1993 Range Rover Model Year Details
1992 Model Year Statistics
Chassis & Suspension Changes
Photo: Adam Friedman's 1993 County LWB. Note Chrome bumper used on all County models this year.
1993 was an important year in Range Rover production, seeing the introduction of radical changes. The revolutionary new Electronic Air Suspension (EAS) concept was introduced, as was Electronic Traction Control and a longer wheelbase model with a larger 4.2 litre version of the Rover V8. These innovations raised the bar considerably for other 4WD vehicle manufacturers, just when they were finally starting to catch up with the Range Rover's earlier suspension design introduced in 1970.
1993 Model Year Statistics
Number built 4,689 U.S. (15,385 Worldwide)
First 1993 built July 8, 1992
Last 8 digits of first 1993 U.S. Spec. Range Rover VIN PA624881
5th digit of the VIN on the LWB models was different, 7th digit of the LWB models was a 3 due to the new 4.2L V8 engine
Base Price $45,125 (Base Model now the SWB County)
Curb Weight 4,401 lbs. SWB 4,574 lbs. LWB
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) 6019 lbs. (SWB and LWB)
Electronic Traction Control (ETC) or Electronic Traction Control System (ETCS) was on both SWB and LWB models this year. The ETC system detected excessive wheel spin and activated the brakes on the spinning wheel so the differentials could apply power to the wheel with the most traction. The axles were also upgraded from 10 spline shafts to stronger shafts with 24 spines. The County SWB 100" model still had same 3.9L engine as 1992, but with higher compression (9.35:1 up from 8.13:1). The new 9.35:1 compression engine was rated 2 hp higher than the 8.13:1 engine for a total of 182hp @ 4750 rpm, Torque was up 5 ft.-lbs. to 232 @ 3100 rpm. Both the 3.9L and 4.2L engines got a bigger alternator (part #A2528) that put out 100 amps. The new alternator had a wider alternator drive belt. The County LWB 108" model had a larger 4.2L (4275cc) engine (3.70" bore x 3.03 stroke) with a 8.94:1 compression ratio producing 200 hp @ 4850 rpm 251 lb-ft torque @ 3250 rpm. The engine has 4.2 stamped in the top of the intake. All 1993 models had internal valve-body changes to the transmissions for smoother shifting.
EPA 12 mpg city, 15 mpg highway 3.9L
EPA 13 mpg city, 16 mpg highway 4.2L (Articles in 199s said that the LWB had better mileage due the fact that the EAS would lower the vehicle at freeway speeds, but in 1994 it still had better mileage when the SWB model also had EAS).
Chassis and Suspension Changes:
The SWB 100" frame was the same, but new LWB got a longer frame was used for the 108" (2743 mm) wheelbase. All of the extra length of the LWB was in the rear door area so all the 100" sheet metal could still be used except the rear doors and roof.
Electric Air Suspension (EAS) or Electronically Controlled Air Suspension (ECAS) with auto leveling and ride height adjustment came on all LWB models, and later in the year on a small number of SWB Sport models (see below). The electronic air suspension control unit monitors level sensors at all four corners 100 times per second and automatically adjusts the vehicles air springs to constantly maintain a level ride, even when fully loaded. Driver controls on the dash allow the vehicle to be set at one of five height settings with a range of 5.1 inches (130mm).
County models had the three spoke wheels; County LWB had the five spoke wheels (most County LWB models had the five spoke wheel centers painted to match the body color), and the County Sport had silver five spoke TWR wheels. Center caps on late year County LWB and all County Sport models said center caps said "Land Rover", the center caps on most LWBs and all SWB (non Sport) County models said "Range Rover" On March 8th 1993 (starting at VIN PA635880) all 1993 NAS Range Rover models got a steel spare wheel (vs. the alloy spare that had been in all previous NAS Range Rovers) after VIN PA635880 Land Rover started using the stainless steel capped lug nuts (that were also used on all D90s and Discoveries).
Available County SWB Model Paint Colors: Alpine White, Ardennes Green, Portofino Red, and Westminster Gray
Available County LWB Model Paint Colors: Alpine White, Ardennes Green, Beluga Black, Roman Bronze (discontinued early in the 1993 model year), Mosswood, Plymouth Blue and Beluga Black Clear Coat.
Available County Sport Model Paint Colors: Beluga Black Clear Coat, Aegean Blue
Beluga Black paint was only extra cost factory option available only on the County LWB and County Sport for $300 extra (Dealer wholesale cost of Beluga Black paint with Clear Coat was $246).
All models in 1993 had new raised plastic RANGE ROVER stickers on hood and tailgate and similar raised plastic County emblem on tailgate (these new raised plastic stickers were much thicker than the thin RANGE ROVER and County vinyl decals used in past years). LWB model had the letters "LWB" next to the redesigned County emblem on the tailgate. The County emblem was now in block text vs. the script logo 1989-1992. The black plastic under door sills had more texture this year. A limited run of thirty seven 1993 County SWB models were produced without sunroofs and were sold for $1,500 less than the models with the sunroofs.
