Range Rover US 1989

Press Release - March 24, 1989

Range Rover : 
     - Introduces Range Rover "County"

Range Rover introduces "County" at
          - Greater New York International Automobile Show 1989

Range Rover of North America, Inc. will unveil the most luxurious version ever of the legendary 4x4 at the Greater New York International Automobile Show.

The "County", named for the affluent lifestyle it defines in Range Rover's native England, embodies all of the rugged durability, luxury features and incomparable ride that Americans have come to love in the Range Rover since its March, 1987 U.S. introduction.

When it is available through Range Rover's 63-dealer network in late March, the County's extensive list of standard features will offer its discriminating owners instant recognition through distinctive badging and exterior colours. Two unique new micatallic paints, Trocadero Red and Cairngorm Brown will be available along with elegant Beluga Black. Colour-matched wheels, chrome bumpers and custom coachlines complete the look.

The County is the world's only 4x4 to have as standard a six-cartridge CD player/tape deck/AM-FM radio with remote control. Also inside will be found Connolly leather seating, electric sunroof, additional burl walnut interior trim, deep-pile carpet mats and enhanced night driving convenience through an auto dimming rearview mirror.

"County, the most luxurious Range Rover available anywhere in the world, sets a new benchmark," said Charles R. Hughes, president, Range Rover of North America, Inc. "This vehicle is only the latest step in our total commitment to provide high quality vehicles with long-term value for American buyers."

The County model joins the standard 1989 Range Rover which is the most powerful version of the luxury sport/utility vehicle engineered to date. Both are powered by aluminum alloy V-8 engines that produce 178 bhp and 220 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm. Operation of the Borg-Warner two-speed transfer case is smoother and easier. A viscous coupling in the permanent four-wheel drive system provides optimum traction and four-wheel drive control.

Named "Four Wheeler of the Year" by America's largest 4x4 enthusiast magazine, FOUR WHEELER, the British-built Range Rover topped a field of 10 pick-up trucks and sport/utilities by the largest point margin in the history of the competition.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the County, which has no factory options, is $43,100. The suggested retail price for the standard Range Rover is $35,800.

Range Rover of North America, Inc. is a part of the Land Rover Group of companies, Solihull, England. More information is available by calling 1-800 FINE 4WD.

Range Rover of North America, Inc.: 

The reputation and sales of the British-built Range Rover have been growing and prospering since the luxury sport/utility's introduction to the American market in March 1987.

The permanent four-wheel drive vehicle is currently available through a 63-dealer network that is scheduled to increase to 75 by 1990.
Sales of the Range Rover totalled 3,427 in 1988, exceeding 1987 results by more than 32%. Monthly sales records were set by the company last December and in January of this year.
"Response to our 1989 model and its many improvements has been outstanding," said Charles R. Hughes, president, Range Rover of North America, Inc.

The 1989 model incorporates more than 30 engineering and design changes to meet tastes of American drivers. The new version boasts a 3.9 litre, 178 bhp, aluminum alloy V-8 engine that reaches 60 mph in 10.9 seconds. For off-road driving, the shift from the high-gear range to low has been made smoother and easier through a new, quiet chain-driven transfer case and viscous coupling in the permanent four-wheel drive system.

Comfort and convenience features include newly designed interior door panels, a pushbutton release for the fold-down rear seats and remote locking of the rear hatch. The vehicle comes in new colors, inside and out. Eastnor Green is added to the external color choices for the aluminum body, while additional interior choices are Brogue (tan) and Highland (grey) for the fabric interior and Sorrell (tan) and Winchester (grey) for the optional leather interior.

Manufacturer's suggested retail price for the 1989 Range Rover is $35,800 with two options, leather upholstery ($1,125) and electrically operated sunroof ($1,375).

In early Spring, a new model combining all of the features and reliability of the Range Rover with even more luxurious appointments was introduced. The "County", available in three exclusive colors (Beluga Black, Cairngorm Brown and Trocadero Red) incorporates leather seating and electric sunroof as standard features. A specially designed stereo system with six-disc remote cartridge, compact disc player with wireless remote control is featured along with custom coachlining, deep-pile carpet mats, additional burl walnut interior trim and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The suggested price for the County, which has no factory options, is $43,100.

"This is the most luxurious, well-equipped Range Rover available in the world. It was developed in response to requests from our dealers, based on input from their customers," noted Hughes.

The world-renowned Range Rover has achieved considerable recognition during its two years on the American market. FOUR WHEELER magazine named the 1989 model as the winner in its 16th annual "Four Wheeler of the Year" contest. The Range Rover topped a field of 10 pick-up trucks and sport/utilities by the largest point margin ever in the 16 year history of the competition.

