Jeep Grand Cherokee continued into 1993 as the only entry in its segment with an air bag. Two-wheel-drive models debuted in base and Laredo trim, and the four-speed automatic transmission gained electronic shift controls.
As promised, Cherokee dropped a clear tier below the Grand Cherokee but was functionally unchanged. Repackaged to appeal to a younger buyer, the lineup was trimmed to base, Sport, and the new Country models. Base price of the most expensive four-wheel-drive Cherokee was now around $19,500, some $200 below the least-expensive four-wheel-drive Grand Cherokee. The best deal was again the five-door four-wheel-drive Cherokee Sport, which started at about $16,800, roughly $1,900 less than a similar 1992 Sport.
During the 1993 model year Jeep offered a Wrangler Sport designed to combat lower priced imports. It had a lower price than other Jeep Wranglers and a fixed number of available options. See more Jeep pictures.
Jeep Wrangler for 1993 became the first mini-4 x 4 to offer anti-lock brakes. The system was a $599 option, and was only available with the six-cylinder engine. It worked in both two- and four-wheel drive.
Helped by the available V-8 engine, Jeep Grand Cherokee sales soared to 217,232 for calendar 1993, surpassing the S10 Blazer and trailing only the Explorer, which had sales of 302,200. Jeep Wrangler jumped 25 percent for the period, to an all-time high of 65,648. Overall, Jeep sales leaped 51.9 percent. On top of the 1992 increase, Jeep sales had more than doubled in two years.
For 1994, Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited gained rear disc brakes, and all models got side door guard beams. The base model was renamed SE, Laredo continued as the most popular model, and the Limited was back. The Grand Wagoneer model, with its imitation bodyside wood paneling, was discontinued.
Jeep Cherokee returned for its 11th season with side door guard beams and a center high-mounted stop lamp -- both of which were now federally required on truck-based vehicles. Also an automatic transmission was offered for the first time with the four-cylinder engine.
Jeep Wrangler was back with an automatic transmission available for the four-cylinder engine. All models got a center high-mounted stop lamp affixed to a gooseneck bracket on the tailgate. And available for the first time was a new folding soft top with hardtop-style full metal doors instead of half-doors.
The entry-level Wrangler retained the S designation, but an SE took the place of the former "base" model. A new "junior Renegade" Sport option included body-colored fender flares and bodyside steps among its features.
Check out the next page to learn about the features of the 1995-1996 Jeep models.
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