Land Rover updates Freelander 2 for 2011


New efficient diesel engine boosts torque and improves fuel economy Improved transmissions with Stop/Start as standard on manual models Revised interior with new instrument dials Upgraded exterior, three new colour schemes and new alloy wheel options Land Rover is upgrading the 2011 Freelander 2 with a substantially upgraded 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine, sharper exterior looks…

  • New efficient diesel engine boosts torque and improves fuel economy
  • Improved transmissions with Stop/Start as standard on manual models
  • Revised interior with new instrument dials
  • Upgraded exterior, three new colour schemes and new alloy wheel options

Land Rover is upgrading the 2011 Freelander 2 with a substantially upgraded 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine, sharper exterior looks and a smarter cabin.

Both quieter and more refined than its predecessor, the 2.2-litre turbo diesel is available with either a 110 kW TD4 engine or a 140 kW SD4 varient. In both derivatives, the engine offers an impressive 420Nm of torque (20Nm more than the outgoing models) whilst improving fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

The TD4 is available with an updated manual transmission with Stop/Start as standard, while the 140 kW SD4 is available with a revised six-speed automatic .

Exterior design changes including new front bumper and grille, new alloy wheels and colour options, give the 2011 Freelander a fresh and distinctive look. Inside, a new range of seat styles finishes and instrumentation set the 2011 Freelander aside from previous models. Another small but significant change is to the Land Rover logo, which changes colour for 2011 from gold on green to a more contemporary bright silver on green.

New diesel 110 kW TD4 and 140 kW SD4 in detail

The successful 110 kW direct injection turbo diesel has been upgraded in two forms, 110 kW TD4 and 140 kW SD4. Both produce 20Nm more torque taking both versions to a substantial 420Nm for punchy, refined performance.

Both versions have a new variable geometry turbocharger and are re-calibrated from scratch to deliver the new levels of performance. The use of an Intelligent Power Management System (IPMS) provides ‘smart charging’ of the battery by recovering kinetic energy when the vehicle is slowing wherever possible, rather than consuming fuel by charging when the vehicle is accelerating.

Developed especially for this engine, the new variable geometry turbocharger is now water-cooled enabling it to run at a higher temperature thus enabling higher levels of emissions, power and torque. The engine has also been fitted with a new, more powerful ECU to handle the increased emissions requirements. The engine is fitted with a common rail system with fuel delivered by high-speed piezo injectors.

For the first time, the Freelander 2 diesel powertrains are compatible with 10 percent biodiesel rather than five percent. The piston rings have been revised to reduce friction. The main bearings have also been improved in line with the additional power and torque and the engine sump has been fitted with a cover to reduce radiated noise from the bottom of the engine.

The engine cover is made from materials which can be recycled at the end of the vehicle’s life. The front timing cover has been re-designed with extra ribbing to reduce radiated noise. The package of NVH improvements is completed by the addition of an ‘injector sock’, a soft rubberised layer fitted on top of the engine and beneath the engine cover to absorb injector noise.

A new sensor located in the exhaust manifold enables more accurate monitoring of internal turbocharger temperatures. Greater accuracy given by the new sensor system allows the functionality of the turbocharger to be further exploited to improve efficiency without compromising robustness.

These improvements make a substantial difference to refinement and economy and the measures to reduce radiated noise combine to reduce engine noise levels by a substantial 2db. The CO2 emissions of the 110 kW Td4 Freelander 2.2 litre diesel manual are now 174g/km (an 8% improvement in emissions) and 185g/km (a 14% improvement) for the 140 kW SD4 automatic. Correspondingly, fuel consumption of the 110 kW Freelander TD4 manual is 6.6L/100km and 7L/100km for the SD4 Auto.

Despite the reductions in consumption and emissions, there’s been no compromise in performance. The 110 kW Freelander TD4 manual accelerates from rest to 100kph in 11.7 seconds. The 140kW Freelander SD4 automatic completes the same task in 9.5 seconds, a 10.1% improvement over the outgoing model.

The top speed of the both manual and automatic Freelander TD4 also remains unchanged at 181kph, while the Freelander SD4 automatic can reach 190kph. Diesel models have also been fitted with a fuel tank mis-fuelling device as standard to prevent drivers accidentally filling up with petrol.

