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The Jeep name was first used in 1941.
Willys-Overland quickly transformed its Jeep vehicle into several body styles, including the Willys Wagon, a pickup truck, the CJ-3 Jeep and even a low-priced sports car, the Jeepster.
Throughout the 1950s, Willys built both civilian and military variants of its CJ-5, a model that stayed in production for three decades.
During the 1960s, Jeep introduced several new models, including some that would define the brand for the next several decades. The Jeep Wagoneer was the forerunner of today’s modern SUVs, a model that also introduced the brand’s renowned Quad-Trac four-wheel drive system in the 1970s.
By the mid-1970s, the Jeep brand was composed of pickup trucks and SUVs, including the first-generation Jeep Cherokee, as well as the CJ-7, which is the predecessor to the Jeep Wrangler.
The 1990s brought forth two new models. The Jeep Grand Cherokee was slotted above the Cherokee and was joined by the Wrangler, the latter based on the vintage Jeep design.
The Jeep line was further expanded, as models such as the compact Jeep Liberty SUV, the large Commander SUV and two entry-level models, the Compass and Patriot, were added. Every modern Jeep, except for the Wrangler, employed unibody construction without losing its off-road prowess. An extended wheelbase four-door Wrangler was introduced in 2007.