At Land Rover’s Halewood manufacturing plant in Merseyside, employees are celebrating the production of the 250,000th Freelander 2. This 250,000th Freelander is a 2.2 liter TD4 Diesel GS in Fuji White and is destined for a Scotland-based customer. Production of the Freelander 2 began in 2007.
The 2011 Freelander 2 comes in either 2WD or 4WD and a refined 2.2 liter diesel engine, which is available in two power outputs: the 190hp SD4 and the 150hp TD4.
The Freelander 2, which is priced from GBP21,995 on the road, boasts of class-leading on and off-road performance and features Terrain ResponseTM, improved fuel economy, a premium cabin and an affordable cost of ownership.
Richard Else, Halewood operations director, said the milestone achievement and the increasing sales for Freelander 2 highlights just how important the vehicle is, not only to Halewood but also for the regional and U.K. economy.
Land Rover also celebrates a rising demand for Halewood's award winning model as retail sales for the Freelander 2 are up 22%, year to date (Apr 2010 – Feb 2011) compared with the same 11-month period in 2009/2010.
By the latter part of September 2010, the 2011 Land Rover Freelander 2 range will be available in the UK. It is powered by a new 2.2-litre diesel engine with a choice of 150PS or 190PS outputs, a brand new exterior, interior modifications with new instrument dials, and an optional new Premium Pack.
The new turbo diesel engine of the Land Rover is included in the 4WD TD4 150PS model, which features a manual transmission and comes standard with the intelligent Stop/Start technology (as an option, an automatic gearbox with no intelligent Stop/Start technology is available at a cost) or the latest SD4 190PS model (automatic transmission).
It has a new, quieter, more efficient engine and the derivatives both have additional 20Nm torque as compared to the former engine. Therefore, the 2011 Freelander 2 has an improved engine response and added mid-range power for towing. Moreover, CO2 emissions have been considerably reduced to 165g/km and 185g/km respectively, resulting to fuel savings.
Still, despite the reductions in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, the performance has not been compromised. The forerunner Land Rover Freelander 190 PS SD4 accelerates to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds from rest with an improved maximum speed of 118 mph. The Freelander 150PS TD4 automatic and manual versions perform the same way as their predecessors.
Aside from a EU4 to EU5 upgrade, both versions come with a new variable geometry turbocharger and have gone through extensive re-calibration to supply higher levels of power, further reduce CO2 emissions and conform to emission regulations. They come standard with a built-in catalyzed diesel particulate filter and are presently compatible with 10% instead of 5% biodiesel.
As an added feature of the Freelander 2 range, the company will offer a 2WD derivative as well and this will be available in the UK starting January 2011. The so-called Land Rover Freelander 2 eD4 is the most efficient creation of Land Rover, with a combined fuel consumption of just 47.2 mpg and CO2 emissions of only 158 g/km.
According to Phil Popham, managing director of Land Rover, the new Freelander 2 eD4 enables Land Rover to join the incredibly popular and contestable 2-wheel-drive SUV market. The 2-wheel-drive SUV market in Europe stands for 23% of the segment and Land Rover aims to be a strong competitor here.
A 2-wheel-drive is only one of the options wherein the company is developing the efficiency of their vehicles while including it in the Land Rover Range and reaching out to a wider variety of customers. They will continue to create the finest all-terrain vehicles in the world for customers who need a 4-wheel-drive but will present an alternative as well.
The innovative Land Rover Freelander 2 eD4 is equipped with the new 2.2-liter turbo 150 PS diesel engine. It is available with a 6-speed manual transmission and comes standard with Stop/Start technology.