Land Rover Freelander 2 Metropolis SD4 is a Worthy Final Generation SUV
|   Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover had unveiled their Limited Edition Freelander 2 Metropolis last month and this vehicle is grabbing eyeballs for various reasons, primary among which is the fact that this is its last variant. Land Rover will be replacing the Freelander 2, with their new Discovery Sport range, which will end the legacy of this two generation old, lineup, conceived nearly two decades back. If you thought that Land Rover was desperate to get their final edition variant sold out, you might reconsider.


The Freelander 2 Metropolis is a Limited Edition variant, unveiled exclusively in the United Kingdom. It is powered by the most potent engine block, in Land Rover's kitty – the turbocharged 2.2 liter diesel SD4 engine – that is capable of displacing 187 BHP. This engine option is mated to an automated six speed transmission system, based on a four wheel drive train.

The Land Rover Freelander 2 Metropolis borrows some of the best features from their flagship, HSE Lux models, which includes black interior trim, metallic paint, reversing camera, luxury carpets, touch screen satellite navigation, Meridian sound system, 19 inch alloyed rims, panoramic roof and leather seats. The Freelander 2 Metropolis feels a little aged now, especially since Jaguar Land Rover have come up with a range of high end products, to keep up with time.

Despite being a little wobbly around corners, this vehicle is surprisingly stable on straights. Low speed rides are not stable, while presence of under steer undermines the total experience at times. This vehicle is not meant for off road use and must be strictly kept on asphalt, for maximum performance. Even though Land Rover has been at it for quite a long time, recent introductions such as Nissan's Qashqai and Renaultsport Mégane, have shown the veteran, how things are done, in this class.

A compact SUV needs to incorporate the driving proficiency of a hatchback, with the safety, comfort and performance levels of a full sized SUV. This is a difficult balance to maintain, although, Land Rover is expected to get all equations right, in their upcoming Discovery Sport range. The Freelander 2 Metropolis is powered by a responsively drive train, even though we have seen better in class. Fuel economy is expected in the mid 30s, which is a plus point for this vehicle.

The Land Rover Freelander 2 Metropolis is one of the classiest designs from Jaguar Land Rover, to be in production. This vehicle has a strong vintage feel, even though it's laden with modern features. If you consider current market statistics, there are numerous better options than the Freelander 2 Metropolis. However, none of these vehicles will give you the pleasure of owning a classic British vehicle, the last of an era!

Priced around £35,995, this vehicle is capable of accelerating from 0 – 60 MPH within 8.7 seconds, while sporting top speeds near 118 MPH. CO2 emission near 185 g/km are expected, along with company specified 40 MPG. Official drive test figures might vary though.
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