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Official info, pics: Next Freelander

2006-06-26 07:53

Meet the new Land Rover Freelander LR2!

The next Freelander is nothing new to Wheels24 readers as we have published over the pas few weeks a "secret" brochure as well as leaked photos of the vehicle.

Land Rover will unveil the LR2 at the British Motor Show in July.

The fourth new model from Land Rover in just four years, LR2 joins the line-up of Range Rover (2002), Land Rover LR3 (2004) and Range Rover Sport (2005).

According to Land Rover the LR2 is new from the ground up and features a "dynamic design", while the vehicle offers more interior space too. It also comes with a number of advanced technologies.

Technical highlights of the LR2 include a brand-new 3.2-litre in-line six engine, which kicks out about 170 kW. This engine is matched to a new six-speed automatic transmission, with Land Rover's CommandShift offering manual sequential gear changes when required. There is also a driver-selectable sport mode, for livelier performance.

The body is a five-door monocoque structure, with a high level of torsional rigidity which benefits refinement, comfort and handling on-road as well as ensuring the vehicle is fit for serious off-road use.

The suspension is fully independent and uses the most modern stability control systems, including Roll Stability Control (RSC), a sophisticated technology that helps mitigate the risk of roll-over even in extreme conditions.

Land Rover says the LR2 is packed with new technologies to improve both on-road and off-road performance.

The carmaker's unique Terrain Response is standard, making off-road use easier.

Other interesting technologies include a new intelligent permanent all-wheel-drive system for superior traction and better on-road fuel economy, and the patented Gradient Release Control, which improves driver confidence and control when releasing the brakes on steep and slippery slopes.


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