The 1990s were one of the most innovative times in the auto industry. Car fans went from the boxes of the 1980s to the sleek modern cars that we have today. Certain cars changed the game, like the Toyota Supra Turbo and the cab-forward Chrysler sedans. The 1990s were also the birth of the SUV era, which is now the preferred type of vehicle in today’s world. The car industry also saw pickup trucks venture further into the mainstream and move away from being a farm tool.
The 1990s also saw many automotive brands fade away such as AMC, Eagle, and Geo. This was the decade of change and no industry saw as much change as the auto industry. We looked back at sports cars and trucks that completely defined the decade. These were vehicles that pushed the boundaries of design and performance. When you think of the car industry in the ’90s, you can’t go back in time without thinking about these cars and trucks first.
Nowadays the idea of a super powerful performance SUV isn’t out of the question. The Typhoon was the fastest production SUV of the period. The performance was downright exhilarating using the same type of turbocharged engine that was found in the Grand National. The fact that it was based on the S-15 platform made it even better (via Car & Driver).
The production cycle for the Typhoon was very short, but in that short amount of time, the SUV made quite an impact. The Typhoon was the stuff of legends and it paved the way for the performance vehicles like the Grand Cherokee SRT that we have today.