Jeep practically invented the upscale SUV with its Wagoneer, which became increasingly plush during a three-decade production run. (You might recall vinyl "wood grain" trim on later models.) The large SUV was renamed the Grand Wagoneer with the introduction of a smaller Wagoneer in 1984.
The Grand Cherokee effectively replaced the aging Grand Wagoneer in 1993 with modern approach to 4x4 design—it used car-like unibody construction, for instance. Currently in its fourth generation, the rugged Jeep Grand Cherokee is on track to match the Grand Wagoneer’s long production life.