LAND ROVER DELIVERS A PREMIUM NEW LOOK AND FEEL TO THE FREELANDER 2







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: November 27, 2012
Categories: Land Rover, Land Rover Freelander

  • New 2.0 Si4 Turbocharged petrol engine
  • New exterior design features give a sportier & purposeful look
  • Model range extended with new, sporty ‘Dynamic’  derivative
  • New premium interior design with improved storage, instrumentation and controls
  • New 7-inch colour touch-screen to control audio, phone and navigation systems
  • Meridian™ Surround Sound System for concert-like experience
  • Say What You See prompted voice commands
  • Rear View Camera with ‘Hitch Assist’

Land Rover Freelander

Land Rover has given the Freelander 2 a premium overhaul, delivering even better comfort, convenience and driving enjoyment. New derivatives, colours, exterior design features, upgraded equipment levels and continued choice of refined and economical diesel engines, all contribute to make this SUV even better.

Interior equipment levels soar to new heights in the Freelander 2 with a host of fresh and exciting features including three new colour ways as part of a ‘Dynamic’ derivative, brand new centre console, 7-inch colour touch-screen with enhanced audio systems from Meridian™  and satellite navigation.

Passive start replaces key dock and there’s a new ‘intelligent’ electric parking brake which adjusts brake force according to the slope the vehicle is parked on. ‘Say What You See’ - a voice activation system with visual prompts comes as part of the satellite navigation system, and rear view camera capability, are also both new to the Freelander 2.

Land Rover Freelander Engine

Exterior design details have been revamped for an integrated and co-ordinated appearance, including more contemporary lights at the rear using the latest LED technology and a new LED signature graphic in the front running lights.

“The Freelander 2’s equipment levels bring a more premium look and feel to the overall driving experience. In addition, our customers continue to benefit from our refined and economical range of diesel engines and an exciting new 2.0 Si4 turbo, direct injection petrol engine,” says John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.

He adds: “It’s another step forward for the Freelander 2 where outstanding equipment levels, superb design, safety and all-terrain capability continue to set the standards in this class.”

Land-Rover Freelander Entertainment

All these great new features are underpinned by the fact that the Freelander scores 5 stars in the coveted Euro NCAP for occupant safety. As the most capable SUV in its class, the Freelander 2 offers the durability and sure-footed all-terrain breadth of capability both on and off road that only a Land Rover can provide.

2.0 Si4 Turbocharged petrol replaces the 3.2 Si6

The 177kW petrol engine marks a key response to the changing demands of Freelander customers, replacing the 3,2 Si6 engine in the line-up locally.

Producing 177kW at 5500rpm the 2.0 Si4 Turbocharged motor offers flexible delivery as well as weight and packaging advantages over the outgoing V6 thanks to its all-aluminium construction. This aids dynamic agility while, of course, bringing further emissions and economy benefits.

Despite its small capacity, the 2.0 Si4 Turbocharged engine uses a low-inertia turbocharger that enables it to produce its high-specific power and torque outputs. The turbocharger is fed via a lightweight thin-walled exhaust manifold which allows for a shorter engine warm-up period and therefore lowers emissions still further.

In order to provide the muscular usability characteristics required, chain-driven variable timing is applied to both the intake and exhaust valves to maximise the broad spread of torque, strong bottom-end performance and outstanding drivability.

Designed from the outset with the goal of enhanced efficiency, the engine features specialised coatings on the piston rings and tappets in order to reduce unwanted internal friction. This same thinking led to the adoption of very precisely controlled direct injection technology. Fuel is injected in precisely measured doses several times during each combustion cycle to ensure the most efficient possible burn with the maximum benefit in terms of power generation and the lowest fuel consumption and emissions.

Twin balancer shafts enhance refinement along with active engine mounts, an acoustic cover and the use of high density foam for additional sound deadening.

In the Freelander 2 this engine is capable of accelerating to 100km/h in 8.8 seconds and on to 200km/h while at the same time achieving 9.6l/100km on the EU combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 224g/km.

An interior packed with exciting features

New features and more convenient equipment options bring a host of improved benefits to customers looking for a modern, all-terrain, multi-purpose vehicle.

The first thing you notice when entering the Freelander 2’s contemporary looking cabin is a brand new centre console. The original Terrain Response® dial has been replaced by switches and a shutter reveals additional storage space.

A new ‘Dynamic’ derivative becomes available which comes in three new interior colours, Ebony, Ivory or Pimento, each with matching stitching and co-ordinated door casings to complete the look.

A crisp new instrument cluster with a 5-inch screen displaying primary vehicle-related information, such as temperature and fuel levels, gear positions and Terrain Response® mode, now sits between the dials across the Freelander model range, complemented with steering wheel toggle switches to operate the clearest of drop down menus and vehicle set-up details.

