Landrovers luxury Freelander 2 compact Sports Utility is getting the tradesman makeover. Since its launch back in 2006, dealers have been flooded with requests to provide a version of the baby Landrover that caters for the commercial market. Many customers want the utilitarian virtues of a commercial vehicle but don’t necessarily want to forgo the luxuries that their normal car/SUV provides. Landrover believe they have found the solution.
The Freelander 2 Commercial will be available in ‘S’ and ‘XS’ trim. Essentially the models will be exactly the same as a standard Freelander in front of the B pillar with the modifications being applied to the rear compartment only. The Freelander commercial will come equipped with a floor support frame, floor panel with lashing points, fixed rear side glass, rubber loadspace mat, tail door and side window guards and rear cargo lighting. All this will be separated from the driver’s cabin via a full-height solid bulkhead with an inserted mesh panel. The ‘XS’ model spoils the tradesman even further by offering 17” alloys, climate control, quality ICE system and even part leather trim. The Landrover is fitted with either a 3.2L straight 6 cylinder engine borrowed from its now estranged relative, Volvo, or a 2.2L turbo diesel 4 cylinder engine.
The Landrover will make its first public appearance at the Commercial Vehicle show to be held at the NEC in England on the 15th, 16th and 17th of April.