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The Land Rover
Land Rover
Freelander was a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) which was produced by the British manufacturer Land Rover,[1] in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive versions, from 1997 to 2014. The second generation, launched in 2007, was marketed as the LR2 in North America and as the Freelander 2 in Europe. It uses a monocoque (unibody) structure, in common with almost all other crossovers in its class, but unlike traditional SUVs built with body-on-frame designs.[2] The Freelander was replaced by the Discovery Sport in 2015.[3]

Contents

1 First generation (L314; 1997–2006)

1.1 Model variations 1.2 Engines 1.3 Marketing

2 Freelander 2 (L359; 2006–2014)

2.1 Freelander 2 TD4_e 2.2 Freelander 2 eD4

3 Worldwide sales 4 References 5 External links

First generation (L314; 1997–2006)[edit]

First generation (L314)

Facelift Freelander Sport 3-door

Overview

Production October 1997–Late 2006

Assembly Solihull, United Kingdom Rayong, Thailand

Designer Gerry McGovern

Body and chassis

Body style 5-door SUV 3-door convertible

Powertrain

Engine 1.8 L K-Series I4 2.5 L Rover KV6 V6 2.0 L BMW M47
BMW M47
TD I4 2.0 L L-Series TD I4

Transmission 5-speed automatic 5-speed manual

Dimensions

Wheelbase 101.0 in (2,565 mm)

Length 2001–2003 5-door: 175.0 in (4,445 mm) 2004–2006 5-door: 174.1 in (4,422 mm) 3-door: 175.1 in (4,448 mm)

Width 2001–2003: 71.1 in (1,806 mm) 2004–2006: 71.2 in (1,808 mm)

Height 2001–2003 5-door: 68.9 in (1,750 mm) 2004–2006 5-door: 69.0 in (1,753 mm) 3-door: 67.2 in (1,707 mm)

Facelift Land Rover
Land Rover
Freelander 3-door (United Kingdom)

Facelift Land Rover
Land Rover
Freelander (Australia)

Market research by the Rover Group
Rover Group
in the late 1980s suggested that Land Rover
Land Rover
could enter the compact SUV market segment. In the early 1990s, the Rover Group
Rover Group
had a restricted product development budget and looked for a partner to develop the project, which was codenamed CB40 (after Canley Building 40, where the concept was initially developed). Rover's then-partner Honda
Honda
declined and chose to develop its own CR-V model that was launched in 1997. Rover decided to go it alone with the CB40, using existing parts and components, as it had done with the MGF roadster. The floorpan was based on that of the Austin Maestro, and minor components such as interior door handles were Maestro items. When BMW
BMW
took over Rover Group in 1994, the CB40 project received the capital it needed to proceed. In December 2007, Autocar reported that early development designs and sketches of the Freelander featured Hyundai badging, suggesting that a tie up between both manufacturers was being proposed. The design of the Freelander was by Gerry McGovern, who went on become the head of design at Land Rover
Land Rover
in 2007.[4] Land Rover
Land Rover
initially intended to subcontract the manufacture of the Freelander to Valmet
Valmet
in Finland, however BMW
BMW
terminated this agreement upon acquiring the Rover Group, and instead funded production facilities at Solihull, finally making use of the old Rover SD1 assembly hall which had been mothballed in the early 1980s, when Rover car production was moved to Cowley. The Freelander was launched in October 1997. It became Europe's best-selling four-wheel drive model until 2002.[5][citation needed] The last Freelanders in North America
North America
were sold as 2005 models. Model variations[edit] [original research?]

Pre–facelift Land Rover
Land Rover
Freelander SE 4-door (US)

Pre–facelift Land Rover
Land Rover
Freelander 2-door (US)

There were a variety of models, based around five-door estate and three-door softback (semi-convertible), hardback, and commercial (van-like) versions. In 2004, Land Rover
Land Rover
introduced an improved and upgraded version of the Mark I; changes included a new interior and major external revisions, including a new face and rear. The three-door model was available in E, S, ES, Sport and Sport Premium trim and the five-door model in available in E, S, ES, HSE, Sport and Sport Premium trim. Engines[edit] Engine
Engine
choices include:

1.8-litre I4 Rover K-Series petrol (1997–2006), badged as '1.8i', 'Xi' or 'XEi' (Not sold in North America) 2.0-litre I4 Rover L-series diesel (1997–2000), badged as 'Di', 'XDi' or 'XEDi' 2.0-litre I4 BMW M47
BMW M47
diesel (2001–2006), badged as 'Td4' 2.5-litre V6 Rover KV6 Engine
Engine
petrol (2001–2006), badged as 'V6'

