Land Rover Reveals All-New Freelander 2 In London


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Land Rover's Phil Popham (right) and Geoff Upex reveal the All-New Freelander 2

ExCeL, LONDON - July 18, 2006: Land Rover's all-new Freelander 2 made its world debut earlier today at the British International Motor Show at ExCeL exposition center in London's Docklands. The vehicle is displayed on the Land Rover show stand alongside an updated, 2007 model year Range Rover TDV8, a Range Rover Sport TDV6 and a Discovery 3 TDV6.

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The Freelander 2 is new from the ground up, with outstanding on-road performance as well as the class-leading off-road ability expected of a true Land Rover. A dynamic design, purposeful stance, smart and spacious interior and an abundance of advanced technologies complete the package.

Technical highlights of the Freelander 2 include:

• Two new engines:

*2.2-litre TD4 diesel (160 PS / 118 kW) – better fuel economy than its predecessor (37.7 mpg : 7.5 l/100 km) and 43 per cent more power

*3.2-litre i6 petrol (233 PS / 171 kW) – 30 per cent more powerful than the outgoing V6 with 10 per cent improvement in fuel economy

• Full-time intelligent 4x4 that helps optimise traction and fuel economy

• Land Rover’ s unique Terrain Response™ – for easier off-road driving – heads a long list of advanced technologies, many new to the class

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For the 2007 model year, the Range Rover gains a powerful, refined, all-new TDV8 diesel engine, which cuts the 0-60 mph sprint (and 0-100 km/h) by over four seconds, but has the same fuel economy as the outgoing diesel (25.1 mpg combined average). Added technologies include Land Rover’s acclaimed Terrain Response, electronic park brake and electronic rear ‘e’ differential. The improved cabin also gains extra stowage, enhanced finishes and more effective air-conditioning – plus the option of cooled front seats.

Land Rover's managing director, Phil Popham, said: "We are delighted to be supporting the British International Motor Show here in London with two product debuts – it is our home show and is very important to our business. The first of these products, an updated Range Rover, comes with a new TDV8 engine which has a balance of performance, refinement and economy that is unmatched – it makes this vehicle even more desirable."

He continued: "The Freelander 2 sets new standards in the sector, combining the advantages of a premium car with the attributes of a robust 4x4. We believe that no other compact 4x4 gets closer to blending these best-of-both-worlds abilities."

The Range Rover for 2007 goes on sale from September this year, with the Freelander 2 following it into Land Rover showrooms from December. Prices for the Freelander 2 will start at approximately 22,000 and rise to over 30,000. Land Rover dealers are taking orders for the new vehicles now and more specification information such as available colours and 360 degree design tours are available online at www.landrover.co.uk.

Visitors to the motor show can experience Land Rover's current range of products for themselves by visiting the Land Rover Terrapod off-road course, situated outside the south hall of the ExCeL exhibition centre. Free-passenger rides are available over the Terrapod's challenging off-road obstacles, designed and engineered by leading outdoor event agency, D3 Ltd, co-organisers of the Land Rover G4 challenge.

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