February 15, 2001
Toronto gets first look at all-new Land Rover Freelander
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Toronto, Ontario – Attendees of the 2001 Canadian International Auto Show will get an early look at the all-new Freelander, a compact, premium Land Rover sport-utility vehicle that makes its Canadian debut later this year.
Land Rover’s Freelander, the first all-new Land Rover in seven years, will go on sale in North America during the fourth quarter of this year.
The smallest Land Rover yet, the Freelander will be
sold in North America as a five-door model equipped with a V6 engine;
permanent all-wheel drive; a five-speed Steptronic automatic transmission;
and a four-channel, all-terrain Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) as standard
equipment. Freelander will also feature standard four-wheel Electronic
Traction Control (4ETC) and standard Hill Descent Control (HDC). Seventy
percent (70%) new when compared to the original Land Rover Freelander that
debuted in Europe in 1997, the Canadian-specification Freelander will
feature extensive chassis improvements and an all-new 2.4-liter, 24-valve
V6 engine that delivers 175 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. Both
cloth and leather interior trim packages will be offered and MSRPs for
Freelander are expected to start below $40,000.
In addition, Land Rover’s flagship Range Rover model, is available in two trim levels for the 2001 model year: 4.6 SE and 4.6 HSE. All Range Rover models are equipped with 4.6-litre V8 engines; permanent four-wheel drive; four-channel, all-terrain Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS); four-wheel Electronic Traction Control (4ETC); and fully-adjustable Electronic Air Suspension (EAS) systems. Also standard on all Range Rover 4.6 SE models are a dual-zone automatic climate control system; a tilt-and-slide glass sunroof; leather
seating surfaces; 16-inch alloy wheels; a six-disc CD auto-changer; and a
300-watt harman/kardon audio system with 12 speakers. Range Rover 4.6 HSE
models add distinctive 18-inch alloy wheels with low-profile tires; an on-
and off-road-capable Global Positioning System (GPS); and an incredible
460-watt audio system. Pricing for Range Rover models starts at $89,000
Land Rover’s Discovery Series II model is available in SD, LE and SE trim
levels for the 2001 model year. Like the Range Rover, Discovery Series II
is equipped with permanent four-wheel drive; a four-channel, all-terrain
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); four-wheel Electronic Traction Control
(4ETC); Hill Descent Control (HDC); and a dual-zone automatic climate
control system. Top-of-the-line Discovery Series II SE models are
available with Active Cornering Enhancement (ACE); as well as a
Self-Leveling Suspension (SLS) system; and seven-passenger seating. All
models include heated windshield and heated seats. SE models feature dual
tilt-and-slide power glass sunroofs and 6-disc CD auto-changers as standard
equipment. Discovery Series II models, like all Land Rovers, are built to
provide superb driving performance both on- and off-road. Pricing for
Discovery Series II models starts at $47,000 MSRP.
Accessories for Land Rovers are called the Land Rover Vehicle Kit. These include brush bars; running boards; driving lights; roof racks; and alloy wheels
that have been engineered specifically for Land Rover vehicles. Land Rover Vehicle Kit accessories and pricing are available through all of
the 16 Land Rover retailers located in Canada.
Further information about Land Rover products and retailers is available in the U.S. section of Land Rover’s official web site: www.landrover.com.