Manual gearboxes dominated the early models, but automatic Tiptronic-style gearboxes (Jatco JF506E) became increasingly popular and were standard on the V6. The Automatic Tiptronic gearbox was also available as an option on the Td4. Marketing[edit] The first generation Freelander was used in the 1998 Camel Trophy and participated in Land Rover's G4 Challenge. The vehicle represented a compromise because it did not have a low-range gear selection, nor a locking differential, as found on larger Land Rover
Land Rover
models. This meant that in comparison to other Land Rovers, off-road performance was not as good. In comparison to similar models produced by other manufacturers in the same period of time like the Honda
Honda
CRV or the Toyota RAV4, however, the first generation Freelander was far more competent off-road. It had more than sixteen patented features, including the IRD or Intermediate Reduction Drive, which acted as a front differential and fixed ratio transfer; the VCU or viscous-coupling, which reacts to the differing rotational speed of the prop shafts, allowing varying torque across itself; and the Hill Descent Control system, which was then implemented in the rest of the Land Rover
Land Rover
range and even in the first generation BMW
BMW
X5. ( BMW
BMW
was the parent company of Rover Group
Rover Group
at the time of the introduction of this model). This first generation also used a Traction Control system and a special version of ABS produced by Wabco and modified to assist driving in off-road situations. Lack of the MG Rover K18 and KV6 engines after the end of the MG Rover production led Land Rover
Land Rover
to discontinue the model on 31 August 2005 in the U.S. and Canada. Freelander 2 (L359; 2006–2014)[edit]

Freelander 2 (L359)

Pre-facelift Land Rover
Land Rover
LR2 (US)

Overview

Also called Land Rover
Land Rover
LR2 Land Rover
Land Rover
Freelander 2

Production 2006 – December 2014

Assembly Halewood
Halewood
Body & Assembly, Halewood, United Kingdom Pune, Maharashtra, India
India
(CKD)[6] Changsu, China Aqaba Assembly Plant, Jordan

Body and chassis

Body style 5-door SUV

Platform Ford
Ford
EUCD platform

Related Volvo XC60 Volvo S80 Jaguar X-Type Ford
Ford
Mondeo Range Rover
Range Rover
Evoque[7]

Powertrain

Engine Petrol engines: 2.0 L Ford
Ford
EcoBoost 243 PS I4 3.2 L Ford
Ford
SI6 233 PS I6 Diesel engines: 2.2 L Ford
Ford
Duratorq 150 PS eD4 2.2 L Ford
Ford
Duratorq 160 PS TD4 2.2 L Ford
Ford
Duratorq 190 PS SD4

Transmission 6-speed Getrag M66EH50 manual 6-speed Aisin
Aisin
AWF21 automatic

Dimensions

Wheelbase 104.7 in (2,659 mm)

Length 177.2 in (4,501 mm)

Width 75.2 in (1,910 mm)

Height 68.5 in (1,740 mm)

Kerb weight 3,902–4,300 lb (1,770–1,950 kg)

The second generation, named the Freelander 2 (codename L359), debuted at the 2006 British International Motor Show
British International Motor Show
retaining the Freelander name in Europe and marketed as the LR2 in North America
North America
— mirroring the marketing of the new third generation Land Rover
Land Rover
Discovery as LR3. A presentation at the Kensington Roof Gardens
Kensington Roof Gardens
was held for journalists featuring celebrity tennis player Maria Sharapova.[8] Production ended at the end of 2014.[9]

Pre-facelift Land Rover
Land Rover
Freelander 2 HSE TD4 (Australia)

Facelift Land Rover
Land Rover
Freelander 2 (United Kingdom)

