Revamped compact SUV on sale next month; two states of tune: 148bhp and 187bhp; FWD model planned
25 August 2010

Land Rover claims its revised Freelander, revealed today at the Moscow motor show, will offer lower emissions when it goes on sale next month — and the eco push will extend to the first ever two-wheel-drive version.

The company also say it will offer better interiors, greater refinement and stronger performance.

See all the official pics of the new Land Rover Freelander, including it at Moscow

A revised version of the PSA-sourced 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine is at the heart of the revised line-up. It’s now available in two states of tune — 148bhp and 187bhp — and both specs have 15lb ft more torque than the outgoing 158bhp motor. The changes to the 2.2, including a variable-vane turbocharger and a reprogrammed ECU, help it to meet Euro5 emissions rules.

The 148bhp TD4 comes with a manual gearbox as standard; the more powerful model, badged SD4, is available only with an automatic ’box. Land Rover claims the entry-level unit matches the outgoing engine’s performance, while offering lower CO2 emissions (165g/km instead of 179g/km).

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The SD4 emits 185g/km but accelerates from 0-60mph in 8.7sec — almost two seconds quicker than the old car — and reaches a top speed of 118mph, an increase of 6mph.

The biggest news is the arrival of a front-drive Freelander next January. Badged eD4, it is available only with a six-speed manual ’box and the 148bhp diesel engine. The reduction in weight from losing 4WD, and the addition of automatic stop-start, help the eD4 to deliver 47.2mpg and 158g/km of CO2.

Read the full Moscow motor show report

Land Rover MD Phil Popham said, “The European market for two-wheel-drive SUVs represents 23 per cent of the segment, and we intend to compete strongly. A two-wheel-drive option is just one way in which we are developing our vehicles’ efficiency while adding to the Land Rover range.”

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Styling tweaks include a new front bumper with revised foglights, a new grille, different headlights and tail-lights, a full-width tailgate appliqué and fresh designs of 18in and 19in alloy wheels.

The interior features revised instrument dials, four new styles of seat upholstery and the option of a Premium Pack that includes Windsor leather upholstery, covered centre stowage and greater adjustability in the seats.

The TD4 range starts at £21,695 for S trim, rising to £32,995 for the HSE (automatic transmissions cost £1515 extra on all TD4s). The more powerful SD4s start at £27,510 for the GS, rising to £35,510 for HSE. Prices for the eD4 will be announced later in the year.

John McIlroy

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4 August 2010

Why have you posted pictures of the old model................

4 August 2010

[quote Autocar]Land Rover claims its revised Freelander will offer lower emissions when it goes on sale next month — and the eco push will extend to the first ever two-wheel-drive version.

The company also say it will offer better interiors, greater refinement and stronger performance.

See all the official pics of the new Land Rover Freelander

A revised version of the PSA-sourced 2.2-litre tu...Read the full article[/quote] I'm not into Land Rovers, but when we read articles about £24,000 Mondeos, and £18,000 Minis I have to applaud the Indians for churning out Freelanders for just £21K...

4 August 2010

[quote Mr£4worth]I'm not into Land Rovers, but when we read articles about £24,000 Mondeos, and £18,000 Minis I have to applaud the Indians for churning out Freelanders for just £21K...[/quote]

Isnt the £21K for the stripped out commercial version?

4 August 2010

I'm glad they've not changed the basic design; it's already a great looking car. The emissions are good, I suppose - more keeping in line with its rivals than undercutting them, but at least it keeps the Freelander competitive.

4 August 2010

Very competent cars, but I hope they sort out the reliability issues as well. Almost bought one a few years back when living in Africa but glad I didn't - a number of Land Rovers (of all models) had various reliability issues. All except for the Defenders that is.


4 August 2010

On another issue, it will be interesting to see if 2wd dilutes the long term brand value of Land Rover - even though it will undoubtedly lead to increased sales in Kensington and Chelsea in the short term.


4 August 2010

YAWN.

Thought it might be noticeably different from the outgoing one, but think you would have to be a right anorak to notice the changes.

To live is to drive

4 August 2010

a 2wd land rover with a peugeot engine, run by the indians !

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4 August 2010

[quote Johnny English]

On another issue, it will be interesting to see if 2wd dilutes the long term brand value of Land Rover - even though it will undoubtedly lead to increased sales in Kensington and Chelsea in the short term.

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And Cheshire to an extent! I have put to an extent as when the new Evoque is out that will be the LR product all the image conscious men and women will want round here! These people are those who think Audi is the defining final word in motoring excellence.

4 August 2010

you'd have to be an absolute nob to buy a 2wd land rover.

28bhp never felt so fast

 

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