Dealers are also pleased with the vehicle and the company. For the second straight year Range Rover scored in the top two among 36 manufacturers polled on sales and service support, vehicle supply and business terms in the 1988 J.D. Power Dealer Attitude Survey.

"We are proud to have won high marks from our dealers here in the U.S.," Hughes concluded. "We continually strive to produce a quality product and responsive programs for this discriminating market."

Range Rover of North America, Inc. is a part of the Land Rover Group of companies. Solihull, England. More information is available by calling 1-800 FINE 4WD.
P. O. Box 1503
Lanham, MD 20706
(301) 731-9040

Western Area Office:
1411 West 190th Street
Suite 425
Los Angeles, CS 90248
(213) 329-9778

Executive management:
Charles R. Hughes                   President
James H. Lehmann, Jr.             Vice President, General Counsel
Joel D. Scharfer                        Vice President, Finance
William E. Baker                      Vice President, Corporate Communications
Joel E. Greer                            Vice President, Sales
Richard P. Hubert                     National Manager, Parts
David A. Schworm                    General Manager, Service


Range Rover:
Aluminum body, permanent four-wheel drive sport/utility vehicle.
Features a 178 hp 3.9 litre fuel injected alloy V-8 engine.
ZF four-speed automatic transmission.
Luxury and convenience features are standard.
Launched March 16, 1987 in U.S. market.

Manufacturer's 1989 suggested retail price:

Vehicle:                             Range Rover     Range Rover County
                                         $35,800            $43,100
Leather Upholstery                $1,125             Standard
Sunroof                                $1,375             Standard

3 years, 36,000 miles, 6 years/unlimited milage no corrosion perforation


Baltimore, Maryland
Long Beach, California


1988 Sales:
  3,427 in U.S.
24,185 worldwide (+16%)

Information line:
800-FINE 4WD

Land Rover U.K. Ltd
Lode Lane, Solihull
West Midlands B92 8NW
United Kingdom

Range Rover of North America, Inc. is a member of the Land Rover Group of companies, Solihull, England.

General Specification Data
                   - 1989 US Range Rover

Manufacturer's 1989 suggested retail price
Vehicle:                             Range Rover     Range Rover County
                                         $35,800            $43,100
Leather Upholstery                $1,125             Standard
Sunroof                                $1,375             Standard
Destination                            $ 550              $ 550

Classification:         DOT = Multipurpose vehicle
                             EPA = Light truck (special purpose 4WD)

14 gauge boxed steel ladder frame
Welded steel underbody mounted to chassis at 10 rubber insulated points
Outer body panels are aluminum, except hood, tailgate and rear lower quarter panels, which are steel

Type                                    V8, OHV, cast aluminum alloy cylinder heads and 
                                           block; dry cylinder liners
Displacement                       241 cu in (3947 cc, 3.9 litres)
Bore & stroke                       3.7 in x 2.8 in
                                           (93.98 mm) x (71.12 mm)
Compression ratio                 8.13:1
Maximum power SAE net      178 bhp at 4750 rpm
                                           Maximum rpm 5,500+
Maximum torque                   220 lb/ft at 3250 rpm
Fuel handling                        Lucas EFI-Hotwire L-Jetronic, multipoint, fuel 
Fuel requirement                   Unleaded - Premium recommended
Fuel economy                       City              Hwy            Combined
(EPA Adjusted Figure)           12                15               13

Vehicle performance
0-60 mph                              10.9 secs
Maximum speed                    109.0 mph
Standing 1/4 mile                   18.1 secs at 77 mph

Model                                   ZF4HP22 (automatic)
Type                                     Automatic four speed and reverse, epicyclic gearbox
                                            with fluid torque converter and lock up
4th                                       0.728:1
3rd                                       1.000:1
2nd                                      1.480:1
1st                                       2.480:1
Reverse                                2.086:1

Transfer gearbox
Model                                  Borg-Warner 13-61
Type                                    Two speed reduction via B-W epicyclic gears and 
                                           Morse Hy-Vo chain to double offset front and rear 
                                           driveshafts permanently engaged for 4WD via a center
                                           differential and viscous coupling unit
High Ratio                            1.2060:1
Low Ratio                             3.2444:1

Overall ratio (final drive)          Automatic
                                           High transfer            Low transfer
4th                                        3.11:1                       8.36:1
3rd                                        4.27:1                     11.48:1
2nd                                       6.32:1                     17.00:1
1st                                      10.59:1                     28.50:1
Reverse                                 8.91:1                     23.96:1