Stop/Start as standard on diesel manuals

All manual diesel models are equipped with Land Rover’s acclaimed Stop/Start, the first such system ever to be fitted to an SUV. The system closely controls throttle closing, ramps down fuelling and turns off the alternator to ensure the engine stops smoothly.

A detailed software strategy combined with the Freelander 2’s optimised engine mounting system ensures an equally smooth re-start. As before, the starter’s mechanical components have been upgraded to ensure durability throughout the life of the vehicle. This includes the use of a heavy duty ring-gear, new dual mass flywheel friction control plate, absorption glass mat battery and uprated starter motor.

The Start/Stop system has been further enhanced for 2011 with a bi-directional crank sensor and trigger wheel. This enables the system to establish the crankshaft position more quickly, which in turn reduces the crank time from 900ms to less than 700ms, an improvement of 22 percent. The ‘real world’ result experienced by the driver is improved sound quality and a noticeably quicker response. The lowest temperature at which the system can operate is now reduced from 4°C to 0°C.

Revised transmissions boost efficiency

A second generation Asin Warner AWF21 automatic transmission helps improve efficiency and emissions with a number of improvements. The Torque converter lock-up works over a wider range improving comfort, fuel economy and driveability, while optimisation of internal components reduces weight and inertia for faster shifting. The gear train has been improved with low drag torque friction plates, taper roller bearings and optimised components for greater efficiency. Transmission efficiency is also improved by a switch to low viscosity automatic transmission fluid, while the new control system is faster and has been reduced in weight.

The most significant change is the advanced neutral control logic which reduces drag when the vehicle is stationary, the engine at idle and Drive selected. While not actually selecting neutral, drive load is substantially reduced to save fuel and improve refinement. The calibration of the transmission has been revised by Land Rover engineers to reduce torque converter slip. It retains Land Rover’s Terrain Response features, CommandShift® and adaptive shifting.

The many functions of Terrain Response are underpinned by the high levels of body stiffness which provide the best foundation for excellent ride and handling characteristics as well as off-road performance. A structural undertray on the front sub-frame improves steering precision as well as protecting the underside of the vehicle and four point engine mounting aids engine stability and improves refinement.

The Getrag M66 six-speed manual gearbox, specially developed for the Freelander 2, is retained for the TD4. A robust, compact, four-shaft design, power is transmitted via a self-adjusting cable-actuated clutch as before.

Design enhancements both inside and out

The exterior of the Freelander gets a new look for 2011 with a new front bumper assembly incorporating new front fog lamp bezels. There’s a new front grille in two finishes, Dark Finish for the 110kW TD4 and Bright Finish for the 140kW. The Halogen projector headlamps are new, as are the rear tail lamps, which now have a clear inner lens and a black lens surround for greater definition.

The tailgate handle is now finished in body colour and the full width signature strip is finished in Noble. Additional body coloured parts include door handles, headlamp washer jets and door mirrors and on SD4 models the lower side door panels and rear bumper are fully painted as standard. Door mirrors now have a 10 percent larger glass area and to really set off the fresh styling there are also new 18″ and 19″ alloy wheels. The choice of colours has changed for 2011 too, with the addition of Kosrae Green, Baltic Blue and Fuji White.

In the cabin, there are two new contemporary seat styles – a stylish cloth trim, covered with new Resolve fabric and Napoli leather. Manual seats are available for the Td4 and a 6/4-way electric adjustment for the SD4 automatic.

New colourways compliment the revised upholstery design with Ebony, Tan and Ivory and there are matching door casings in Ebony PVC with Ivory stitching and Ebony PVC with Tan contrast stitching. Three new fascia finishers come in either Element Silver, Element Black and Dark Chestnut.

All 2011 Freelander 2s will benefit from a clear and contemporary new instrument pack too.

The Freelander 2 provides the safest possible environment for occupants. The Command Driving Position provides good visibility of all four corners of the vehicle and narrow A-pillars ensure that forward visibility is not compromised. There are seven airbags: two curtain, two front, two thorax and a driver’s knee bag as standard. The transverse engine mounting not only frees up interior space but offers impressive crash performance, helping the Freelander 2 achieve a 5 star Euro NCAP rating for adult occupant protection.

As with all Land Rovers, the Freelander has been rigorously tested worldwide in the UK, USA, Middle East, Australia and Russia in temperatures ranging from -40°C to +50C° and up to 95 percent humidity. The Freelander is also tested at altitudes of up to 4,000m.

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