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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Medium SUV
Production years: 1998, 1999, 2000

At the end of the '80s, Land Rover desperately needed a new product, and it developed it after British Aerospace bought the Rover Group in 1988.

The development program took almost a decade, but the Freelander exceeded the expectation. It became the most successful vehicle in Land Rover's history and market leader for five years in a row. But it wasn't developed with BMW, as some would think. The project was almost done when the German carmaker acquired the Rover Group in 1994.

Gerry McGovern signed the design, and it was a mix between an off-road vehicle and a compact station wagon. At the front, he installed the headlights up above the bumpers to protect them from bushes and other mild obstacles, shopping-carts included. The functional design worked well for the bumpers, where large areas of black, scratch-proof plastic were left unpainted. Its two-step roofline resembled the Land Rover Discovery shape. Both Frelander versions featured a power sliding window on the tailgate and high-mounted turn-signals.

Inside, McGovern designed an interior. He wasn't satisfied to stuff all the necessary parts and call it a day. He placed a significant number of storage places in and on the dashboard, in the door panels, in the center console, and a locking one in the trunk's floor. He convinced the engineers to find a solution, so the transmission tunnel was almost deleted, which helped achieve a great interior room, especially for the five-door version.

In the first production years, the Freelander featured Rover engines only: 1.8-liter gasoline and a 2.0-liter turbodiesel. Only the facelifted version was improved by BMW and enhanced with the German 2.0-liter turbodiesel unit.

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LAND ROVER Freelander 1998, 1999, 2000
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.8i 5MT (120 HP)
  • 2.5i V6 4AT (177 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 2.0d 5MT (97 HP)
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LAND ROVER Freelander 1.8i 5MT (120 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8i 5MT (120 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1796 cm3
Power
88 KW @ 5550 RPM
120 HP @ 5550 RPM
118 BHP @ 5550 RPM
Torque
122 lb-ft @ 2750 RPM
165 Nm @ 2750 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
102.5 mph (165 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/80 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
172.4 in (4379 mm)
Width
70.9 in (1801 mm)
Height
69.3 in (1760 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.2/60.6 in (1,529/1,539 mm)
Wheelbase
100.8 in (2560 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.3 in (211 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.5 cuFT (354 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2987.3 lbs (1355 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4321.1 lbs (1960 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18.1 mpg US (13 L/100Km)
Highway
27.4 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)
Combined
23.1 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
244 g/km

LAND ROVER Freelander 2.5i V6 4AT (177 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5i V6 4AT (177 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2497 cm3
Power
130.2 KW @ 6500 RPM
177 HP @ 6500 RPM
175 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
240 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
113 mph (182 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/65 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
172.4 in (4379 mm)
Width
70.9 in (1801 mm)
Height
69.3 in (1760 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.2/60.6 in (1,529/1,539 mm)
Wheelbase
100.8 in (2560 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.3 in (211 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.5 cuFT (354 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3417 lbs (1550 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4542 lbs (2060 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.7 mpg US (17.2 L/100Km)
Highway
24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
Combined
30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
204 g/km

LAND ROVER Freelander 2.0d 5MT (97 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0d 5MT (97 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
72 KW @ 4200 RPM
98 HP @ 4200 RPM
97 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
155 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
210 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injction
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
96.3 mph (155 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/80 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
172.4 in (4379 mm)
Width
70.9 in (1801 mm)
Height
69.3 in (1760 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.2/60.6 in (1,529/1,539 mm)
Wheelbase
100.8 in (2560 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.3 in (211 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.5 cuFT (354 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3207.7 lbs (1455 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4519.5 lbs (2050 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.5 mpg US (9.6 L/100Km)
Highway
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)
Combined
30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
204 g/km
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