for better rust proofing and all exterior colors were now applied in a two-stage base-clearcoat system. Always pampered and serviced garage Queen. So Long, Station Wagon The Jeep Station Wagon was old by then, so Jeep chucked it entirely and started all over with a Jeep Gladiator, a Jeep was making anyway.
It featured a long list of standard equipment including a 5. The metal glove box door was also replaced with a plastic door featuring a woodgrain overlay. The print looks like a photo reproduction blown up at high resolution, and touched up with a photo editing program like Photoshop. On the inside were new tan or cordovan trims that replaced the honey and garnet colors, while the interior assist pulls on the door panels were removed. Compared with offerings from , , , and — which were producing utilitarian work-oriented vehicles with spartan truck-like interiors — the Wagoneer's luxury set it apart.
Development took three years and cost around 20 million. The Custom had steel wheels with hubcaps, standard equipment was pared down, and it had part-time four-wheel drive. While it made less power, it returned greater economy, but this lower-compression version was phased out within a year. The reason why the Wagoneer was so successful was due to the fact that it created its own niche: while the competition produced only off-road vehicles or only utility vehicles, Jeep equipped its car with luxury trim that allowed the car to enter every day use. Its 28-year production run was the third-longest in automotive history, and now Jeep is bringing it back. Instead, Chrysler dressed up the Wagoneer even more, upgrading the wood siding and the wheels, and switching to a basecoat-clearcoat paint system. However, the most significant change was the installation of a fully revamped interior including a new dashpad, new instrumentation, new door panel design, shorter nap cut-pile carpeting, new leather and corduroy seat cover designs and front seats that now featured adjustable headrests.
So the idea of trying to convert loyal Grand Wagoneer owners to the Grand Cherokee makes sense, but this is completely the wrong way to do it. Trim it up with some chrome and woodgrain and, voila, the Jeep Wagoneer. At the end of 1968, the slow-selling two-door versions were also discontinued. The bones of a truck, the heart of a muscle car, and the tailoring of a luxury sedan. The Wagoneer continued to sell relatively well after production dropped to 10,481 in 1980, but increased to 13,741 in 1981, 18,709 in 1982, and 18,478 in 1983. The switch activated a vacuum-activated spline clutch that was built into the transfer case that engaged the front axle assembly.
The reason why the Wagoneer was so successful was due to the fact that it created its own niche: while the competition produced only off-road vehicles or only utility vehicles, Jeep equipped its car with luxury trim that allowed the car to enter every day use. Thus, at the end of 1984, production reached 20,019 with just one fully equipped version available. Later model, low mileage, rust free Grand Wagoneers are rare and have become highly collectable with some pristine examples selling for more than their original sticker price over three decades after they rolled off the assembly line. In turn, they forgot about Jeep, instead buying the Land Rover Defender or just a refurbished Grand Wagoneer in the ensuing years. It was replaced by the smaller. I am instead referring to the 1993 Grand Wagoneer, which was really just a rebadged Grand Cherokee.
Archived from on 24 September 2015. This replaced the , whose sales had not met expectations despite an extensive 1972 revamp. Wagoneers placed first and second in the first-ever running of the rally in 1973. Absolutely rust southern California Car. A Grand Wagoneer also competed in the 9,000-mile 1988 Trans-Amazon Rally.
The two-barrel, 360 cu in 5. A total of 17,814 Grand Wagoneers were built for 1985. I might have seen one of these in the Pacific Northwest, but not sure. So, to keep things familiar when the Grand Cherokee came out, Jeep created a trim level designed to capture Grand Wagoneer buyers. A shift lever mounted on the side of the transmission hump allowed the driver to shift between four-high and four-low with the vehicle moving, although the transmission had to be shifted to neutral and the vehicle had to be moving at less than 5 miles per hour to accomplish this.
While it made less power, it returned greater economy, but this lower-compression version was phased out within a year. The Wagoneer has proven to be culturally trenchant. At first, it offered many body types, suspension, and drivetrain options. The model was dropped for 1994, leaving the Grand Cherokee Limited as the top-of-the-line Jeep. Michael Manley, head of the Jeep brand, told in July that Jeep would be introducing Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models after 2019.