Freelander 2 TD4_e introduces Land Rover's new intelligent Stop/Start system which boosts fuel economy and reduces CO2 emissions up to 8%.
Land Rover isn’t the first marque that comes to mind when thinking of fuel efficiency, but it’s poised to leapfrog all of its rivals in the green off-roading department with the introduction of the Freelander 2 TD4_e. Equipped with a fuel-saving intelligent start/stop system that’s scheduled to go into production shortly, the Freelander 2 TD4_e was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. The Freelander 2 TD4_e is the first production application of Land Rover’s investment in a suite of green technologies that the brand refers to as e_TERRAIN.
Beginning in mid-2009, the stop/start feature will be standard equipment on all Freelander 2 TD4 models with manual transmissions. Taking a cue from hybrid vehicles, the Freelander 2 TD4_e shuts the engine down when the vehicle is stopped, offering a drastic reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Land Rover reports an eight percent reduction in emissions, to about 179 g/Km. Fuel economy jumps from 37.7 mpg to 41.3 mpg.
To handle the increased demand on the starter, the Freelander 2 TD4_e features an upgraded starter motor and a more durable absorption glass-mat battery. A battery monitoring system allows the driver to keep track of the electrical system’s condition, and the climate control has an auxiliary water pump to keep the cabin temperature consistent when the engine is stopped. Naturally, the Freelander 2’s off-road capability is unaffected by the start/stop system, which can be disengaged if the driver so chooses.
The Freelander 2 TD4_e won’t be the last “green” vehicle from Land Rover, either. The e_TERRAIN program is intended to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in Land Rover products without sacrificing off-road ability. The brand is exploring alternative propulsion systems as well as reduced vehicle weight in its effort to reduce CO2 emissions to class-leading levels.