Cabin space and safety are improved with the introduction of an intelligent electric parking brake which adjusts brake force according to the slope the vehicle is parked on. The system even takes into account whether the brakes are hot or cold. If hot, the system ‘wakes up’ periodically to ensure clamping force is not lost as the brakes cool down. Despite being operated by a single switch, the electric parking brake may still be used as an emergency brake, automatically selecting the most stable braking method by employing skid prevention techniques. An additional safety feature ensures the brake cannot be released unless the driving seat is occupied.

More convenience comes in the form of Passive Start which replaces the key docking system, meaning that as long as the key is somewhere inside the car, the engine starts at the touch of a button.

Another new feature for Freelander 2 is rear view camera capability, standard on HSE and optional on SE and Dynamic derivatives. The view from the back of the vehicle is displayed on the 7-inch Infotainment screen with dynamic lines representing the boundaries of the vehicle and your predicted path as you reverse. The system also incorporates ‘Hitch Assist’, a graphic superimposed on the camera showing the position of the tow ball.

The navigation system, standard on HSE and optional on SE and Dynamic derivatives, is enhanced with a faster hard drive-based system which comes with all the features the customer would expect such as ECO Route planning, Dynamic Zoom, Visual Lane guidance and POI (Point of Interest) management. You can also manage waypoints and store locations as well as POIs by name.

The new ‘Say What You See’ voice activation system will prompt the driver visually with the commands he or she needs to speak in order to control functions in the audio, satellite navigation, climate and phone systems. The prompts are displayed in an easy-to-follow ‘step by step’ format on the screen.  This system comes as part of the satellite navigation system.

Infotainment moves up a level

For the first time on Freelander 2, the premium Meridian™ Surround Sound audio system is available with a choice of 380W or 825W. The outstanding Meridian™ sound system is delivered with a new 7-inch colour touch-screen and either the 380W, 11-speaker system for exceptional stereo sound quality (standard on SE, Dynamic and HSE derivatives) or the impressive, optional 825W surround sound 17-speaker system with Trifield technology to provide a natural, enveloping concert-like experience for all occupants. Both are equipped with subwoofers for a deep, bass sound and Audyssey MultEQ audio tuning system. A 80W 8-speaker unit with new 5-inch colour display screen is available on S derivatives.

Equipped with AM/FM radio tuners, the music players support CD, DVD, Virtual CD, iPod and USB (optional on the 80W system). There’s also a 3.5mm aux jack input for music players and Bluetooth audio streaming to any supporting devices and wireless headphones (standard on SE, Dynamic and HSE derivatives, optional on S derivatives). The virtual CD comprises a hard drive which can store the equivalent of up to 10 Audio CDs identifiable using Gracenote (available with hard drive navigation).

Sharp detailing to the exterior

Three stunning new colours are added to the Freelander range, Aintree Green,  Mauritius Blue and Premium Metallic Havana, whilst an additional all new 17-inch alloy wheel design becomes available as an option on S and SE derivatives.

Exteriors gain a number of new integrated design features resulting in a co-ordinated and premium appearance. The front and rear lamps have been revamped giving the Freelander 2 a sportier yet purposeful new look, set off with a new signature graphic in the front running lights (available on SE, Dynamic and HSE derivatives). The grille and fog lamp bezels now sport a bright finish and there are paint detailing changes to the front grille surround, insert bars and fender vent to harmonise the different elements.

How the models line up

Intrinsic to every Freelander is Land Rover’s permanent 4WD with Terrain Response. The range starts with the Freelander TD4 S with a 110kW turbo diesel engine, 17 inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, rain sensing windscreen wipers, cruise control and manual transmission. The SD4 S comes with a 140kW turbo diesel engine and automatic transmission, whilst the SE has been enhanced with distinguishing features such as sunroof, headlamps with LED signature lighting, the 380W Meridian™ sound system as well as full leather, electric seats, Bluetooth with audio streaming, front and rear parking aid, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Dynamic version with a Si4 engine gets the same spec as an SE, and in addition, has a full exterior design pack including a tailgate spoiler, gloss black fender vents, grille bars and grille surround, complemented on the interior with three colourway choices of sport-themed electric Napoli leather seats. New and unique to the Dynamic are 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with a Diamond Turned finish.

The HSE, available with either a SD4 or a Si4 engine, is enhanced with wood interior trim and features a wide range of standard equipment including: satellite navigation, privacy glass, memory function for the driver’s seat and door mirrors, Xenon headlamps, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Heated front seats and a heated leather steering wheel become available as options across the range.  The 825W Meridian Surround Audio system is available as an option on SE, Dynamic and HSE derivatives, the tailgate spoiler is available as an option on S, SE and HSE derivatives and rear view camera is available as an option on SE and Dynamic derivatives.

