The Freelander 2 presented a big step forward for Land Rover in the small SUV market at the time of its launch at the British International Motor how in 2006. It was the first Land Rover with front wheel drive to improve fuel economy and CO2 emissions. This second generation of the marque built on the popularity of the Freelander 1 with interior improvements, more standard safety features and a modified version of the Terrain Response off-road driving system also fitted to the Discovery 3 and the Range Rover.
Freelander 2 Parts
The challenge for all SUVs is to balance on road comfort and handling with off road ability. The Freelander 2 is a very comfortable car capable of competing with the equivalent BMW and Audi models of the era. Built on a modified Ford EUCD platform (the company owners at the time) its independent coil sprung suspension, power steering, and automatic transmission delivered good on road driving. The transversely mounted engine afforded more interior space. Capable of seating five, it remained popular as a family vehicle with a large 755 litre boot space. The styling had also evolved to make it sit alongside the Discovery and Range Rover, while its compact form makes it easier to manoeuvre. As would be expected from a Land Rover it excels when venturing off road with the correct 4x4 tyres for the terrain, and this newer version has better ground clearance. The Freelander 2 remained in production until 2014 and has since been replaced by the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque.