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Eco-friendly Freelander to go on sale from next month

L and Rover has revealed a greener version of the Freelander.

The revised SUV will offer lower emissions when it goes on sale next month and the eco push will extend to the first ever two-wheel-drive version.

A revised version of the 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine lies at the heart of the revised line-up. It's now available in two states of tune — 148bhp and 187bhp — and both specs have 2kgm more torque than the outgoing 158bhp motor.

The 148bhp TD4 comes with a manual gearbox as standard; the more powerful model, badged SD4, is available only with an automatic box.

Land Rover claims the entry-level unit matches the outgoing engine's performance, while offering lower CO2 emissions (165g/km instead of 179g/km). The SD4 emits 185g/km but accelerates from 0-100kph in 8.7sec — almost two seconds quicker than the old car — and reaches a top speed of 190kph, an increase of 10kph.

The biggest news is the arrival of a front-drive Freelander next January.

Badged eD4, it is available only with a six-speed manual box and the 148bhp diesel engine.

The reduction in weight from losing 4WD, and the addition of automatic stop-start, help the eD4 to deliver 47.2mpg and 158g/km of CO2.

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