Interior

The second generation Freelander is based on the Ford
Ford
EUCD platform, which itself is based on the Ford
Ford
C1 platform. The Ford
Ford
EUCD platform will be used by more upcoming vehicles from Volvo. The engine range is all-new for Freelander, featuring transversely-mounted 3.2-litre straight-six engine of the Ford
Ford
SI6 series, which debuted in the new Volvo S80, as well as the 2.2-litre DW12 common rail turbodiesel engine, co-developed by Ford
Ford
and PSA Peugeot Citroën. Unlike previous Land Rovers, the second generation Freelander is manufactured in the Halewood
Halewood
Body & Assembly facility, near Liverpool, and was until 2009 manufactured alongside the Jaguar X-Type — as Jaguar X-Type
Jaguar X-Type
and Landrover Freelander both used modified version of Ford's front wheel drive platform. The new Freelander features higher ground clearance and off-road capabilities that are closer to other Land Rover
Land Rover
models.[10] The second generation has improved quality interior with more safety features as standard.[11] The Freelander 2 features a modified version of the Terrain Response off-road driving system as fitted to the Discovery 3 and the Range Rover. The 4WD system was developed in conjunction with Haldex and was called Third generation coupling. Vehicles from the 2009 model year are fitted with a modified design of the active on-demand coupling, known as Haldex's Fourth generation. The new Freelander was first marketed in the U.S. in 2007 as the LR2. The 2008 version is called the LR2 HSE. The limited run HST had added side trim, front valance, and 19-inch wheels. A Ford
Ford
3.2-litre inline six-cylinder engine producing 230 hp (170 kW) is standard, with a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. In the United Kingdom, the standard engine is the Ford
Ford
2.2-litre diesel. The TD4 version of the engine produces 150 hp (110 kW) and 160 hp (120 kW), while the SD4 comes with 190 hp (140 kW). Interior appointments include an Alpine 440-watt 14-speaker surround sound audio and a 7-inch touch navigation screen options, while the newer models can be equipped with an Meridian audio system, which comes with a surround sound 17-speaker system with Trifield technology, producing 825 Watts. The Meridian system is also equipped with subwoofers and Audyssey MultEQ audio tuning system. Also a 5-inch colour display screen is standard even at the newer entry-level models. An optional cold climate package includes heated front windscreen, heated front seats with two heating levels and heated windscreen washers. The optional lighting package includes bi-xenon headlights, adaptive front-lighting, memory for the driver seat, as well as exterior mirrors and approach and puddle lamps. Freelander 2 TD4_e[edit] The Freelander TD4_e features stop-start technology to improve fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions. The system cuts out the engine when the vehicle is stationary, neutral is selected and the clutch engaged; the engine restarts when the clutch pedal is depressed.[12] The system includes a heavy-duty starter motor that also acts as a generator to recover energy through regenerative braking that is then stored in capacitors to restart the engine reducing stress on the vehicle's battery and electrical system.[13] The stop-start system became available in spring 2009 on Freelander 2 TD4 models. Freelander 2 eD4[edit] For the 2011 model year, the option of two wheel drive (badged as eD4) was available. This version also lost Terrain Response and Hill Descent Control. For the 2014 model year, the Freelander gets a revised look with a grill and new interior piece. Worldwide sales[edit] Total sales are from 2009 only.

Year Sales

2009 37,909

2010 54,833

2011 51,954

2012 48,332

2013 57,691

2014 56,622

2015 3,278

Total 310,619

[14] References[edit]

^ "Joint Venture, Subsidiary and Associate Companies: Jaguar Land Rover". Tata Motors. Archived from the original on 6 December 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010.  ^ "New Land Rover
Land Rover
LR2 / Freelander 2 debuts in London". Autoblog.com.  ^ Steve Cropley. "2015 Land Rover
Land Rover
Discovery Sport - pricing, specs and video". autocar.co.uk.  ^ "New design boss for Land Rover". Car Magazine. 14 August 2006. Retrieved 14 June 2015.  ^ You & Your Land Rover
Land Rover
Freelander - Buying, enjoying, maintaining, modifying; Haynes Publishing; 2003, page 54 ^ "Jaguar Land Rover
Land Rover
Opens Assembly Plant in India, Rolls Out its First Model". carscoop.blogspot.com. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011.  ^ "Vehicle Development - Automotive Engineer". ae-plus.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2017.  ^ Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
reveals the all-new LR2 Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "DISCOVERY SPORT PRODUCTION BEGINS". Land Rover
Land Rover
Owner International. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2015.  ^ "What Car First look: new Land Rover
Land Rover
Freelander – Introduction". Whatcar.com. 20 June 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2010.  ^ "European report on Freelander safety". Euroncap.com. Retrieved 30 September 2010.  ^ Baker, Erin (12 December 2008). " Land Rover
Land Rover
Freelander TD4_e launch of the first of its low-emissions initiatives". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 30 September 2010.  ^ " Land Rover
Land Rover
Freelander 2 TD4_e (2009–) Car Review Road Test 4car". Channel 4. Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2009.  ^ "Tata Motors - Investors - JLR Volumes". tatamotors.com. 

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