YORK – The world premiere of Land Rover’s new “Kalahari” vehicle
series will take place today at the New York International Automobile
Show. The 2002 Land Rover Discovery Series II Kalahari, which goes on
sale in October of this year, is the first in a series of special
Kalahari Land Rovers that will feature heavy-duty, off-road components
and a rugged, extreme look. Inspired by a Land Rover Adventure called
“The Great Kalahari” – perhaps the most extreme of 20 ongoing Land
Rover Adventures programs that are held throughout the world for Land
Rover owners – all Kalahari series vehicles will be produced in
limited numbers by Land Rover Special Vehicles, the company’s in-house
producer of built-to-order vehicles.
“The Kalahari name, and all the images it
brings to mind, is a perfect fit for Land Rover,” said Howard Mosher,
president and CEO of Land Rover North America, Inc. “In fact, Land
Rover will produce an entire series of vehicles to wear the newly
created ‘Kalahari’ badge. The name will eventually be used for
special editions from all Land Rover model lines sold in North
The first vehicle in the Kalahari series
will be the 2002 Discovery Series II Kalahari, the descendant of a true
competition vehicle – the Discovery Series II TReK – which was built
for use in Land Rover TReK ’00, an off-road driving challenge for Land
Rover retailers that took place last November.
The production-ready Discovery Kalahari
features a dramatic Borrego Yellow paint scheme and an array of
specialized off-road equipment including a Saudi/Gulf states front
bumper and grille; black seating surfaces with Tetra technical fabric
center panels; a black steel wraparound brush bar and lamp guards; a
black steel rear ladder; and a matching roof rack finished in black
steel and equipped with a steel mesh floor.
Discovery Kalahari comes with a
188-horsepower, 4.0-litre aluminum V8 engine, a four-speed automatic
transmission, permanent four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case,
Hill Descent Control (HDC), four-wheel electronic traction control
(4ETC) and a four-channel, all-terrain Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
Land Rover’s Active Cornering Enhancement (ACE) and Self-Leveling
Suspension (SLS) systems are optional. A special-appearance package and
a badge stamped with the vehicle’s limited-production build number
complete the Kalahari specification.
Only 150 Discovery Series II Kalahari
vehicles will be produced for the 2002 model year. They will go on sale
in the U.S. in Oct. 2001 with an estimated base MSRP of approximately
2002 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SERIES II
- Discovery Series II Kalahari-exclusive
Borrego Yellow paint scheme.
- Borrego Yellow-painted headlamp
finishers and grille surround.
- Black Saudi/Gulf-specification front
bumper and grille.
- Black steel roof rack with steel mesh
- Black steel wraparound brush bar, lamp
guards and rear ladder.
- 16-inch “Typhoon”-style alloy
wheels with black painted spokes and polished outer rims. 255/65R16
H-speed rated tires.
- Kalahari badge featuring each
vehicle’s limited-production build number.
- Full Kalahari appearance package and
unique vehicle badging.
- Front and rear fog lamps.
- Integral Class III trailer tow hitch
- Optional equipment: Active Cornering
Enhancement (ACE), Self-Leveling Rear Suspension (SLS) and Cold
Climate Package (includes heated front windshield and heated front
- Smokestone Gray instrument panel and
- Black Duragrain seating surfaces with
“Tetra” technical fabric and Ash Gray outer panels.
- “Brunel” silver trim on
- Alcantara material and “Brunel”
silver trim on door panels.
- Leather-covered cubby box lid and door
- 12-speaker, 220-watt premium audio
system with steering wheel-mounted controls. AM/FM/cassette stereo
tuner with auto-seeking weather band and Radio Data System (RDS).
Six-disc CD auto-changer.
- Dual tilt-and-slide power sunroofs.
- HomeLink® system. (HomeLink is a
registered trademark of Johnson Controls).