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Midlife makeover time for Freelander 2, stays faithful to Land Rover's cause

9 Feb 2011

LAND ROVER’S smallest model, the Freelander 2, gets a mid-life revamp with an expanded model line incorporating a new turbo-diesel engine and a cleaner-burning EU5 emissions standard petrol engine, along with revised trims and colours and higher levels of standard equipment.

Can the freshened Freelander lift the local fortunes for Land Rover’s stalwart compact SUV?

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Model release date: 1 February 2011 to 1 March 2015

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Land Rover Freelander 2

Released: July 2007
Ended: February 2011
Family Tree: Freelander

THE Freelander 2 arrived in Australia in 2007 as an all-new vehicle with a choice of the TD4 turbo-diesel or inline six-cylinder petrol engines.

, , It was one of the few SUVs in which the petrol engine was the pick over the diesel as the I6 is a sweet revving little unit that sits across the front of the baby Land Rover, while the 2.0-litre TD4 was a little underdone.

, , The new body is bigger and stiffer than the problem-plagued Freelander 1 and close to the original Discovery in size. , , With its new engine, chassis and body, the second-generation vehicle hasn’t shown any of the problems that gave the original such a bad name in the market., , In August 2009, Freelander 2’s base TD4 manual variant became available with emissions-reducing idle-stop technology, a first in the compact SUV segment.

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