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Stop-start Freelander in SA

2009-07-28 09:54
Touted as the world's first production SUV using stop-start technology, the Land Rover Freelander 2 TD4_e and averages around 6.7 l/100 km.

The TD4_e uses Land Rover's existing 2.2-litre TD4 four cylinder turbodiesel engine with 118 kW and 400 Nm on tap and mates it to a six-speed manual gearbox. A stop-start system shuts down the engine when the SUV comes to a stop.

Shutting down the engine, typically at red traffic lights, reduces fuel consumption in heavy traffic by up to 20% and sees this Freelander emitting 8% less CO2, Land Rover says. Engine restart is instantaneous and occurs as soon as the accelerator is depressed.

TD4_e returns a combined fuel consumption of 6.7 l/100 km, although once it gets going, is able to sprint from 0 - 100 km/h in 11.7 seconds and has a top end of 181 km/h.

At the touch of a button

When activated, the system will cut the engine without affecting vehicle lighting and the entertainment systems. However, the system may keep the engine running or automatically switch it back on again when it detects battery charge levels are low or cabin temperature levels are slipping.

This Freelander is also equipped with Land Rover's Terrain Response system to regulate the vehicle's four-wheel drive system.

The stop-start function is automatically deactivated when any of the Terrain Response programmes are selected, but can also be deactivated by pressing a button on the dashboard.

TD4_e also introduces a number of cosmetic changes to the Freelander range, including minor updates to the interior and a number of new exterior colour options.

Price (including a three-year/100 000 km maintenance plan):
Freelander 2 TD4_e   R377 500


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