Car reviews - Land Rover - Freelander - ES V6 3-dr wagon
Land Rover models
31 Aug 2001
WITH no low-range gearing, Freelander relies on electronic systems to help provide it with a limited amount of off-road ability. Hill Descent Control is designed to reduce speed down to a "walk" when tackling steep descents. A supplement to engine braking, HDC uses the anti-lock braking system and applies brake pressure to all four wheels to restrict speed on steep descents. Freelander also uses electronic traction control (ETC) that applies braking force to a spinning wheel and hence increases torque to the gripping wheel. ETC senses a loss of traction via the anti-lock braking wheel speed sensor and applies brake force the spinning wheel, increasing the torque available to the gripping wheel to help keep the vehicle moving. A multiplex system is also used to control systems for the engine, automatic transmission and anti-lock brakes, among others.
Did you know?Land Rover used a NASA (National Aeronautical and Space Administration) ride evaluation criteria in the original development of the Freelander's suspension system. What we'd like to know, then, is why the ride isn't floatier than it is!
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