A Grand Cherokee Plan

Already-hot Chrysler bets big on its retooled sport-ute

It was the moment of truth for the engineers behind Chrysler Corp.'s three-year, $2.3 billion investment in the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. A week before the model's June 16 unveiling, Chrysler Chairman Robert J. Eaton was putting the new sport-utility vehicle through its paces on Chrysler's secret test track in Chelsea, Mich. Would it pass muster? "This," said a smiling Eaton, "is definitely a winner."

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