2011 Land Rover Freelander 2 will go on sale in the UK from the end of September, this year. The facelifted version of the model features a new 2.2 litre diesel engine with either 150PS or 190PS. Furthermore, the SUV has minor updates to the exterior and interior. Last, but not least, 2011 Freelander 2 will be available with a new Premium Pack option.

The new turbo-diesel engine is available in the 4WD TD4 150PS version mated with manual transmission and intelligent Stop/Start technology as standard. An automatic gearbox without Stop/Start is available as an option. The SD4 model with 190PS is available in automatic transmission only.

The new power unit is quieter, more fuel efficient and has 20Nm more torque than the old one.  This means the 2011 Freelander 2 offers improved engine response and more mid-range strength for towing. CO2 emissions have been significantly reduced to 165g/km and 185g/km respectively with corresponding fuel economy benefits.

2011 Freelander 2, 1 of 2
2011 Freelander 2, 2 of 2

The acceleration of the 190PS Freelander SD4 from 0 to 60mph is in 8.7 seconds and the top speed 118mph, which is more than satisfying for such a big vehicle. The Freelander 150PS TD4 manual and automatic versions match the performance of their predecessors.

Both versions are upgraded from EU4 to EU5 by adding a new variable geometry turbocharger, a catalysed diesel particulate filter as standard.

As an addition to the Freelander 2 range, Land Rover will also offer customers a 2WD derivative, available in the UK from January 2011. This will be called the Freelander 2 eD4 and it will be the most efficient Land Rover ever produced, with fuel consumption of 47.2mpg combined, and CO2 emissions of just 158g/km.

Land Rover managing director Phil Popham commented: "The new Freelander 2 eD4 moves Land Rover into the hugely popular and fiercely contested two wheel-drive SUV market,"

"The European market for two-wheel drive SUVs represents 23 percent of the segment and we intend to compete strongly here.", he added.

"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.", noted Mr. Popham.

The upgrades of the new 2011 Freenlader 2 include a new front bumper assembly incorporating new front fog lap bezels, a new front grille finish, improved headlights and tail lamps, new full width tailgate appliqué and new 18" or 19" alloys. There are three new colour schemes for 2011 Kosrae Green, Baltic Blue and Fuji White.

The interior features revised the instrument dials,four new seat styles with the option of a Premium Pack that includes Windsor Leather upholstery, an 8/6 way electric seat, plus premium carpet mats and covered centre stowage.

The 4WD TD4 and SD4 models will go on sale in the UK from the end of September 2011.

Price list:

150PS Manual

TD4 S manual* 4WD £21,695
TD4 GS manual* 4WD £24,995
TD4 XS manual* 4WD £28,495
TD4 HSE manual* 4WD £32,995

190PS Automatic

SD4 GS automatic 4WD £27,510
SD4 XS automatic 4WD £31,010
SD4 HSE automatic 4WD £35,510

*Automatic transmission available as £1,515 option

The 2WD eD4 model will be available in the UK from January 2011. Prices will be announced later this year.