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Jaguar Land Rover intends to produce the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander at its Changshu site in China, a source told Automotive News Europe. JLR recently announced that it will commence production at a plant operated by its joint venture with Chery Automobile late this year.
JLR, however, did not say which models will be produced at the site, which is located in Changshu, China. Local production is seen to help the carmaker increase its sales in China, where SUVs are currently very popular. In fact, sales of SUVs in China jumped 41 percent to 319,200 in May, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
The carmaker posted a 53-percent jump in sales in China to 10,880 vehicles in in May, and a 46-percent climb in the first five months of 2014, according to its own data. JLR’s Changshu site will have an initial annual production capacity of 130,000 units.Read the entire article Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander to be built in China
Land Rover is upgrading the Freelander compact SUV this summer to further boost its appeal, comfort and capability. Land Rover is introducing new equipment specifications for the new Freelander range, which will become available starting early June.
The new Freelander will a new three-grade line-up – the Metropolis edition that replaces the HSE as the most luxurious model; the SE Tech edition that replaces the XS variant; and the XE that replaces the GS as the entry-level Freelander.
The Metropolis builds on the HSE LUX model, benefiting from a package of modern standard features to further improve style, increase functionality and enhance cabin comfort.Read the entire article Land Rover details the 2015 Freelander Metropolis
For the 2015MY, the Land Rover Freelander 2 is available in a premium HSE Luxury specification, badged as the Metropolis in the UK and Russia. For those who don’t know, this is the first time when the Freelander 2 is available in a HSE Luxury specification. As expected, the new vehicle receives exterior and interior enhancements.
The exterior features body-coloured sills, door handles and mirror caps and bright Atlas-coloured finish to the grille and vents, but also a metal ingot-style HSE Luxury badge on the rear and 19" Sparkle Silver wheels. Inside, there are several upgrades such as8/6-way adjustable Windsor leather electric seats and Grand Black lacquer finish to the door pulls, steering wheel and interior finisher.
If you don’t like the HSE Luxury specification, Land Rover also offers an XS specification that adds new Dark Atlas grille bars and side vents, as well as a 17" Anthracite alloy wheel, for the exterior. The interior, available in Ebony/Lunar and Almond/Nutmeg colourways, features Partial Leather with Dinamica seat with electric, 6/4-way adjustment, front and rear armrests and power lumbar support for the driver.Read the entire article 2015 Land Rover Freelander 2 receives new HSE Luxury and XS specifications
Land Rover may rebadge its Freelander medium sports utility vehicle as a Discovery when it starts selling its replacement in 2015. Doing so would lead to the creation of a Discovery sub-brand for Land Rover, while the new vehicle will be positioned below the current Discovery. The Freelander's replacement will be larger than the current model and will have a seven-seat variant, a person privy with Land Rover’s plan told Automotive News Europe.
Land Rover has already set a similar naming strategy for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. Land Rover is selling the Freelander as the LR2 in the U.S. and the as the LR4. According to Max Warburton, an analyst at Bernstein Research, renaming the Freelander would be simpler for potential buyers.
Both the Freelander and Discovery are currently grouped under 'leisure' in Land Rover's "three pillars" design strategy. Range Rover-badged units are under the 'luxury' pillar while the Defender is 'dual purpose.' The Freelander’s replacement will be underpinned by a version of the current steel platform with output set at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood site in Liverpool.Read the entire article Land Rover may rebadge Freelander as a Discovery in 2015
Land Rover’s boss John Edwards confirmed that the company is assessing plans to build a new entry-level SUV. However, he clarified that this is just one of numerous new models being considered and that none of these possibilities has taken the next step. A source claimed that a new manufacturing plant may be constructed in India to prepare for the production of a new entry-level model that will be priced lower than the Freelander.
The source implied that this will be the smallest model of Land Rover yet and that it will be equipped with an engine that has about two liters of capacity.