Rear type                              Spiral bevel, fully floating hubs
Front type                             Spiral bevel, enclosed constant velocity joints, fully 
                                            floating hubs, angularity of universal joint of full lock 
                                            32 degrees
Ratio front and rear                3.54:1

Front                                     Coil springs rated at 133 lb/in, radius arms and 
                                             Panhard rod
Rear                                      Dual rate coil springs rated at 127/180 lb/in, lower 
                                             links, "A" frame location arm arm with Boge 
                                             "Hydramat" self-energizing levelling device located 
                                             between frame and rear axle
Vertical wheel travel                  8 inches front
                                             11 inches rear
Hydraulic shock absorbers       Telescopic, double acting non-adjustable, 1,375 in 
                                             (35 mm) bore

Power assisted type               Adwest Varamatic, worm and roller
Ratio                                     19.3:1 straight ahead
Turns lock-to-lock                   3.375
Steering wheel diameter          16.0 in                            406 mm
Turning circle                         39.4 ft                            12.0 m

Front brakes
Type                                     Outboard solid discs with four piston calipers
Operation                              Hydraulic, servo assisted, self-adjusting
Disc diameter                        11.75 in                          298.45 mm
Total pad area                        15.0 sq in                       98 cm2
Total swept area                     252.96 sq in                   1632.0 cm2

Rear brakes
Type                                     Outboard solid discs with two piston calipers
Operation                              Hydraulic, servo assisted, self-adjusting
Disc diameter                        11.42 in                           290.0 mm
Total pad area                        49.2 sq in                        66 cm2/brake
Total swept area                    224.4 sq in                       1434.0 cm2

Vehicle dimensions
Overall length                        175.0 in                            4447 mm
Overall width                          71.4 in                             1813 mm
Overall height                         70.8 in                             1798 mm
Wheelbase                            100.0 in                           2540 mm
Track front and rear                 58.5 in                            1486 mm
Ground clearance
- under differential                    8.0 in                              204 mm
- axle                                     11.7 in                             307 mm
- frame                                   14.3 in                             363 mm
Front overhang                        29.8 in                             756 mm
Rear overhang                         45.3 in                             1151 mm
Angle of approach                   30 degrees w/spoiler
                                             40 degrees w/o spoiler
Angle of depature                    30 degrees
Ramp breakeover angle            29 degrees
Loading height                        29.3 in                             743 mm
Maximum cargo height            40.0 in                             1016 mm
Rear opening width                 51.7 in                             1314 mm
Rear opening height                40.0 in                             1016 mm
Front head room                     38.4 in                              975 mm
Front hip room                        58.3 in                             1480 mm
Rear leg room (min)                32.7 in                              830 mm
Useable luggage capacity
- rear seat in use                    36.2 cu ft                          1.01 m3
- rear seat folded                    70.6 cu ft                          1.98 m3
- rear seat removed                 82.8 cu ft                          2.32 m3
Maximum roof rack load          165 lbs                             75 kg

3 years, 36,000 miles full vehicle, limited warranty
6 years, unlimited milage, no perforation corrosion warranty

Engine oil                              5.4 US qts                         5.1 litres
Fuel tank                               20.0 gal                             76.4 litres

Type and size                        Michelin X M+S 244 all purpose radial
Tire size                                205R16 (tubeless)
Wheels                                 Alloy, 5 stud 7.00 x 16 in

Weights & Towing capacity
                                    Front                        Rear                     Total
Curb weight                   2196 lbs (996 kg)     2176 lbs (987 kg)    4372 lbs (1983 kg)
Gross vehicle weight                                                                 5997 lbs (2720 kg)
Maximum permissible
tongue weight                                                                             550 lbs (250 kg)
Maximum axle loads      2535 lbs (1150 kg)  3572 lbs (1620 kg)

Maximum permissible towed weights
                                     On-road                  Off-road
Trailers without brakes    1650 lbs (750 kg)     1650 lbs (750 kg)

Trailers with brakes
- High transfer range       5500 lbs (2500 kg)    2200 lbs (1000 kg)
- Low transfer range        7700 lbs (3500 kg)    2200 lbs (1000 kg)

Additional County Specifications
Six-cartridge CD player/tape deck/AM-FM radio with remote control
Chrome bumpers
Unique Cairngorm Brown or Trocadero Red micatallic and Beluga Black exterior choices; color-matched wheels
Custom pinstriping
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Special badging for tailgate, wheel center caps and audio console
Deep-pile loose floor mats
Additional burl walnut interior trim