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Land Rover Freelander, SUV
#1 of 1535 A "small, premium-brand sport-ute"
by steve_ HOST
Apr 11, 2001 (10:21 am)
First Drive: 2002 Land Rover Freelander
I wonder how close to $25k US it'll really cost?
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#2 of 1535 It should......
Apr 11, 2001 (2:12 pm)
because it looks like a Honda CR-V.....performance wise, I haven't heard its anything to write home about. But, its still a $25-$30k Land Rover- so, it should sell just fine.
#3 of 1535 Freelander vs CRV
Apr 11, 2001 (3:12 pm)
The only thing it has in common with the CRV is looks. V-6 engine, 5spd steptronic trans, Unibody developed for off-road abilities (not based on an existing car), Hill Descent control. All these things and more will put it head and shoulders above the CRV.
#4 of 1535 Obviously.....
Apr 11, 2001 (7:03 pm)
Its going to be a better vehicle than the CRV...just being facetious.
Apr 12, 2001 (6:47 am)
Sorry if I offended, just trying to provide some info on the differences
#6 of 1535 No offense at all...........
Apr 12, 2001 (8:37 am)
your providing real info.....nothing wrong with that .
Apr 16, 2001 (11:51 am)
To say the least, I think this will be an interesting option in the SUV market. but, three things worry me greatly.
1) The ability of LR to produce the Freelander in mass, US size quantities. The reports are that LR will double their sales with the Freelander, but will they be able to produce enough vechicles so that the waits aren't that long?
2) Speaking of waits, does LR have a history of charging a premium over sticker on their vehicles? This one is destined to be popualr from the get-go, so it concens me that the top-of-th-libe HSE will not be $30K, but rather $35K with a premium...Heck, does LR have a history of dickering over price on their vehicles, or is it sticker and that's that?
3) The Disco II is getting cut to shreds for its many problems. As the Freelander is an older design, I hope this version will be almost "all-new" with many kinks worked out.
What does everyone think?
Apr 16, 2001 (11:59 am)
Land Rover is not a mass marketer, so production will be tailored to the sales numbers estimated. Land Rover retailers, like almost all automotive retailers, are independant businesses and will set their own pricing policies. Freelander has changed from the original vehicle with about 75% all new and updated parts.
Apr 16, 2001 (5:44 pm)
Well, agreed on the dealers being independant, but...I'd imagine there has to be some pricing history there. Sales estimates say that LR will move over 50K of these in the first year.
LR has established www.freelander.com to hype the little bugger.
Also the Swinton plant has been expanded to handle the new 2002/2003 RR, which is based off of the X5 platform. Thus it'll have IFS and IRS...Talk about a bad move.
Apr 17, 2001 (1:19 am)
The Mitsubishi Montero has 4 wheel independent suspension, and so far all of the auto magazines I have read have been very pleased with its off-road performance. In addition to this, it won the '01 Paris to Dakar Rally, which is 21 days of off-roading, and over 6200 miles across the African continent. Last year, the 4 wheel independent suspension prototype class Renault buggy won the race (and the year before, and the year before that too!), as did the Mercedes-Benz M-class SUV (4 wheel independent suspension as well) in the T1 production vehicle class. It may not be too bad of a move after all, considering what most people do with their Range Rovers!
Anyway, back to the Freelander...I took these pictures of UK spec Freelander (dressed up with a weird package) at a recent autoshow:
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