(Photo: Front interior of
Chuck McInnes's 1993 LWB with "Mediterranean Poplar" wood trim instead
of the more popular Burl Walnut)
Available Interior Colors: Sorrell Tan leather and Winchester Gray leather on County Model. Saddle leather on County LWB.
The stereo system was upgraded this year and all models came with a Pioneer brand AM/FM stereo radio/cassette, 6 CD changer, 7 a/d/s/ speakers (including a subwoofer with a level control next to the fog light switch on the dash). The radio antenna was no longer the rear window defroster as it had been in past years and all 1993 Range Rovers had a RDS (signal-tracking) radio antenna embedded in the side rear window glass. The cruise control was improved and a single touch down power window switch was added to the passenger side (driver's side front window had the single touch feature since 1989). Power to the sunroof and windows now lasted 45 seconds after ignition shut-off. The area around sunroof switch now smooth plastic without "fuzz stuff" from past years on it. The LWB and County Sport had the Electric Air Suspension (EAS) control buttons added to dash and a Cubby box cup holder was connected the hinge at the rear of the box. The auto dim rear view mirror with map lights was on all models. The Front seat belt height adjusters were changed and the Rear seats are raked back more to the rear.
The VIN plate on dash got bigger has the Land Rover logo on it, and it is attached to the dash with anti-tamper rivets in front of the round air vent. Models had improved soundproofing throughout the vehicle and the Rear loadspace cover and support were redesigned to accommodate taller items. A small net was added to hold small items and the subwoofer and CD changer area now had a hard cover with a door to access the CD's.
Comparison of rear
legroom in LWB (left) versus regular (SWB) model (right).
This was the base model this year, it had Burl Walnut wood trim.
Priced at $4,700 above base SWB County model it was introduced in October 1992. The LWB was 8 inches longer and had much more rear seat leg room (a total of 39.7 inches!). The rear passenger compartment got seven of the extra eight inches. It also had six more cubic feet of loadspace with the rear seat folded down. All LWB Range Rovers were County models, the letters LWB were added to right side of the County logo on the tailgate. The LWB letters were silver gray with a black outline.
All County LWBs came with the new 4.2L engine, electronic air suspension (EAS), All interiors were saddle leather with dual preset memory on driver's seat and outside mirrors, chrome bumpers, 5 spoke alloy wheels (may LWBs had the wheel centers painted body color) and Mediterranean Poplar wood trim, including a wood insert on the top of the transmission and transfer case shift levers (some early 1993s did not have the wood on the transfer case lever). The LWB rear doors have map pockets, extra grab handles, puddle lamps and red door open warning lights like all U.S. Spec. Range Rovers front doors.
The LWB also has an additional map pocket in the front passenger kick panel.
Priced at $1,900 above the base SWB model the "County Sport" was introduced mid way through the model year. There were approx. 200 of the limited edition model that came with Electric Air Suspension (EAS) and silver "Sparkle Silver Finish" TWR five spoke wheels (the same wheel as all the 1994 and 1995 SWB Range Rovers). The wheels had lug nuts with shiny stainless steel caps. Most were Beluga Black, but some were Aegean Blue. Many (possibly all) had a brush bar on the front and lamp guards over the rear lights. The County Sport was the first SWB Range Rover to have the EAS, and the only SWB model with EAS in 1993 (In 1994 and 1995 all Range Rovers sold in the U.S. had EAS).
County Sable Edition:
Priced at $1,500 above the base LWB model the "County Sable Edition" was also introduced mid way through the model year. There were approx. 200 of the models with Beluga Black paint "Unique Black Accent CSK Wheels and Dark Sable Connolly Leather Seats and Trim"
Marrakesh Morocco Show Cars:
Land Rover North America imported twenty County LWB and five County SWB models with approx. 4,000 miles each that were originally at a car show in Marrakesh, Morocco. LRNA issued a memo that said "These vehicles from the Marrakesh show may have non-standard U.S. specification color interior carpeting and the Zone Manager must be contacted for special parts requests for these affected interior pieces."
County LWB is named "Best New Light Truck or Sport Utility Vehicle" by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).
County LWB is named "Best Sport Utility Vehicle in North America" by Playboy Magazine
All 1993 Land Rovers sold in California had an extra $100.00 charge "For costs incurred by LRNA to comply with the California Air Resource Board (CARB) requirements."
1993 Defender 110 first sold August 1, 1992. A limited edition of 500 D110s were sold in America and 25 were sold in Canada. (500 was the official # from LRNA for the U.S., a few more may been sold) Base price for the D110 was $40,575