2002 Jeep WJ Grand Cherokee Overland Edition – Ultimate Guide

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Shown above in Silverstone Metallic, the Overland was introduced in August of 2001 as the premiere Grand Cherokee in the model line-up. The 2002-2003 Overland models included all of the standard Limited features plus the following:

  • High Output 4.7L V8 engine 265hp
  • Leather/suede combination heated seats
  • Overland badging (exterior of front doors and floor mats)
  • Exclusive rock rails
  • Rain Sense wipers
  • Side curtain air bags (can be deleted for credit)
  • Special 17. x 7.5 wheels, standard:
    Cast Aluminum Hammerhead (2002)
    Rogue Cast Aluminum (2003)
  • Tires – P235/65R-17 Wrangler SR-A all-terrain OWL tires
  • Up Country Suspension package (deletable option starting spring 2002)
  • Skid Plate Group (3 plates plus chrome tow hooks)
  • Woodgrain (real redwood) for upper half steering wheel and interior accents


  • Adjustable Pedals
  • Chrome wheels (standard in 2004)
  • Engine block heater
  • Navigation radio RB1
  • Roof cross rails
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Trailer tow package class IV

Changes for 2004:

  • New front bumper fascia and grille design
  • Fog lamps, new round style
  • Newly designed two-tone leather-trimmed seats with larger seatback bolsters, more supportive seat cushions, new seat fabrics. Dark Slate Gray with Light Slate Gray leather inserts on the seatback and seat bottom.
  • Chrome insert added to bodyside cladding
  • Chrome wheels now standard (real chrome, same as offered in 2001-2003)
  • Up Country Suspension package discontinued starting September 2003
  • Now offered in a 2WD version
  • Midnight Blue Pearl Coat exterior color added (a total of six exterior color choices are available for 2004 Overlands)

2004 Grand Cherokee Overland in Bright Silver Metallic

Overland exterior colors

Color 2002 2003 2004
Silverstone Metallic X    
Onyx Green Pearl Coat X X X
Inferno Red Tinted Pearl Coat X X X
Graphite Metallic Clear Coat X X X
Bright Silver Metallic X* X X
Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat X* X X
Midnight Blue Pearl Coat     X

The Overland was initially offered in only four colors, Onyx Green Pearl Coat, Inferno Red Tinted Pearl Coat, Graphite Metallic and Silverstone Metallic. A fifth color, Bright Silver Metallic, was added in February 2002 while Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat was added in May 2002. The 2004 models added Midnight Blue Pearl Coat. Gray is the only color offered for the Overland rock rails, but if desired they can be easily painted to match the body color (or any other color), as some owners have done. For a complete list of all WJ colors, see Exterior Colors

Overland interiors

The only interior color combinations available for all Overland models were combinations of Dark Slate gray and Light Slate Gray. For 2002-2003, the light gray seats were leather with suede accents. These were restyled 2004, as shown in the pictures above. Some people have really liked these interiors while others have not. One Grand Cherokee owner who wanted the rest of the Overland features but did not care for the seats was able to work out a special trade-out with his dealer at the time of original purchase. The dark gray seats from a brand new Limited, along with the matching door panels and console lid, were swapped into a new Overland. The dealer placed the Limited with the Overland interior back into his showroom, with a $1,000 premium. They charged the Overland buyer a very reasonable one hour of labor to make the switch.


Overland interior photo 1 Overland interior photo 2

Overland interior photo 3                                                                                Overland interior photo 4


Above left, Overland steering wheel. Above right, new 2004 seats.



Inferno Red Tinted
Pearl Coat
Onyx Green Pearl Coat Graphite Metallic
Brilliant Black Pearl Coat Patriot Blue (export only) Silverstone Metallic
Brilliant Black, 2004 Overland engine bay Hammerhead wheel

The top speed for the Overland is rated at 128 mph, 4 mph faster than models with the standard 4.7 engine – but domestic models have a limiter that cuts off the fuel supply at around 117 mph. Click on this link for Engine specifications on the V8 HO, standard V8 and the I-6.

See also: Overland rock rails