All-new Freelander 2 revealed

23 June 2006
Les Potts

All-new Freelander 2 revealedLand Rover has released pictures of the all-new Freelander 2 which, the company says, "redefines the compact premium 4x4 class".
New from the ground up, the exterior and interior design of the Freelander 2 is completely fresh, integrating the company's design language with a form that is instantly recognisable as the latest Land Rover.


The body is a five-door monocoque structure, with a high level of torsional rigidity which benefits refinement, comfort and handling on-road as well as ensuring the vehicle is fit for serious off-roading. The suspension is fully independent and uses the most modern stability control systems, including Roll Stability Control (RSC), a new and sophisticated technology that helps mitigate the risk of roll-over.

Although only 50 mm longer than the model it replaces, the Freelander 2 has more head, shoulder and legroom, in both the front and rear. Large glass areas emphasise the spacious feel and complement the elevated 'command driving' position and 'stadium seating', where rear passengers sit slightly higher than front occupants, for a clearer view of the world outside. Boot space is also among the best in class and 38 per cent larger than that of the outgoing Freelander.

The Freelander 2 is Land Rover's fourth all-new vehicle in just over four years, and follows the new Range Rover (2002), Discovery 3 (2004) and Range Rover Sport (2005). Their introductions contributed to record Land Rover sales worldwide in 2005. Technical highlights of the Freelander 2 include two brand-new engines: a 3.2-litre straight-six petrol and a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel.

Designed and engineered by Land Rover at Gaydon, near Warwick, Freelander 2 is built at the Halewood plant in Liverpool, where outstanding build quality has been acknowledged with a J.D. Power European Plant Quality Gold Award in 2005.

The original Freelander (launched in 1997) was the top-selling 4x4 in Europe for five years and remained the UK's best-selling 4x4 from launch until the end of 2005.

The all-new Freelander 2 will appear at the British International Motor Show at the Excel exhibition centre in London's Docklands from 18 July 2006.

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