The original Land Rover Freelander caused a stir when it was launched in 1997. It proved so popular that it topped the 4x4 charts in Europe for five years and in the UK, it was the best-seller from its launch until 2005, according to Land Rover.
So, can the new Freelander 2 achieve the same level of popularity? There seems to be no reason why not. Whereas the previous model majored on functionality over form, the all-new Freelander 2 is more like a mini Range Rover both in looks and comfort levels. Unfortunately, these things come at a price.
The entry-level TD4 S is priced at £20,935 and the top-of-the-range i6 HSE is £33,990, which is quite a hefty price tag when compared to some other 4x4s on the market. However, Land Rover argues that the others don’t have the same off-road capability and point at the new levels of interior luxury and ride quality.
To a certain extent the company has a point - the car is faster and better on the road, it does have a more comfortable interior space and it’s more economical but I believe it’s the Land Rover name that swings it. For those who are fond of venturing into the unknown, the Land Rover badge is synonymous with off-road capability.
The test car was the TD4 model in HSE trim, which heads up the diesel range and bears a price tag of £30,935. The TD4, 2.2-litre, turbo-diesel is new to the Freelander 2 and is offered as an alternative to the i6, 3.2-litre petrol engine.
The diesel produces 160PS (158bhp) at 4,000rpm and 400Nm at 2,000rpm - 200Nm is available between 1,000 and 4,500rpm, so there is plenty of pulling power on tap. Until recently, this engine was only mated to a 6-speed manual transmission but can now, with the exception of the ‘S’ model, be ordered with the same 6-speed automatic gearbox with Command Shift, that appears in the i6 version.
This is a 13-year+ news article, from our Land Rover archive, which dates back to the year 2000.
If in doubt check with your local Land Rover dealer as car prices and technical data will have changed since 2007.
Although our car news is published in good faith, we cannot guarantee it to be error free or complete or up-to-date.
Land Rover Freelander Images may not be UK specification cars. Colours and exterior and/or interior elements may differ from actual models.
The car news and images remain the copyright of the rights holder and may not be used without their consent.