Six Great Things Your Probably Didn't Know About Your Land Rover Freelander
- The Land Rover Freelander was conceptualized back the 1980s and took over two decades to fully realize into the compact SUV that it was when it came out in 1997. The reason? Land Rover has been known for its big trucks and big SUVs and wasn't yet confident that it could pull off a compact. When it was finally launched in 1997, it became Europe's best-selling four-wheel drive model up until 2002!
- Can you imagine an American SUV designed by a Japanese giant? Well, keep imagining. It almost happened, though. When the Land Rover Freelander was in development, Land Rover partnered up with Honda to create what would be the first cross-company SUV that presumably combined the best of both worlds. It was not to be, however, as Honda left the partnership to eventually come out with the CR-V.
- The American-Japanese mega alliance might have been a pipe dream, but the Land Rover Freelander was still a product of collaboration with another automobile manufacturing powerhouse. "Collaboration" is used somewhat loosely, however, because BMW acquired Land Rover in 1994 and injected its famous German quality and design sensibilities into the already amazing mix.
- Quite the actor, the Land Rover Freelander has appeared in several dozen films and TV shows. None of the titles would be recognizable to you, however, as most of them were foreign films and shows in France, Germany, and even Sweden. This is a rare case of an American vehicle being predominantly cast in a foreign-language production.
- The Land Rover Freelander first debuted in 1998 at the Camel Trophy-an off-roading extravaganza that featured a lot of Land Rovers. The Freelander represented a compromise of sorts as it wasn't built as bulky and powerful as its contemporaries. It proved to be a perfect test bed, however, and shortly after, the Freelander was released with a unique and innovative Hill Descent Control system.
- Most vehicles are discontinued because of poor sales or terrible performance, but the Land Rover Freelander ended its run in 2006 for an entirely unique reason-the company ran out of the MG Rover K18 and KV6 engines that it used for its Freelanders!