Produced with few dramatic changes for three decades, the original “SJ” Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer successfully cemented its place as one of the most iconic vehicles of all time. There comes a time, however, when an archaic vehicle simply cannot be overhauled any further to remain competitive with comfort, convenience, and technological amenities, let alone comply with ever-increasing safety standards. The advanced “ZJ” Grand Cherokee was worthy successor, yet Jeep still had a trick up its sleeve to appease “woodie” Grand Wagoneer lovers.
Enter the 1993 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Little more than a top-line Grand Cherokee with nearly all the option boxes ticked off, the Grand Wagoneer eschewed the Grand Cherokee Limited’s gold-accent lower-body trim and pinstripes in favor of the traditional Di-Noc vinyl woodgrain trim.
Inside, the Grand Wagoneer featured almost Brougham-like overstuffed, quilted seats upholstered in glove-soft leather, loads of more fake wood trim, plus luxuries including automatic climate control, premium sound system, vehicle information screen, and overhead console with compass and outside temperature readings.
Grand Wagoneers were powered by a class-exclusive 5.2-liter V8 making 220 horsepower and 285 lb-ft torque, as well as standard four-wheel drive.
The ZJ Grand Wagoneer, however, proved just a single-year affair. Failing to recapture the specialness of the original SJ Grand Wagoneer, the Grand Cherokee-based Grand Wagoneer ended up looking more like a Chrysler minivan than an exclusive luxury off-roader for the very well-heeled to take to their weekend homes in Hyannis Port or Aspen.
Buyers apparently had moved on from their love affair with fake wood siding, and the ZJ Grand Wagoneer was discontinued with little fanfare after a few thousand units had been produced for the 1993 model year. For nearly a decade now, there has been talk of Jeep reviving the Grand Wagoneer name, but I won’t believe it until I see a production model.
Currently listed on Bring A Trailer auctions, the seller has included this particular Jeep’s history, plus plenty more pictures of this rare final year Jeep Grand Wagoneer.