Having the right product, just at the moment that customers want them, is the essence of business, and in this regards Chrysler has positioned itself better than other manufacturers over the last 30 years or so, taking advance of every passing fad or lasting trend in the markets. Take the early 90s; SUVs were exploding on the scene, sometimes literally, and Chrysler, having taken over AMC in 1987, found itself with the Jeep name on its hands, the most famous off-roading brand in the world at a time when people were lapping up this stuff. Enter the 1992 Jeep Cherokee, soon followed by the Grand Cherokee. Based on relatively ancient truck bodies, and with very effective but crude suspension, the Cherokees had a massive impact on the SUV and automobile market, contributing enormously to Chrysler’s revival.
Before the powerful V8 versions came on the scene, both Cherokee versions were powered by an adequate, if far from exciting straight-six engine, with a 4-liter displacement and 184 horsepower. They had plenty of torque, an attribute essential to low-speed power and crucial to their function as all-terrain vehicles. The Cherokee could reach a top speed of 113 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 mph in about 10.5 seconds.
The 1992 Jeep Cherokee was certainly built by Chrysler, but it was still very much a Jeep, thanks to a cultivated and approved-of independent streak in that division of the company.