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The Freelander was introduced in 1997 with the Freelander 2 being released in 2006. This was the first time that Land Rover had tried to make a car-like vehicle with off-road abilities and it was also the first vehicle that Land Rover had designed that wasn’t built on a chassis.
Available in two- and four-door bodies, all Freelanders of the same generation are actually the same size - 101” wheelbase for Series 1, 104.7” for the Series 2. Being designed more as a car, the Freelander does not have the same complex mechanical transmission used in most other Land Rover products, instead utilising a lot of electronic controls and driving aids. This reliance on black box technology does allow a Freelander to punch well above its weight in terms of ability in relation to its size, but may yet prove to be the life-limiting factor of Freelanders.
The Freelander 2 is based on the Ford EUCD platform (which is also used as the base for the Range Rover Evoque) and uses a Volvo 3.2 straight-six engine or a PSA Peugeot Citroën 2.2 Diesel. In any guise, the Freelander packs a surprising amount of punch and off-road ability - don’t be fooled by the softer, more rounded lines of the earlier models, which are now old enough to start becoming regarded as classics in their own right.
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