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Jeep Used to Sell a Woody Grand Cherokee


If you own a new Jeep Grand Cherokee, you probably think of your noble midsize SUV as a cool family hauler with impressive off-road capabilities, a lot of power and cutting-edge gadgets and features. But did you know it once came with wood paneling?

That’s right: For the 1993 model year — and only the 1993 model year — you could get the Jeep Grand Cherokee as a woody. See the 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee models for sale near you

Here’s what happened: Throughout the 1980s, Jeep sold the Grand Wagoneer midsize SUV as a wood-paneled family hauler, and everyone seemed to like it, until finally in 1991 it became very clear that you could no longer legitimately offer a new vehicle with a carburetor. So Jeep ditched the Grand Wagoneer and replaced it with the far more modern Grand Cherokee, which sold in much higher numbers.

But at that time in 1993, Jeep wasn’t so sure how the Grand Cherokee would be accepted — so they decided to appease anyone who complained that the Grand Wagoneer was gone. They did this by giving the Grand Cherokee the woody treatment: wood paneling.

Obviously, this wasn’t real wood but rather slabs of wood-colored plastic that ran down the sides and rear of the special 1993 Grand Cherokee — which was called, interestingly enough, the “Grand Wagoneer.” Not surprisingly, the Grand Cherokee-ified Grand Wagoneer didn’t really find any interested buyers, and Jeep ditched the idea after one short model year. But those 1993 Grand Wagoneers live on today as our last reminder of a bygone era when wood-paneled vehicles used to commonly roam our streets.

Fortunately, they don’t have a carburetor. Find a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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5 COMMENTS
  1. My aunt had BOTH the Grand Wagoneer and Grand Cherokee woodies. IIRC she traded one in for the other. The Wagoneer was better… 

  2. They also made a Cherokee called the Briarwood! I happen to own one if would like to drive it. It has undergone a minor restoration, I would send a picture but I don’t know how.

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