JEEP CHEROKEE (XJ):
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.