The cars : Land Rover Freelander

The cars : Land Rover Freelander

It started out as an idea to produce a lifestyle vehicle at the end of the 1980s, but by the time of its announcement nearly a decade later, the Land Rover Freelander was meeting a very real challenge issued by the Japanese. Despite a fair bit of parts-bin engineering, the Freelander emerged as truly capable […]

News : Land Rover Defender reaches the end of the line

Land Rover Defender (1990-2015)

The Defender came about as Land Rover expanded its model portfolio to include the Discovery. With more than one model at all, it was no longer suitable to sell the car as the 'Land Rover'. The Defender was effectively a lightly facelifted 90/110 that also received the Discovery's turbodiesel engine to create the popular 200Tdi model. The V8 version continued as before, but with the new turbodiesel on board, its sales were seriously overshadowed.

The Land Rover Defender – one of the few genuinely classic cars you can still buy new – is to go out of production in 2015. The iconic off-roader, which has been on sale since 1948 in one form or another, gets the chop in the face of escalating safety regulations and a changing market […]

First Drive : Land Rover Freelander SD4 HSE Lux

Freelander (1)

Keith Adams The Land Rover Freelander 2 has been with us since 2006 and yet still enjoys strong sales and a healthy following in the UK 4×4 market. However, just because it’s the market leader doesn’t mean that Land Rover has been able to rest on its laurels, as this subtle late-life facelift for 2013 clearly […]

Blog : Why I hate the Land Rover Freelander

Freelander (8)

Mike Humble Part of me feels guilty for writing this article on the Freelander, Land Rover’s baby 4×4. This is, after all, a site in which we cherish our fading British car companies and celebrate some of the great names that once pounded the highways and by-ways of England. But there again, we all differ […]

News : Freelander gets a nip ‘n’ tuck for 2013

Freelander 09

The Land Rover Freelander has received a package of updates for 2013, which its maker hopes will maintain the popularity of its core model range in the post-Evoque era. The facelift majors on the interior, which promises to be more upmarket with ‘premium’ feel. But with styling changes limited to a few minor ones that […]

Concepts and prototypes : Freelander

Freelander underwent a rather convoluted development programme; it started out as a joint Rover Cars/Land Rover project to produce a vehicle to compete in the emerging “crossover” market, as epitomised by the Suzuki Vitara… The initial projects crystallised into the Rover Oden and Land Rover Pathfinder. It was the latter that survived into maturity, and […]

Land Rover : Halewood celebrates production of 250,000th Freelander 2

Land Rover celebrates production of the 250,000th Freelander 2

Land Rover employees at the company’s Halewood manufacturing plant on Merseyside are today celebrating an important milestone achievement − the production of the 250,000th Freelander 2. Production of the Freelander 2 began in 2007 and, today, the plant’s 250,000th Freelander 2 will be driven off of the line. Land Rover is also celebrating a growing demand […]

Press Report : Land Rover launching Freelander stop-start Editorial Team, 1st December, 2008 An in-house engineering team and two major component suppliers have together developed Land Rover’s new fuel-saving stop-start technology which will be available on manual diesel Freelander models from next May. A Land Rover spokesman said the control system was developed by the automaker’s engineering centre at Gaydon, Warwickshire, while Bosch provided the engine […]

Archive : Freelander Does the Business

Land Rover has launched a major new derivative of the award-winning permanent four-wheel drive Freelander. Unveiled at the Fleet Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham, the Freelander Commercial is based on the three-door Hardback model and costs from just £17,300 on the road. Deliveries to customers begin in September. Targeted at major fleets, small businesses […]

Archive : BMW looks for Rover return

New launch needs to make a start on repaying a £2bn investment. David Brierley reports Tomorrow, the Land Rover Freelander goes on sale in Britain. The fourth new model in the 50-year history of the marque, it could signal a crucial turning-point in the troubled history of Rover Group. “The reaction in the press and […]