The American automobile manufacturer Jeep gained notoriety with the introduction of the military Jeeps during

They were one of the forerunners of the tough off-roader SUV, and their versions quickly 

became popular with buyers looking for a stylish lifestyle vehicle that could go anywhere.

By the 1980s at the time Chrysler bought Jeep, Jeep had begun to alter its approach

Jeep models had previously been very specialised. When Jeep saw how well-received Ford's Explorer

was, they made the decision to respond with their own interpretation of the mid-size SUV design.

Their response was the Grand Cherokee. Right off the bat, the original Grand Cherokee had one unique

while basically every other SUV at the time still used a traditional body-on-frame construction