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Sub-160g/km Freelander on the way

The 2011 Freelander 2 model range, on sale in the UK from the end of September includes a new 2.2-litre diesel engine available with either 150PS or 190PS outputs, a new look exterior plus a new Premium Pack option.

There will be an eD4 two-wheel drive model also available that is capable of 47.2mpg and producing emissions below the critical 160g/km benchmark. The eD4 version has emissions of 158g/km.

This 2WD derivative will be available in the UK from January 2011. It will be the most efficient Land Rover ever produced.

"The new Freelander 2 eD4 moves Land Rover into the hugely popular and fiercely contested two wheel-drive SUV market," said Land Rover managing director Phil Popham. "The European market for two-wheel drive SUVs represents 23% of the segment and we intend to compete strongly here.

"A 2WD option is just one way in which we are developing our vehicles' efficiency whilst adding to the Land Rover range and expanding our appeal to a broader group of customers.  We will continue to make the 'world's finest all-terrain vehicles' for those customers who require 4WD but will also now offer an alternative."

Land Rover's new turbo diesel engine is available in the 4WD TD4 150PS model featuring a manual transmission and Stop/Start technology as standard, or the new SD4 model delivering 190PS (available in automatic transmission only).

This new engine is quieter, more efficient and both derivatives have 20Nm more torque than the outgoing engine.

Emissions have been reduced to 165g/km and 185g/km respectively with corresponding fuel economy benefits.

The 190PS Freelander SD4 accelerates from rest to 60mph in 8.7 seconds with an increased top speed of 118mph. The Freelander 150PS TD4 manual and automatic versions match the performance of their predecessors.

As well as being upgraded from EU4 to EU5, both versions have a new variable geometry turbocharger and have been re-calibrated to deliver new levels of power, meet emissions regulations and reduce emissions. 

They are fitted with a catalysed diesel particulate filter as standard and are now compatible with 10% biodiesel rather than 5%.

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