Jeep-People - Jeep History - ZJ Grand Cherokee
The ZJ was officially introduced to the American market in March 1992, and was powered by a solid and secure 4.0-liter inline 6 cylinder engine. It differed from its “cousin”, Wrangler, in that it had a self-supporting body that made it more comfortable and practical in urban areas.
This new model arrived in Europe and was commercialized about one year later, in January 1993 when a new and powerful 5.2-liter V8 engine was added. The ZJ’s first redesign occurred 3 years after its European commercialization in January 1996, with the introduction of the new 2.5-liter turbo diesel engine, built by Italy’s VM Motori in Centro, Ferrara.
November 1997 was a month of great significance, as it witnessed the birth of the an engine of ever growing popularity in the Jeeper world, the mighty 5.9 V8 with 241hp.