118.5 hp per liter
(from Land Rover
Press Release) Land Rover Delivers A Premium New Look & Feel
To The Freelander 2
Land Rover has given the Freelander 2 a premium overhaul, delivering
even better comfort, convenience and driving enjoyment. New colours,
new exterior design features, upgraded equipment levels and the new
lightweight and efficient petrol engine all contribute to make this
SUV even better.
Interior equipment levels soar to new heights in the Freelander 2
with a host of fresh and exciting features including three new
colour ways as part of a 'Dynamic' theme, brand new centre console,
7-inch colour touch-screen with enhanced audio systems from
Meridian, 7-day timed climate system and optional satellite
Passive start replaces key dock and there's a new 'intelligent'
electric parking brake which adjusts brake force according to the
slope the vehicle is parked on. 'Say What You See' - a voice
activation system with visual prompts, and rear view camera
capability are also both new to the Freelander 2.
Exterior design details have been revamped for an integrated and co-ordinated
appearance, including more contemporary lights front and rear using
the latest LED technology and a new signature graphic in the front
running lights. All-new 17-inch alloy wheels become available at
entry-level and a body styling pack option on SE models.
The exciting news on the engine front is that the six-cylinder Si6
petrol is replaced by the turbocharged Si4, four-cylinder engine.
Essentially the same engine used in the Range Rover Evoque, this
lightweight Si4 GTDi produces more power than the Si6 yet is more
economical and sees a 14 percent reduction in CO2 to 224g/km.
"The Freelander 2's equipment levels bring a more premium look and
feel to the overall driving experience. In addition, our customers
continue to benefit from our refined and economical range of diesel
engines and can now opt for the powerful and highly efficient new
Si4 GTDi petrol," says John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand
He adds: "It's another step forward for the Freelander 2 where
outstanding equipment levels, superb design, safety and all-terrain
capability continue to set the standards in this class."
All these great new features are underpinned by the fact that the
Freelander scores 5 stars in the coveted Euro NCAP for occupant
safety. As the most capable SUV in its class, the Freelander 2
offers the durability and sure-footed all-terrain breadth of
capability both on and off road that only a Land Rover can provide.
An interior packed with exciting
New features and more
convenient equipment options bring a host of improved benefits to
customers looking for a modern, all-terrain, multi-purpose vehicle.
The first thing you notice when entering the Freelander 2's
contemporary looking cabin is a brand new centre console. The
original Terrain Response® dial has been replaced by switches and a
shutter reveals additional storage space.
An optional 'Dynamic' theme is based on the SE models and this comes
in three new colours, Ebony, Ivory or Pimento, each with matching
stitching and co-ordinated door casings to complete the look.
A crisp new instrument cluster with a 5-inch screen displaying
primary vehicle-related information, such as temperature and fuel
levels, gear positions and Terrain Response® mode, now sits between
the dials across the Freelander model range, complemented with
steering wheel toggle switches to operate the clearest of drop down
menus and vehicle set-up details.
Cabin space and safety are improved with the introduction of an
intelligent electric parking brake which adjusts brake force
according to the slope the vehicle is parked on. The system is so
intelligent it even takes into account whether the brakes are hot or
cold. If hot, the system 'wakes up' periodically to ensure clamping
force is not lost as the brakes cool down. Despite being operated by
a single switch, the electric parking brake may still be used as an
emergency brake, automatically selecting the most stable braking
method by employing skid prevention techniques. An additional safety
feature ensures the brake cannot be released unless the driving seat
More convenience comes in the form of Passive Start which replaces
the key docking system, meaning that as long as the key is somewhere
inside the car, the engine starts at the touch of a button.
Another new feature for Freelander 2 is the screen operated, 7-Day
Timed Climate allowing you to warm up the engine before you step
inside your vehicle.
Rear view camera capability is also introduced in 2012. The view
from the back of the vehicle is displayed on the Infotainment screen
with dynamic lines representing the boundaries of the vehicle and
your predicted path as you reverse. The system also incorporates
'Hitch Assist', a graphic superimposed on the camera showing the
position of the tow ball.