Refined and economical diesels

Freelander buyers can continue to choose from two outstanding and highly refined diesel engines, the 2.2-litre 110kW TD4 and 140 kW SD4.  The diesels were updated for 2011 with a new turbocharger improving response and increasing maximum torque by five percent to 420Nm. Other improvements aimed at improving efficiency included a revised shifting strategy on the automatics, low drag engine oils, revised bearing designs and reduced noise levels.

Saving every last drop of fuel with smart charging

All Freelanders are equipped with Land Rover’s Intelligent Power System Management (IPSM) which includes Smart Regenerative Charging. This feature ensures that, where possible, the alternator only charges the battery as the vehicle is decelerating, recovering kinetic energy rather than consuming fuel. IPSM was designed as part of Land Rover’s e_TERRAIN TECHNOLOGIES programme which aims to continually improve engineering efficiency in every Land Rover.

Traditional Land Rover safety, durability and capability

Freelander 2’s are all equipped with the same, class-leading, intelligent four-wheel drive system as before. The system responds to changes in grip in 150 milliseconds to adjust torque between front and rear axles. Terrain Response® optimises the electronic systems for conditions and there are four settings, General Driving, Grass-Gravel-Snow, Mud & Ruts and Sand. Gradient Release control ensures smooth hill starts both ascending and descending for absolute safety and driver confidence on any surface. Land Rover’s Hill Descent Control remains standard to enable controlled descents on any surface.

When it comes to on-road handling dynamics, the Freelander 2 is top tier, thanks partly to the outstanding body stiffness. A structural undertray on the front subframe contributes to this, increasing steering precision, while the Freelander 2’s four-point engine mounting aids engine stability and increases driving refinement. A full range of stability systems provide a further safety net for the occupants including, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Engine Drag Control.

Naturally, the Freelander 2 earns a 5 star Euro NCAP award for outstanding adult occupant protection, with seven airbags in total, including two curtain, two front, two thorax and a driver’s knee bag.

2013 Freelander 2 Technical Data

 

TD4 110kW manual 4WD

SD4 140kW auto 4WD

Si4 177kW Auto 4WD

Height mm

1740

1740

1740

Width mm

2195

2195

2195

Length mm

4500

4500

4500

Wheelbase mm

2660

2660

2660

Turning Circle m

11.3

11.3

11.3

Min Weight from kg

1785

1805

1710

Front suspension

Macpherson strut with lower control arm and anti-roll bar

Macpherson strut with lower control arm and anti-roll bar

Macpherson strut with lower control arm and anti-roll bar

Rear suspension

Strut assembly with lateral and longitudinal links and anti-roll bar

Strut assembly with lateral and longitudinal links and anti-roll bar

Strut assembly with lateral and longitudinal links and anti-roll bar

Brakes

Ventilated front disc – 300mm; Solid rear disc – 302mm

Ventilated front disc – 300mm; Solid rear disc – 302mm

Ventilated front disc –316mm; Ventilated rear disc – 302mm

Steering

Hydraulic power assisted rack and pinion

Hydraulic power assisted rack and pinion

Hydraulic power assisted rack and pinion

Four Wheel-Drive system

Full time 4 wheel drive with Haldex rear axle differential

Full time 4 wheel drive with Haldex rear axle differential

 Full time 4 wheel drive with Haldex rear axle differential

Engine type

Transverse,

in-line 4-cylinder, 16-valve turbo diesel, common rail fuel injection

Transverse,

in-line 4-cylinder, 16-valve turbo diesel, common rail fuel injection

Transverse,

in-line 4-cylinder, 16-valve turbo petrol, direct injection

Displacement cc

2179

2179

1999

Bore/stroke mm

85 x 96

85 x 96

87.5 x 83.1

Compression ratio

15.8:1

15.8:1

10:1

Max power kW

110 @4000rpm

140 @3500rpm

177 @5500rpm

Max Torque Nm

420 @1750rpm

420 @1750rpm

340 @1750rpm

Fuel consumption

EU urban /extra urban /combined

L/100km

7.4 /5.6 /6.2

8.7 /5.8 /7.0

 

13.5 / 7.5 / 9.6

CO2 g/km       

165

185

224

Transmission

M66 EH50

6-Speed man

Aisin AWF21

6-Speed auto

Aisin AWF21

6-Speed auto

Fuel tank capacity litres

68

68

70

Range km

1095

970

574

0-100 kph

11.7

9.5

8.8

Top speed (kph)

181

190

200

Towing capacity (braked – kg)

2000

2000

2000