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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Medium SUV
Production years: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

When BMW bought the Land Rover from British Aerospace, it found the Freelander as an almost finished product and worked only on the facelifted model, which appeared in 2000.

The first generation of the Freelander was longer than the Range Rover Series 1 and featured a longer wheelbase than the former company's flagship. It was a beloved car and, for five years, it dominated the compact-SUV segment, but it didn't do that alone. BMW helped it fixing the problems and, in 2000, it launched a refreshed version that included a German turbo-diesel.

Its exterior still looked fresh, but the management didn't want to go with the same image as the 1998 model, so it demanded some changes. At the front, the 2000 model sported new headlights with clear turn signals, but the massive black bumper with an integrated shield at the bottom remained. Depending on the trim level, the shield was either silver or body-colored.

The car designer, Gerry McGovern, struggled to find more interior room for the passengers. He forced the engineers to find a solution for the transmission tunnel to get a flat floor for the rear passengers. They couldn't delete it entirely, but they were pretty close. As a result, the Freelander was an actual five-seat vehicle fit for five adults.

Under the hood, BMW insisted on installing the German 2.0-liter turbo-diesel used on the BMW 3-Series. It was a far better option than the Rover's inline-four oil burner. It got higher power and improved fuel efficiency.

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LAND ROVER Freelander 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.8i 5MT (117 HP)
  • 2.5i V6 5AT (177 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 2.0 Td4 5MT (112 HP)
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LAND ROVER Freelander 1.8i 5MT (117 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8i 5MT (117 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1796 cm3
Power
86 KW @ 5500 RPM
117 HP @ 5500 RPM
115 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
118 lb-ft @ 2750 RPM
160 Nm @ 2750 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
105.6 mph (170 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/80R15
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)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.39
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3146 lbs (1427 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4497.4 lbs (2040 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.3 mpg US (13.6 L/100Km)
Highway
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
Combined
22.6 mpg US (10.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
248 g/km

LAND ROVER Freelander 2.5i V6 5AT (177 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5i V6 5AT (177 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2497 cm3
Power
130 KW @ 6250 RPM
177 HP @ 6250 RPM
174 BHP @ 6250 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
240 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
113.1 mph (182 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/80R15
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)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.39
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3454.6 lbs (1567 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4541.5 lbs (2060 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.8 mpg US (17 L/100Km)
Highway
24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
Combined
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
298 g/km

LAND ROVER Freelander 2.0 Td4 5MT (112 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 Td4 5MT (112 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1951 cm3
Power
82 KW @ 4000 RPM
112 HP @ 4000 RPM
110 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
192 lb-ft @ 1750 RPM
260 Nm @ 1750 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
101.9 mph (164 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/80R15
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)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.39
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3428.2 lbs (1555 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4585.6 lbs (2080 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)
Highway
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)
Combined
30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
205 g/km
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