Here's a 1996 press release:
Jeep Offers The Sporty Grand Cherokee TSi
Jeep(R) Grand Cherokee TSi Offers Sporty Performance
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 16 -- Jeep(R) Grand
Cherokee, already the gold standard in the compact sport-utility
segment, now offers a sportier look with the debut of Grand Cherokee
"All editions of Jeep Grand Cherokee appeal to the upscale buyer
in the compact sport-utility segment, but TSi appeals to the customer
who wants the sportiness associated with sports-sedans and the
versatility and capabilities of a Jeep vehicle," said Martin R.
Levine - General Manager Chrysler/Plymouth and Jeep/Eagle Division.
Including destination charges, the suggested base price for a
two-wheel- drive Grand Cherokee TSi is $29,849; the suggested base for
the four-wheel- drive version is $32,423.
Grand Cherokee TSi is available with the best-in-segment
5.2-liter, 220 horsepower V-8 engine that produces 300 foot-pounds of
torque or the standard 4.0-liter, 185 horsepower I-6 engine which
produces 220 foot-pounds of torque at just 2400 rpm.
Equipped with road-gripping 16-inch Goodyear Eagle ES performance
tires and the Jeep Quadra Coil touring suspension, Grand Cherokee TSi
delivers superb handling, while maintaining the legendary Jeep
Unique to the Grand Cherokee TSi exterior are aggressive 16-inch
five- spoke aluminum wheels accented in sparkle silver, iris blue TSi
pinstriping, and nameplates that set TSi apart from the Grand Cherokee
Laredo, Limited and Orvis Editions.
Unique interior features on Grand Cherokee TSi include
body-contoured perforated leather seating surfaces; 10-way, adjustable
power seats with lumbar and recline adjustments; and rustic Bird's Eye
Maple woodgrain accents on the instrument and door panels. Also
standard on TSi is a station surfer's dream: at-your-fingertips
steering wheel mounted stereo system controls.
Levine added, "Grand Cherokee TSi will attract buyers with a
different demographic profile from our current Laredo and Limited
buyers. The TSi buyer is slightly younger than Laredo and Limited
buyers. More are single males, with a greater percentage having
attended college with incomes higher than Laredo owners, but less than
All Grand Cherokees are available with Select-Trac, full-time 4WD;
Quadra-Trac, all-time 4WD; or 2WD. Unique to Jeep, Quadra-Trac is
capable of providing any ratio of power "on-demand" -- virtually from
zero to 100 percent -- to the front and rear axles.
Jeep Grand Cherokee TSi will be assembled at Chrysler
Corporation's Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit and Chrysler
Corporation's Graz Assembly Plant in Graz, Austria, and sold in North
America and mainland Europe.
CONTACT: Carrie McElwee, 810-512-2664, or Alex Tsigdinos,
810-512-2692, both of Chrysler
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