Jeeps through the years
Jeep is owned by Chrysler, which, along with Ford and General Motors, is one of the U.S. biggest automakers. The company was founded in 1925 when Walter P. Chrysler absorbed the deteriorating Maxwell Motor Company into the Chrysler Corporation. The Jeep brand debuted in 1941 with military off-road vehicles, and expanded production to include civilian vehicles in 1945.
The 1948 Jeep Jeepster featured a four-cylinder engine, sun visors and whitewall tires. Originally, the Jeepster only offered rear-wheel drive.
The 1949 Jeep Willys Station Wagon could be purchased with either the "Lightning" straight-six or the "Hurricane" inline-four piston engines. Both engines were produced by Willys-Overland Motors, an automotive design and production company founded in 1908.
The Jeep pickup truck was originally produced in two- and four-wheel drive models with front-engine designs, but the two-wheel drive model was discontinued in 1950.
Boasting several innovative features, the 1963 Jeep Wagoneer was a pioneer of the Jeep brand. The Wagoneer was the first 4x4 vehicle with automatic transmission and an independent front suspension, the first vehicle with an overhead-cam, six-cylinder truck engine and the first vehicle to have an automatic full-time four-wheel drive system.
The 1972 Jeep Commando was available with three different engine types: the 3.8-liter or 4.2-liter straight-six or the 5-liter V-8, all of which were built by the American Motors Corporation. The Commando was discontinued in 1973.
A special model of both the CJ-5 and CJ-7 series, the 1979 Jeep CJ-7 Golden Eagle featured either a 2.4-liter diesel or a 258 cubic-inch, straight-six engine and a wheelbase that is 10 inches longer than the CJ-5.
Well known for its wood-paneled exterior and full-size SUV body, the 1984 Jeep Grand Wagoneer was produced from 1984 to 1991.
The 1994 Jeep Wrangler, also known as the YJ model, featured a two-door, bucket-seat design, an eight-valve, fuel injection engine and a manual transmission with five speeds.
The 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee was the first generation Jeep of the ZJ series. The car was available in three different trim packages: the Base "SE," which included steel wheels, vinyl seats and manual locks and windows, the Laredo, which included power windows and locks, alloy wheels and an AM/FM radio, and the Limited, the top-of-the-line package that included gold or silver alloy wheels and a six-speaker, 120-watt amplifier sound system.
According to Chrysler, design cues of the 2006 Jeep Commander were inspired by (back row, from left to right) the 1946 Willys Station Wagon, the 1963 Jeep Wagoneer and the 1984 Jeep Cherokee. The Commander features a rear-wheel drive, a five-speed, automatic transmission and seats up to seven passengers.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee strayed from Jeep’s iconic boxy design for a more modernized, aerodynamic style. Aside from the aggressive new look, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a 6-Liter, V-6 24-Valve VVT engine, five-speed automatic transmission and front and rear sensor-assisted cameras.