If these plans get the go-signal, it’s likely that the new Land Rover will be the basis of a collaboration between Land Rover, Tata and Chinese partner Chery. Edwards said that the company is continuing to look out for opportunities to build a Land Rover model that’s smaller and more affordable. But then, they’re also looking into a plan for Land Rover to expand to various segments and price points.Read the entire article Land Rover boss confirms plans to build a new entry-level SUV, below the Freelander
The Environmental Protection Agency said that the 2013 Land Rover LR2 with the downsized 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers improved fuel economy. In city driving, the 2013 Land Rover LR2 returns 17 mpg while on the highway, it offers 24 mpg. In comparison, the EPA has determined that the 2012 LR2 returns 15 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway.
2013 LR2 displays a 13% boost in city driving and about 9% better on the highway. One of the primary worries about the outgoing LR2 was its low fuel economy. When the 2013 LR2 with the new engine debuted, Land Rover had not given a fuel economy estimate. Many had been waiting for the EPA to release the most vital information about its redesign.
LR2 is now powered by a new 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which replaces the former 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine. Even with the improvement, the LR2 still trails several of its rivals, such as the 2013 Audi Q5 and BMW X3 xDrive 28i, when it comes to fuel economy. The EPA said that the 2013 Audi Q5 with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers 20 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway.Read the entire article 2013 Land Rover LR2 now more fuel-efficient, according to EPA
Land Rover will offer the Black & White edition of the newly facelifted Freelander. Only 600 samples of this special edition version will be built. It is based on the entry-level S model. It is offered exclusively with a 2.2-litre, 148bhp turbodiesel engine, with eD4 two-wheel drive and TD4 all-wheel-drive configurations.
Meanwhile, an optional automatic gearbox is offered for the TD4 models. It will receive the following modifications: gloss-black front grille, side vents and door handles from the Dynamic model. It also gets a set of 17-inch wheels and privacy glass. The Freelander is offered in two colors: Santorini Black and Fuji White.
Its cabin uses an updated centre console and comes with black cloth upholstery. Land Rover offers bluetooth connectivity on top of the standard S trim specification, including DAB digital radio and air conditioning.Read the entire article Land Rover reveals the Freelander Black & White Edition
The updates for the 2013 Land Rover LR2 will include the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 used on the Range Rover Evoque. The LR2 (which is known as Freelander 2 to Europeans) will get multiple updates, the biggest of which is the 2013 Land Rover LR2. It will be offered with the four banger from the Evoque. The Evoque and new 2013 LR2 have about the same power output.
The direct-injected 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 produces 240 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. The turbo-four replaces the LR2′s old 3.2-liter 230-hp and 234 lb-ft of toque I-6. Land Rover said that the model can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds. The fuel economy rating of the LR2 is improved because of the lighter engine but Land Rover has yet to announce its consumption estimates.
The EPA rated the current LR2 with the I-6 at 15/22 mpg city/highway while the new four-pot of LR2 has a rating of 18/28 mpg when used on the Evoque. Just like before, the LR2′s engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel drive.Read the entire article Land Rover updates the LR2/Freelander 2
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.Read the entire article 250,000th Land Rover Freelander 2 rolls off the production line
Unichip Europe has launched a ‘U-Connect’ plug and play performance ECU (engine control unit) upgrade for the 2.2-liter engine of the Land Rover Freelander 2 TD4. Unichip, which is gaining popularity in the United Kingdom 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.
Unichip Europe was able to use the powerful and versatile Uni-Q piggyback ECU to fine tune the fuelling and turbo boost settings on the 2179-cc, four cylinder, common rail Land Rover TD4 powerplant to produce major improvements in performance.
The Unichip ‘U-Connect’ plug and play performance ECU upgrade can be placed and removed in minutes in the Land Rover Freelander 2 TD4 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.Read the entire article 2010 Land Rover Freelander 2 TD4 receives Unichip ‘U-Connect’ ECU upgrade
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.Read the entire article 2011 Land Rover Freelander Facelift: official details, photos, specs and price
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