Jeep’s Grand Cherokee debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 1992, as a 1993 model. The first SUV offered with a unit body — as opposed to body-on-frame construction like the trucks of that era, the Grand Cherokee was less expensive to produce, as well as lighter, stronger and crashworthier than its competitors.
To make the world aware of the existence of this whole new kind of Jeep, Chrysler president, “Maximum” Bob Lutz (which coincidentally rhymes with nuts) drove the Grand Cherokee up the steps of Detroit’s Cobo Hall with the city’s then-mayor, Coleman Young, riding shotgun. The pair then proceeded to smash the Jeep through one of the plate glass windows of the exhibition hall.
In the years since, there have been four generations of Jeep’s flagship offered. The current iteration (Gen-4) was introduced in 2010, as a 2011 model. Remarkably robust, Jeep’s Grand Cherokee is truly capable of going just about anywhere you can imagine (save the street-optimized SRT8s).