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Land Rover Freelander Gets an Overhaul

Land Rover Freelander Gets an Overhaul

The Land Rover Freelander 2 recently received an overhaul, which has led to improved comfort, convenience and driving enjoyment, or so says the team at Land Rover.

The Freelander 2 will be available in new derivatives, colours, exterior design features, upgraded equipment levels and continued choice of diesel engines.

The Freelander 2 will be available in three derivatives, the HSE, SE, Dynamic SE and S Derivatives.

Additions to the interior level spec include a brand new centre console, 7-inch colour touch-screen with enhanced audio systems from Meridian™, passive start, rear view camera compatibility (standard on HSE derivative), satellite navigation and the ‘Say What You See’ voice activation system with visual prompts (standard on HSE).

The new ‘Say What You See’ voice activation system will prompt the driver visually with the commands he or she needs to speak in order to control functions in the audio, satellite navigation, climate and phone systems. This system comes as part of the satellite navigation system.

Other interior features include the intelligent electric parking brake which adjusts brake force according to the slop the vehicle is parked on.

The new Dynamic derivative will also offer a choice of three new interior colours, Ebony, Ivory or Pimento, each with matching stitching and coordinated door casings to complete the look.

The exterior changes mainly include the more contemporary lights at the rear using the latest LED technology and a new LED signature graphic in the front running lights. The grille and fog lamp bezels now sport a bright finish and there are paint detailing changes to the front grille surround, insert bars and fender vent.

The engine line-up of the Freelander 2 also sees some changes. The 3.2l Si6 has been replaced by the 2.0 l Si4 engine which also powers the Range Rover Evoque. The 2.0l Si4 turbocharged engine has a power output of 177kW which it produces at 5500rpm and torque output of 340Nm at 1750 rpm.

In the Freelander 2 this engine is capable of accelerating to 100km/h in 8.8 seconds and on to 200km/h while at the same time achieving a claimed 9.6l/100km on the EU combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 224g/km

The other engine options include the 2.2 litre 110kW TD4 with 420Nm of torque, and the 2.2 litre 140kW SD4 with 420Nm.

To aid with fuel efficiency every Freelander 2 comes with Land Rover’s Intelligent Power System Management (IPSM) which includes Smart Regenerative Charging. This system works by charging the vehicle battery during deceleration, recovering kinetic energy rather than consuming fuel.

Pricing for the Freelander 2 is as follows:

Land Rover Freelander 2 S – from R432 400

Land Rover Freelander 2 SE – from R495 200

Land Rover Freelander 2 Dynamic SE – from R498 400

Land Rover Freelander 2 HSE – from R544 200

Below are some videos of the Freelander 2.

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Jaguar Land Rover and Chery Formalise Joint Venture in China

Jaguar Land Rover and Chery Formalise Joint Venture in China

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Chery, the British and Chinese car makers, will be setting up a joint venture plant in China. This past Sunday the companies formally laid the foundation stone for their new manufacturing facility in China. The investment is said to be worth 10.9 billion RMB.

The new plant, built in Changshu, near Shanghai, will manufacture JLR vehicles as well as new models for a partnership brand in China, as well as host an R&D facility and an engine production facility. The two companies plan to complete construction of the new plant during 2014.

The joint venture will blend together the heritage and experience of luxury premium vehicle manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover with the intricate knowledge and understanding of Chinese customers evident at Chery.

In a joint statement, at Sunday’s press conference in Jiangsu, Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, and Mr Yin Tongyao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chery Automobile Company Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone, achieved thanks to the understanding and foresight of the Chinese authorities and we want to thank them for recognising the potential of our joint venture in the fast-growing Chinese market. Together, we will now begin working in close collaboration on our partnership plans to harness the capabilities of our respective companies, to produce relevant, advanced models for Chinese consumers.”

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DC100 to be Introduced as Entry Level Land Rover

DC100 to be Introduced as Entry Level Land Rover

The Land Rover DC100 was originally unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. A number of variants to the DC100 have since been shown at different motor shows.

The DC100 showcases the direction and thinking behind the ongoing development of the new Land Rover Defender, intended for production in 2015.

However reaction to the DC100 concept has been so overwhelming that there is a possibility that Land Rover may consider using the DC100’s looks for a new entry model that could possibly slot in just below the Freelander.

The DC100 design was delivered by the Land Rover design team, led by Gerry McGovern, Director Of Design. According to McGovern “Replacing the iconic Defender is one of the biggest challenges in the automotive design world; it is a car that inspires people worldwide.  This isn’t a production-ready concept but the beginning of a four-year journey to design a relevant Defender for the 21st century.”

Well judging by reactions thus far they have landed on a brilliant concept.

The DC100 will include a variety of technologies including a Terrain-I scanning device, Wade Aid sonar, Terrain Response System, Intelligent Stop-Start Technology and Driveline Disconnect System.

The Terrain-i system creates an intelligent map of the topography in front of the car and displays it as a 3D visualisation. Terrain-i automatically identifies potential hazards and suggests alternative routes. In urban environments the same system is able to identify pedestrians and hazards with great accuracy.

A new Wade Aid system utilises sonar sensors mounted in the bumpers and wing mirrors to measure water depth. As with Terrain Response, Wade Aid will optimise the car for water crossings by closing body vents, raising the ride height, selecting a low gear and advising on the safest speed.

The Twin-Solenoid Stop/Start system mated to the latest eight-speed automatic gearbox, both have been designed with future hybridisation in mind. The unique Driveline Disconnect system sends power to the front-axle only unless conditions demand all-wheel drive. Unlike conventional systems, this physically, rather than electronically, decouples the rear-axle to reduce friction losses but can reengage drive almost instantaneously.

Source: autocar

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