THE 1980’S

Sharp Magazine Middle East (English) - - Auto -


When the all-new XJ series made its de­but in 1984, it scored an un­prece­dented sweep of the “4x4 of the Year” awards from three pri­mary off-road mag­a­zines. A rev­o­lu­tion­ary ve­hi­cle, it was 21-inches shorter, 6-inches nar­rower, 4-inches lower, and 1,000 pounds lighter than the full-size Wagoneer (SJ) and was built with a rev­o­lu­tion­ary uniframe in­stead of a tra­di­tional chas­sis-and­frame. It was also the first ve­hi­cle with two avail­able 4x4 sys­tems - Com­mand-trac® Part-time and Selec-trac® Full-time 4x4.

JEEP WRAN­GLER (YJ): In 1983, the grow­ing mar­ket for com­pact four-wheel-drive ve­hi­cles still sought the util­i­tar­ian virtues of the Jeep CJ series, but con­sumers were also seek­ing more of the “crea­ture com­forts” found in pas­sen­ger cars. The re­sponse was to in­tro­duce the 1987 Jeep Wran­gler (YJ). Al­though it shared the fa­mil­iar open-body pro­file of the CJ-7, it con­tained few com­mon parts with its fa­mous pre­de­ces­sor, and me­chan­i­cally had more in com­mon with the Chero­kee.

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