The new 'Say What You See' voice activation system will prompt the
driver visually with the commands he or she needs to speak in order
to control functions in the audio, optional satellite navigation,
climate and phone systems. The prompts are displayed in an
easy-to-follow 'step by step' format on the screen.
The navigation system is enhanced with a faster hard drive-based
system which comes with all the features the customer would expect
such as ECO Route planning, Dynamic Zoom, Visual Lane guidance, POI
(Point of Interest) management and repeat TMC guidance. You can also
manage waypoints and store locations as well as POIs by name.
Infotainment moves up a level
For the first time on
Freelander 2, the premium Meridian audio system is available with a
choice of 380W or 825W. The outstanding Meridian sound system is
delivered with a new 7-inch colour touch-screen and either the 380W,
11-speaker system for exceptional stereo sound quality or the
impressive 825W surround sound 17-speaker system with Trifield
technology to provide a natural, enveloping concert-like experience
for all occupants. Both are equipped with subwoofers for a deep,
bass sound and Audyssey MultEQ audio tuning system. A new and
upgraded 80W 8-speaker unit with 5-inch colour display screen is
also available at entry-level.
Equipped with AM/FM and DAB radio tuners, the music players support
CD, DVD, Virtual CD, iPod and USB. There's also a 3.5mm aux jack
input for music players and Bluetooth audio streaming to any
supporting devices including headphones. The virtual CD comprises a
hard drive which can store the equivalent of up to 10 Audio CDs
identifiable using Gracenote.
Sharp detailing to the exterior
Three stunning new
colours are added to the Freelander range, Aintree Green, Havana and
Mauritius Blue, whilst an additional all new 17-inch alloy wheel
design becomes available as an option at entry-level. Exteriors gain
a number of new integrated design features resulting in a co-ordinated
and premium appearance. Boasting the latest in Xenon LED technology,
the front and rear lamps have been revamped giving the Freelander 2
a sportier yet purposeful new look, set off with a new signature
graphic in the front running lights. The grille and fog lamp bezels
now sport a bright finish and there are paint detailing changes to
the front grille surround, insert bars and fender vent to harmonise
the different elements.
How the models line up
With this generation of
Freelander 2, models are simply differentiated by trim level and not
by powertrain specification. Entry level to the range is the
Freelander S with cloth seats as standard. The SE has been enhanced
with distinguishing detail features such as a gloss black grille
surround and comes with full leather* and the Meridian sound system.
The Dynamic version based on the SE, has gloss black fender vents
and grille bars with black grille surround, complemented on the
interior with three colourway choices of sport-themed electric
leather seats. Top of the range is the HSE with a grained leather
and wood interior as standard. There's the option of 19-inch Diamond
Turned wheels and Grand Black Lacquer finisher and also Windsor
leather seats with premium carpet mats for that extra special touch.
Petrol power from the lightweight
Si4 2.0 GTDi
The new 2.0-litre
four-cylinder petrol engine joins the Freelander 2 line-up, reducing
CO2 emissions by 14 percent compared to the outgoing Si6 engine.
Powering the Freelander 2 GTDi, the new direct injection,
turbocharged Si4 engine now delivers 240PS and an increase of seven
percent on torque to 340Nm, providing a broader spread of torque for
relaxed cruising and strong low-speed response. The all-aluminium
engine is a full 40kg lighter than the previous six-cylinder and
returns a competitive 224g/km CO2 while meeting the stringent EU5
emissions regulations. Service intervals have been increased from
15,000 miles to 16,000 miles (26,000km)*.
The Si4 GTDi first appeared in the Range Rover Evoque and is packed
with advanced technical features including high pressure direct
injection and variable valve timing on both inlet and exhaust. A
high efficiency turbocharger delivers instant lag-free response and
a fabricated steel exhaust manifold promotes quicker catalytic
converter light-off to reduce emissions. Piston rings and tappets
are treated with a low-friction coating to reduce friction and
therefore, fuel consumption which is now 29.4mpg from 26.4mpg. Twin
balancer shafts ensure a silky, smooth response easily on a par with
that of a six-cylinder engine.
