Now sold as a separate model, the Cherokee Limited grew fancier in 2000, wearing a chrome grille, headlight surrounds, and brow over the rear license plate, plus bright-silver alloy wheels. Cherokee's six-cylinder engine was said to be quieter and emit fewer exhaust pollutants. Headlights were designed to be brighter and longer-lasting. A new cassette stereo became standard.
Formerly an option package, the Limited gained full-model status atop the Jeep Cherokee lineup for 2000.
Following its major reworking for 1999, the 2000 Grand Cherokee showed minimal change. Two-wheel-drive models were now available with V-8 power. Also, V-8 four-wheelers could be ordered with the Selec-Trac system. A "Headlights-On" indicator became standard.
A revised 2001 Jeep Wrangler interior featured standard intermittent wipers and a modified console with rear cupholders. The Sahara added standard air conditioning. Stereos could be equipped with newly available subwoofers. The optional Add-A-Trunk storage compartment switched from metal to molded plastic construction and could slide forward or be removed. Child-seat tethers were added to the rear seat. Tinted soft-top windows were new extras. The top was thicker for added quiet and durability.
Four-cylinder Cherokees disappeared after 2000, as did the base SE and the uplevel Classic editions. That left two- and four-door Sport models and a four-door Limited for 2001. Each had a cleaner-running update of the 4.0-liter, 190-horsepower, six-cylinder engine and gained rear child-seat anchors.
A five-speed automatic transmission went into V-8 Grand Cherokees for 2001, with a second overdrive top gear for better highway economy. The unity retained the extra gear between second and third for better passing response. The Limited gained 17-inch alloy wheels, which were optional on Laredo. Aluminum-finish interior trim was added. A rear storage net was new, along with rear child-seat anchors and a connector for electric trailer brakes.
Jeep marketed 60th-anniversary editions of the Wrangler, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee, beginning in February. Each came in silverstone or black, and contained embroidered floormats and badges that displayed the Jeep 60th-anniversary logo.
Nothing lasts forever, and age had become a serious issue for another Jeep model. The essential design of the midlevel Cherokee had been around ever since 1984 without a major redesign. Clearly, a replacement was needed, even though Cherokees continued to sell quite well. A total of 165,261 went to customers in 2000, for instance-up 13 percent from the 1999 figure.
Learn about the replacement for the Jeep Cherokee, the 2002 Jeep Liberty, on the next page.
For more information on Jeeps, see:
- History of Jeep
- Consumer Guide New Jeep Prices and Reviews
- Consumer Guide Used Jeep Prices and Reviews