2010 Land Rover Freelander 2 TD4 receives Unichip ‘U-Connect’ ECU upgrade

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 8, 2010

Unichip Europe has launched a ‘U-Connect’ plug and play performance ECU upgrade for the 2.2-litre Land Rover Freelander 2 TD4. Unichip, which is gaining popularity in the UK and Europe because of its road driving prowess and four wheel drive capabilities, said that its technicians have spent months on dyno and road testing.

They were able to use the powerful and versatile Uni-Q piggyback ECU to fine tune the fuelling and turbo boost settings on the 2179cc, four cylinder, common rail Land Rover TD4 powerplant to produce major improvements in performance.

The Unichip can be placed and removed in minutes as the technicians designed it to be a DIY fitment via its plug and play ‘U-Connect’ wiring loom. The Unichip leaves no electronic footprint and during servicing, it is ‘invisible’ even to main dealers.

It is designed to be tamperproof; only a qualified Unichip agent can remap the ‘U-Connect’ unit. Tests show that the Unichip fitted on the Land Rover Freelander 2 TD4 has led to significant performance gains.

Peak power went up by 20 bhp over standard to a measured 180 bhp at 3164 rpm, while torque output is boosted by 52 lb.ft to 362lb.ft at only 2346 rpm. In other words, the Unichip improves the driving experience greatly.

The company claims that the car is smoother and pulls noticeably harder from low engine speeds due to the additional torque on tap.

The extra torque doesn’t only allow superior in-gear acceleration which improves the Freelander’s overtaking abilities; but also enhances the car’s towing abilities. Amid increasing fuel prices, Land Rover Freelander 2 TD 4 owners will be delighted to know that this boosted performance doesn’t affect the car’s 42 mpg combined fuel economy.

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