Mechanically, the Si4 GTDi is virtually identical to the Evoque
version. To suit the Freelander 2, only minor changes were needed to
the engine mounting points in the vehicle and the exhaust system was
redesigned to achieve the appropriate noise characteristics within
the Freelander bodyshell. The engine management system was adjusted
slightly to suit the size and aerodynamic package of the Freelander
but the torque and power characteristics remain unchanged from the
The GTDi is paired with the quick-shifting, refined and highly
efficient Aisin AWF21 six-speed automatic transmission with
full-time four-wheel drive and a Haldex rear axle differential. The
transmission was redesigned for 2011 with an advanced neutral logic
control to reduce drag when the vehicle is stationary. Revised
clutches and the introduction of low viscosity oil also improved
efficiency while adaptive shifting is available in both normal and
sport modes. Land Rover's peerless CommandShift® provides slick
manual shifting while Terrain Response® gives sure-footed traction
and handling in all conditions.
"Downsizing from a six cylinder to a highly efficient yet powerful
four-cylinder engine combines high performance and refinement with
the economy our petrol engine customers expect. It also delivers a
significant weight reduction that further enhances the driving
dynamics," says David Mitchell, Chief Programme Engineer for
Refined and economical diesels
Freelander buyers can
continue to choose from two outstanding and highly refined diesel
engines, the 2.2-litre 150PS TD4 and 190PS SD4 with four-wheel
drive. For extra economy, the 2.2-litre 150PS engine is also
available in eD4 two-wheel drive form. Equipped with six-speed
manual transmission and Stop/Start, the eD4 achieves an impressive
47.1mpg (6.0 L/100km) and CO2 emissions of 158g/km.
The diesels were updated for 2011, a new turbocharger improving
response and increasing maximum torque by five percent to 420Nm.
They were also equipped with a standard DPF, reducing particulates
by 80 percent. At the same time NOx emissions were reduced by 28
percent and the response time of the Stop/Start system was improved
by 22 percent. Other improvements aimed at improving efficiency
included a revised shifting strategy on the automatics, low drag
engine oils and revised bearing designs whilst noise levels were
reduced by 2dB.
Saving every last drop of fuel
with smart charging
All Freelanders are
equipped with Land Rover's Intelligent Power System Management (IPSM)
which includes Smart Regenerative Charging. This feature ensures
that, where possible, the alternator only charges the battery as the
vehicle is decelerating, recovering kinetic energy rather than
consuming fuel. IPSM was designed as part of Land Rover's e_TERRAIN
TECHNOLOGIES programme which aims to continually improve engineering
efficiency in every Land Rover.
Traditional Land Rover safety,
durability and capability
Four wheel drive models
(TD4, SD4 and Si4) are all equipped with the same, class leading,
intelligent four-wheel drive system. The system responds to changes
in grip in 150 milliseconds to adjust torque between front and rear
axles. Terrain Response® optimises the electronic systems for
conditions and there are four settings, General Driving,
Grass-Gravel-Snow, Mud & Ruts and Sand. Gradient Release control
ensures smooth hill starts both ascending and descending for
absolute safety and driver confidence on any surface.
When it comes to on-road handling dynamics, the Freelander 2 is top
tier, thanks partly to the outstanding body stiffness. A structural
undertray on the front subframe contributes to this, increasing
steering precision, while the Freelander 2's four-point engine
mounting aids engine stability and increases driving refinement. A
full range of stability systems provide a further safety net for the
occupants including, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic
Traction Control (ETC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD),
Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Dynamic
Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Engine
Naturally, the Freelander 2 earns a 5 star Euro NCAP award for
outstanding adult occupant protection, with seven airbags in total,
including two curtain, two front, two thorax and a driver's knee
"This model line-up is the most flexible we've ever offered on the
Freelander 2. The wide range of combinations to choose from allowing
customers to choose any engine package with any trim level makes the
Freelander 2 a more compelling choice than ever before," says John
Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.
* Differs by market.