On sale next month is Land Rover's revised Freelander that is claimed to have lower emissions. The eco push reportedly extends to the first ever two-wheel-drive version. The vehicle offers improved interiors, a stronger performance and greater refinement. At the center of this lineup is a revised version of the PSA-sourced 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine.
The vehicle is offered in either 148bhp or 187bhp. Both specs have 15lb ft more torque than the outgoing 158bhp motor. The vehicle is able to comply with Euro5 emissions rules due to the revisions done on the 2.2 such as a variable-vane turbocharger and a reprogrammed ECU. The manual gearbox is offered on the 148bhp TD4 as standard. Meanwhile, the more powerful model, badged SD4, is offered only with an automatic 'box.
Land Rover claims that the entry-level unit offers a performance that's comparable to the outgoing engine; however, its CO2 emissions are lower, with 165g/km instead of 179g/km. The SD4 has carbon emissions of 185g/km and it is able to sprint from zero to 60mph in 8.7secs (nearly two seconds quicker than the old car) and can hit a top speed of 118mph, a 6mph increase. A front-drive Freelander is slated to arrive next January.
The eD4 is offered only with a six-speed manual 'box and the 148bhp diesel engine. The eD4, which is able to return 47.2mpg and have CO2 emissions of 158g/km, dropped some weight with the loss of 4WD.
Automatic stop-start was added to the vehicle. Land Rover MD Phil Popham said that the company aims to be a strong competitor in the segment. He shared that the European market for two-wheel-drive SUVs stands for 23% of the segment. He also said that a two-wheel-drive option is just one way that the company can develop its vehicles' efficiency while adding to the Land Rover range.
The vehicle received several styling modifications, including: a new front bumper with revised foglights, a new grille, different headlights and tail-lights, a full-width tailgate applique and fresh designs of 18in and 19in alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the interior got 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 is priced from £21,695 for S trim, increasing as high as £32,995 for the HSE (opting for the automatic transmissions adds £1515 more to the cost). The SD4s are priced from £27,510 for the GS, increasing to £35,510 for HSE. Pricing information for the eD4 will be released later this year.