The Land Rover Freelander 2 is a compact ute. The car is the evolution of the Land Rover Freelander, which has been produced since 1997. The current incarnation, the Freelander 2, has been offered since 2006, and the lasting nature of its production is a testament to its high quality and dependability. The ute is produced in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive versions and has a monocoque (unibody) structure, as opposed to the traditional body-on-frame design found in most traditional utes.
The first generation of the Freelander was the first car to feature the proprietary Land Rover Hill Descent Control System. The original models of this particular make raced in the 1998 Camel Trophy as well as Land Rover’s G4 Challenge. The cars, produced in Land Rover’s Solihull plant in the United Kingdom, featured quality design and attractive styling. The newest version improved significantly on this trend. The sleek lines featured inside and out, improved safety features, and elegant interior styling were all new to the Freelander 2.
From the beginning, the Freelander was offered in a wide variety of models based around three-door softback and five-door estate versions, as well as hardback and commercial van-like versions. Throughout the two generations, the Freelander and Freelander 2 have been offered in a range of different trims, each with their own engine options under the bonnet. The first generation of the Freelander was offered from 1997 to 2006, while the Freelander 2, developed in 2006, continues to be offered today.
The Freelander 2 is generally known for its off-roading abilities. The high ground clearance and Terrain Control system in the second generation Freelander 2 make for a vehicle that is much smaller than other Land Rovers but has comparable off-roading abilities. In addition, the car has been hailed for being easy-to-drive on-road. The Freelander 2 could be a great option for those looking for a ute who live in a city, but still occasionally like to drive adventurously.
The Freelander 2, produced in Halewood, England (for years alongside the Jaguar X-Type) generally features a 2.2-litre diesel engine. The engine that comes along with the entry-level TD4 trim has an output of 110kW, and the turbocharged engine packs 440Nm in torque. In addition, the engine clocks in at a fuel consumption of 6.2L/100km.
On all manual-transmission TD4s, a special Stop/Start system comes standard. The system increases fuel efficiency by stopping the engine when the car is stationary. The engine on the mid-range Freelander 2 SE is a 2.2-litre PSA DW12 engine with an output of 110kW. The turbocharged engine delivers 420Nm in torque. This particular engine has a fuel economy of 7L/100Km. On the range-topping Freelander 2 HSE you’ll find a 2.2-litre 140Kw engine which produces 420Nm of torque. This engine features Land Rover’s special CommandShift technology standard. The engine is rated for 7.0L/100km fuel economy and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in an impressive 9.5 seconds.
The standard Freelander 2 (the TD4 trim) comes with many options that are usually considered optional on competing utes. These include a panoramic duel panel sunroof, fog lights in the front and the rear, keyless ignition, rear parking sensors, power leather seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, and advanced climate control.
Land Rover has always been committed to luxury, and that commitment shows in even the most basic Freelander 2. The kit becomes more impressive in more up market trims, with the availability to add a 14-speaker surround sound audio system, touch navigation, Xenon headlights, driver’s seat memory, adaptive front lighting, and a cold climate package that includes heated seats and windshields. Those options come with the higher range SE and HSE trims.
When it comes to competition, the Freelander 2 has plenty. Compact utes have become increasingly popular recently in Australia and around the world, and the Freelander 2 has faced stiff competition since its launch in 2006. Competitors include the updated Audi Q5, the Volvo XC60, and the Volkswagen Tiguan. The standard Audi Q5 features a 2.0-litre TSFI engine with an output of 165kW. The basic Volvo model comes with a 1.6-litre V-4 engine with an output of 132kW and 240Nm of torque. The base-trim Tiguan from Volkswagen comes equipped with a 1.4-litre TSI engine with a max power of 118Kw and a max torque of 240Nm.