The second generation of the Freelander, which was a completely new vehicle to the Freelander 1, was launched in 2006, was known as the LR2 for American markets, and Freelander 2 for the rest of the world. Engine choices were the excellent 2.2 DW12 Duratorq Turbo Diesel or 3.2 Petrol. Designed when Ford owned Land Rover, the Freelander 2 wears many Ford components, a Haldex coupling for four wheel drive versions, and a version of the superb Land Rover Terrain Response off-road selection system, offering car-like on-road driving and industry-leading off-road capabilities.
Identifying new market opportunities led Land Rover to offer a two wheel drive Freelander 2, and moving with the times saw them installing a 'stop-start' economy system for fuel saving and reduction in emissions. 2011 brought a facelifted update, with revised front and rear styling, and an optional more powerful and economical SD4 engined version.
Freelander 2 has proven to be one of the most reliable and long-lasting models of that Land Rover era. Haldex and differential failures are not uncommon, and expensive to rectify, and electrical issues can cause headaches, but generally this model is robust and well built. Service intervals are every 15,000 miles (or yearly) and timing belts (2.2 Diesel engines) must be changed at 10 years or 150,000 miles (9 years for post 2012 models).
The Freelander 2 was withdrawn in 2014, but the platform lived on in the Evoque and Discovery Sport, which share many its components. Famous Four's verdict is, buy one! They really are a great mode of transport, and very good value for money.