Land Rover NZ puts updated Freelander 2 on sale

Land Rover NZ puts updated Freelander 2 on sale

A new diesel powertrain combined with a more upmarket interior and reworked exterior looks characterise the upgraded 2011 Freelander 2.

The Freelander’s re-engineered 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine comes with 140kWs as the SD4 or 110kWs as the TD4. The motor offers an impressive 420Nm of torque (20Nm more than the outgoing model) yet fuel economy or CO2 emissions are reduced. It is available with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Exterior design changes including new front bumper and grille, new alloy wheels and colour options. Inside, a new range of seat style finishes and instrumentation set the 2011 Freelander aside from previous models.

The new diesel has a new variable geometry turbocharger and is re-calibrated from scratch to deliver higher levels of power. The use of an Intelligent Power Management System (IPMS) provides ‘smart charging’ of the battery by recovering kinetic energy when the vehicle is slowing wherever possible, rather than consuming fuel by charging when the vehicle is accelerating.

Developed especially for this engine, the new variable geometry turbocharger is now water-cooled enabling it to run at a higher temperature thus enabling lower levels of emissions, power and torque. The engine has also been fitted with a more powerful ECU to handle the increased emissions requirements. The engine is fitted with a common rail system with fuel delivered by high-speed piezo injectors.

For the first time, the Freelander 2 diesel powertrains are compatible with 10 percent biodiesel rather than five percent. The piston rings have been revised to reduce friction. The main bearings have also been improved in line with the additional power and torque and the engine sump has been fitted with a cover to reduce radiated noise from the bottom of the engine.

These improvements make a substantial difference to refinement and economy and the measures to reduce radiated noise combine to reduce engine noise levels by a substantial 2db. The CO2 emissions of the Freelander 2.2 litre diesels are now 185g/km. Correspondingly, fuel consumption is 7.0L/100km.

Despite the reductions in consumption and emissions, there’s been no compromise in performance. The 140kW Freelander SD4 automatic accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.5 seconds (TD4-11.2). The top speed of the Freelander SD4 automatic is 190km/h (TD4 181km/h). Diesel models have also been fitted with a fuel tank miss-fuelling device as standard to prevent drivers accidentally filling up with petrol.

The many functions of Terrain Response are underpinned by the high levels of body stiffness which provide the best foundation for excellent ride and handling characteristics as well as off-road performance. A structural under tray on the front sub-frame improves steering precision as well as protecting the underside of the vehicle and four point engine mounting aids engine stability and improves refinement.

The exterior of the Freelander gets a new look for 2011 with a new front bumper assembly incorporating new front fog lamp bezels. There’s a new bright finish grille.   The Halogen projector headlamps are new, as are the rear tail lamps, which now have a clear inner lens and a black lens surround for greater definition. The tailgate handle is now finished in body colour and the full width signature strip is finished in Noble. Additional body coloured parts include door handles, headlamp washer jets and door mirrors and the lower side door panels and rear bumper are fully painted as standard. Door mirrors now have a 10 percent larger glass area and to really set off the fresh styling there are also new optional 19″ alloy wheels. The choice of colours has changed for 2011 too, with the addition of Kosrae Green, Baltic Blue and Fuji White.

New colour ways compliment the revised upholstery design with Ebony, Tan and Ivory and there are matching door casings in Ebony PVC with Ivory stitching and Ebony PVC with Tan contrast stitching. Four new fascia finishers come in Element Silver, Element Black, Dark Chestnut and Piano Black lacquered finish. This lacquered black theme is also carried over onto the steering wheel switch pack.

At the high end of the option range, there’s a new Premium Luxury Pack option with Windsor Leather upholstery in Ebony, Almond, Ivory or Tan colour ways. The Pack includes the 8/6 way electric seat plus premium carpet mats and covered centre stowage.

The Freelander 2 provides the safest possible environment for occupants. The Command Driving Position provides good visibility of all four corners of the vehicle and narrow A-pillars ensure that forward visibility is not compromised. There are seven airbags: two curtain, two front, two thorax and a driver’s knee bag as standard. The transverse engine mounting not only frees up interior space but offers impressive crash performance, helping the Freelander 2 achieve a 5 star Euro NCAP rating for adult occupant protection.

The 2011 Freelander 2 is on sale now from $65,990 + On Road Costs.

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