The all-new Land Rover Freelander 2 redefines the compact premium 4x4 class. New from the ground up, Freelander 2 delivers outstanding on-road performance as well as the class-leading off-road ability of a true Land Rover. A dynamic design, purposeful stance, smart and spacious interior, and an abundance of advanced technologies complete the package.
Freelander 2 is Land Rover’s fourth all-new vehicle in just over four years, and follows the new Range Rover (2002), Discovery 3 (2004) and Range Rover Sport (2005). Their highly successful introductions contributed to record Land Rover sales worldwide in 2005. Technical highlights of the Freelander 2 include two brand-new engines: a 3.2-litre straight-six petrol and a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel. Both feature advanced technologies to deliver outstanding combinations of performance and economy.
Land Rover Freelander
The 233 PS (171 kW) i6 petrol engine provides a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h) and 0-60 mph acceleration in 8.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 8.9 seconds). Combined fuel economy is 25.2 mpg (11.2 litres/100 km). The engine is matched to a new six-speed automatic transmission, with Land Rover’s CommandShift™ offering manual sequential gear changes when required. There is also a driver-selectable sport mode, for livelier performance.
The diesel engine chosen for Freelander 2 is an all-new 2.2-litre four-cylinder. The 160 PS (118 kW) unit delivers peak torque of 400 Nm (295 lb ft), with over 200 Nm (148 lb ft) of torque from 1000 rpm all the way to 4500 rpm. The engine is easy and responsive to drive, as well as highly refined and economical, with a combined average fuel consumption of 37.7 mpg (7.5 l/100 km). An optional catalysed Diesel Particulate Filter (cDPF) is also available for even cleaner performance. Two transmissions are offered: a new six-speed manual gearbox and the same six-speed automatic used on the petrol engine (diesel auto available from Spring 2007).
The new version of the successful premium SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) with modified exterior design symbolises the increase in agility and dynamics with the latest, even more powerful and, at the same time, more efficient drive systems; new headlight and rear light optics as well as generously-sized bumper units painted in the vehicle colour underline the striking, dynamic appearance and the premium character; high quality ambience in the interior; wide-ranging redesign of the instrument panel, steering wheel, centre console, seats, door upholstery, storage compartments and roof lining; wide variety of colours, upholstery materials and decorative elements facilitate a high degree of customisation.
The sportiest diesel worldwide is available as the top-of-the-range engine for the new BMW X3. The newly developed 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder unit of the BMW X3 3.0sd with its Variable Twin Turbo (VTT) technology realises 210 kW/286 HP and reaches a maximum torque of 580 Newton metres. The new generation of in-line six-cylinder petrol engines with 3.0-litre and 2.5-litre capacity is also deployed in the new BMW X3. The VALVETRONIC and Bi-VANOS drive units fitted with a magnesium-aluminium composite crankcase achieve 200 kW/272 HP or 160 kW/218 HP, respectively. The Integrated Chassis Management (ICM) with optimised computer structure ensures an even more effective and rapid interaction of the intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive from BMW with the driving dynamic control DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and the engine control system in all variants of the engine.
Three petrol engines and three diesel engines are available for the new BMW X3. Greater performance, higher torque, reduced weight and improved efficiency distinguish the new six-cylinder unit. Its power output characteristic contributes decisively to the agile driving impression of the SAV model. Above all with its six-cylinder engines, the new BMW X3 is again setting the standard in its segment for power output development, efficiency and running performance. It also represents a genuine novelty in the driving segment. For the first time in a BMW model, a diesel engine is at the top of a range of engines classified according to performance. The completely new 3.0 litre in-line six-cylinder diesel with Variable Twin Turbo (VTT) technology is celebrating its première in the BMW X3 3.0sd. High tech of the very best kind is also offered by the second six-cylinder diesel engine in the BMW X3 3.0d. In addition, the new generation of the in-line six-cylinder petrol engines with magnesium-aluminium composite crankcase and VALVETRONIC is now also making its arrival in the BMW X3.
The unrivalled breadth of the usable speed range leads to a sustained strong power output development that is also reflected in the road performances of the new BMW X3 3.0sd. 6.6 seconds are enough for the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h with a top speed of 240 km/h. Yet the impressive dynamics are combined with maximum economy. The average fuel consumption determined in the extra urban (EU) test cycle is 8.7 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres. Effective exhaust cleaning is provided by a particle filter of the latest generation, which is integrated with the oxidation catalytic converter in a shared housing near the engine. Like all other vehicle models, the BMW X3 3.0sd also complies with the emission guidelines of the EU-4 norm.
Due to the expansion of the compact SUV class Volkswagen have decided to build their own version based on the new PL/PQ48 platform. The new SUV will be called “Tiguan” and is intended to suit both an urban environment as well as a rough terrain far from normal roads. The first clues about the new Volkswagen SUV were provided by the off-road design study Concept A at the beginning of 2006. Our artists have produced a couple of renderings to give a better impression on how the production car will look like.
2008 Volkswagen Tiguan
The new VW Tiguan will transfer the globally successful Touareg recipe to the class of the compact SUV, a segment that has grown considerably lately. The new exotic sounding name came to serve the adventure, enjoyment and freedom the new car will have to offer. Thanks to the SUV concept which is based on driving dynamics and high comfort levels, the Tiguan will suit both an urban environments as well as rough terrain far from normal roads and thus provides the driver with absolute freedom. A first impression of the new Volkswagen SUV was provided by the off-road design study Concept A at the beginning of 2006.
The Volkswagen Tiguan is expected to be available with four gasoline and diesel engines at start. The 97 cui FSI, 122 cui FSI, 115 cui TDI and 122 cui TDI will be borrowed from the Golf/Rabbit V. The top model will equip either the 2.8 V6 or the Golf/Rabbit GTI’s 2.0 FSI Turbo with 200 bhp. DSG sequential dual clutch gearbox will also be available as an option. The four-wheel drive system will be the already known 4Motion equipping all 4WD Volkswagens. A higher suspension of 2.5 inch will allow the Tiguan to tackle off-road conditions better than the conventional Golf/Rabbit 4Motion.