The 1989 Range Rover, one of the most successful European imports on the American market, is on display at the Utah Auto Show.

Available at Range Rover Intermountain in Salt Lake City, the British-built luxury sport/utility can be seen at the show in the Salt Palace."Since it was introduced in the United States in 1987, the Range Rover has attained an enviable degree of prestige and satisfaction among dealers and owners alike," said Charles R. Hughes, president of Range Rover of North America, Inc. "Our sales continue to grow and in 1989 we plan to add several more dealers to meet the demands of American buyers."

The 1989 Range Rover incorporates more than 30 engineering and design changes to meet the tastes of American drivers. These changes range from major boosts in engine performance to heated windshield washer jets.

The new version boasts nearly 19 percent more horsepower and 17 percent improved acceleration. From a standing start, the new 3.9 liter, 178 bhp, aluminum alloy V8 engine reaches 60 mph in 10.9 seconds compared with 13.2 seconds previously.

When driving off-road, the shift from the high-gear range to low has been made smoother and easier by using 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 1989 model also introduces a sophisticated six-speaker stereo system designed especially for Range Rover.

The vehicle also 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 (gray) for the fabrics and Sorrell (tan) and Winchester (gray) for the optional leather interiors.

"When you add up all the refinements, the 1989 Range Rover is the most powerful, comfortable, convenient, driveable and best equipped four-wheel drive sport/utility vehicle ever produced," said Ray Stout, president of Range Rover Intermountain.