2011 Land Rover Freelander Facelift: official details, photos, specs and price

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

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.

Press Release

2011 Land Rover Freelander

The 2011 Land Rover Freelander 2 model range, on sale in the UK from the end of September 2010, benefits from a new 2.2-litre diesel engine available with either 150PS or 190PS outputs, a new look exterior plus interior alterations including new instrument dials and a new Premium Pack option.

Land Rover's new turbo diesel engine is available in the 4WD TD4 150PS model featuring a manual transmission and intelligent Stop/Start technology as standard (an automatic gearbox without Stop/Start is available as a cost option), or the new SD4 model delivering 190PS (available in automatic transmission only).

This new engine is quieter, more efficient and both derivatives have 20Nm more torque than the outgoing engine. This means the 2011 Freelander 2 offers improved engine response and more mid-range strength for towing. CO2 emissions have been significantly reduced to 165g/km and 185g/km respectively with corresponding fuel economy benefits.

However, despite reductions in consumption and emissions, there has been no compromise in performance. The flagship 190PS Land Rover Freelander SD4 accelerates from rest to 60mph in 8.7 seconds with an increased top speed of 118mph. The Land Rover Freelander 150PS TD4 manual and automatic versions match the performance of their predecessors.

As well as being upgraded from EU4 to EU5, both versions have a new variable geometry turbocharger and have been extensively re-calibrated to deliver new levels of power, meet emissions regulations and reduce CO2 emissions. They are fitted with a catalysed diesel particulate filter as standard and are now compatible with 10 per cent biodiesel rather than 5 per cent.

As an addition to the Land Rover Freelander 2 range, Land Rover will also offer customers a 2WD derivative, available in the UK from January 2011. This will be called the Land Rover Freelander 2 eD4 and it will be the most efficient Land Rover ever produced, with fuel consumption of 47.2mpg combined, and CO2 emissions of just 158g/km.

"The new Land Rover Freelander 2 eD4 moves Land Rover into the hugely popular and fiercely contested two wheel-drive SUV market," said Land Rover managing director Phil Popham. "The European market for two-wheel drive SUVs represents 23 percent of the segment and we intend to compete strongly here.

"A 2WD option is just one way in which we are developing our vehicles' efficiency whilst adding to the Land Rover range and expanding our appeal to a broader group of customers. We will continue to make the 'world's finest all-terrain vehicles' for those customers who require 4WD but will also now offer an alternative."

This groundbreaking Land Rover Freelander 2 eD4 is powered by the new 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine, delivering 150PS. It is only available with a six-speed manual transmission featuring Stop/Start technology as standard.

The exterior of the latest Land Rover Freelander 2 gets a new look for 2011. Marked out by a new front bumper assembly incorporating new front fog lap bezels, a new front grille finish, improved headlights and tail lamps, new full width tailgate appliqué and new 18- or 19-inch alloy wheel styles. There are three new colour schemes for 2011 Kosrae Green, Baltic Blue and Fuji White.

Inside the cabin, Land Rover's design team have revised the instrument dials, and there are four new seat styles with the option of a Premium Pack that includes Windsor Leather upholstery, an 8/6 way electric seat, plus premium carpet mats and covered centre stowage.

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