Tax-beating Land Rover

  • New Freelander with two-wheel drive and sub-160g/km of CO2 
  • Facelift inside and out, plus revised engines
  • On sale in September, priced from £21,695

Land Rover will launch a revised Freelander range next month and it will include a front-wheel drive model with CO2 emissions of under 160g/km.

The two-wheel drive model, which does not go on sale in the UK until January, will be badged eD4 and will be the most fuel-efficient Land Rover ever.

The company claims CO2 emissions of 158g/km and an average fuel economy of 47.2mpg from the model, which is powered by a 150bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine allied to a manual gearbox and stop-start system.

As a result, the eD4 will fall into the 23% company car tax band, which is two bandings lower than the current lowest-emitting Freelander.

Revisions have also been made to the existing diesel engines in the range, which both see economy improve and emissions fall.

From September, the 2.2-litre engine will be offered in either 150 TD4 or 190bhp SD4 versions with CO2 emissions of 165 and 185g/km respectively.

Elsewhere, the exterior has been given a mild going-over with new front bumper, grille, headlights and tail lamps plus new alloy wheel designs.

Inside are revised instruments, new seats and a covered central storage area.

The revised Freelander range goes on sale in September, with prices starting at £21,695.