Car reviews - Land Rover - Freelander - ES V6 3-dr wagon
Land Rover models
31 Aug 2001
THE sole transmission available on petrol Freelanders is a five-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic sequential manual shift operation. The transmission features a torque converter and gear ratios designed to suit the Freelander's requirements both on and off the road. It also has adaptive programming that enables it to alter shift patterns according to the driver's accelerator use and the prevailing terrain. Td4 turbo-diesel (five-door only) models also have this Jatco auto available, however, the standard transmission is a five-speed Getrag manual featuring synchromesh on reverse and dual-cone synchromesh on first and second gears. Freelander uses a viscous-coupled permanent four-wheel drive system. Basically, viscous fluid contained in a tube between two centre bearings of the propshaft heats up when the front wheels start to spin and locks it, effectively increasing drive torque to the rear wheels.
Did you know?In manufacturing, Land Rover uses "combined heat and power" (CHP) energy management techniques which have cut new energy consumption by 50 per cent and reduced C02 emissions. Water conservation measures have reduced consumption by 30 per cent, while the paint shop has reduced solvent usage by 75 per cent
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