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29 September 2006
The Nissan X-TRAIL has been What Car’s? ‘best compact 4x4’ for the past two years. To add to that accolade in What Car’s? latest praise of cars, used ones this time, it awarded Nissan’s compact SUV the coveted title of ‘Best 4x4 2006’ over-coming the Kia Sorento.

What Car’s? judges, said: “The X-TRAIL is simply a great family 4x4. There is plenty of space for five people and luggage, and the interior is full of handy little touches; unless you need to carry seven, it makes you question the need for an MPV. The 2.2 litre turbodiesel engine is admirably quiet and has enough muscle for brisk overtaking, yet still averages around 40mpg. It also rides serenely over bumps and offers a fine drive on Tarmac, which is where it matters.” The X-TRAIL comes with a choice of three engines: 140PS 2.0-litre and 165PS 2.5-litre petrol, and a 136PS 2.2-litre common-rail diesel. Last year a 4x2 version was introduced, sharing the same 2.0-petrol and 2.2-lire dCi engines with the award winning 4x4 range.

The best way to locate any used Nissan vehicle is to first visit www.nissanusedcars.co.uk where there is a list of nearly new cars available under the ‘select’ banner. Alternatively there is a dealer search facility to enable you to check what is in stock at your local dealership. All vehicles that are certified within the Nissan Approved assurance scheme, which is designed to take the worry out of buying a used vehicle, come with – verified mileage and history checks, 30 day exchange promise, a minimum of 12 months’ comprehensive warranty and a minimum of 12 months’ RAC motoring assistance (including Roadside Assistance, Recovery and Relay and At Home cover). Additional benefits include a wash for your vehicle each time your supplying dealer sees it for a service, and a courtesy car provided every time your vehicle is serviced (subject to availability).

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Biofuels in a nutshell - SMMT has published a straightforward guide to biofuels

19 September 2006
Biofuels and Road Vehicles answers many of the most common questions including where biofuels come from, what different types are available and how they benefit the environment. Copies are free to download from www.smmt.co.uk

'Few doubt that biofuels will deliver more sustainable motoring,' said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. 'However, some of the basic facts are not widely understood. Biofuels need to be fully integrated in sustainable motoring strategy, and an understanding of the key issues must be the starting point for all stakeholders.'

Biofuels and Road Vehicles includes advice on:
Different types of biofuel – biodiesel, bioethanol and biogas
Basic principles of photosynthesis; why fuels that come from biomass perform better than fossil fuels on CO2 emissions
Blends in biofuels and quality control issues
The future for transport biofuels
Under the Government's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), fuel companies will be compelled to supply five per cent biofuel by volume by 2010. Details of the RTFO - and other developments on sustainability - can found in SMMT's seventh annual sustainability report, published this week and free to download from www.smmt.co.uk

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FREELANDER 2Gaydon, Warwickshire, 19 September 2006
Land Rover today releases prices on the all-new Freelander 2, starting from £20,935 and rising to £33,990, on the road.

Set to go on-sale at the end of this year, the Freelander 2 was first seen at the British International Motor Show 2006 in London. The vehicle is all-new from the tyres upwards and sets new standards for compact SUVs, with class-leading breadth of capability, a fresh and dynamic design, Terrain Response™ and two new engines – a 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel and a 3.2-litre straight-six petrol.

The Freelander 2 range starts with the entry-level TD4 S diesel at £20,935 rising to the i6 HSE petrol at £33,990 on the road. The complete list of prices and specifications are as follows:




(including CO2 off-set for 45,000 miles)


2.2-litre TD4 diesel engine, 16" alloy wheels, Land Rover tyre repair system, locking wheel nuts, six-speed manual transmission, halogen headlamps, heated exterior mirrors, air conditioning, manual six-way adjustable driver’s seat, CD player, six speakers.



As above plus: 17" six-spoke alloy wheels,  Terrain Response™, automatic lights, driver information centre, rear park distance control, automatic windscreen wipers, power-fold mirrors, cruise control, luggage cover, steering wheel audio controls, climate control, headlamp power wash, front fog lamps.





(including CO2 off-set for 45,000 miles)


As above plus: 17" ten-spoke alloy wheels, front footwell lamps, front door puddle lamps, front and rear park distance control, personal telephone integration system, Alpine stereo system, nine speakers, electric front seats.



As above plus: electric sun-roof, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, navigation system,  full colour touch screen with traffic message channel, six-disc in-dash CD changer, heated front seats.



As above plus: 18" 12-spoke alloy wheels, exterior mirror memory function, climate control with automatic recirculation and humidity sensing, front and rear carpet mats, Dolby 'pro-logic 2' 7.1 surround sound, 14 speakers, leather seat facings, leather steering wheel, driver’s seat memory function.


i6 GS

As TD4 GS plus: 3.2-litre i6 petrol engine, twin tail pipes, command shift six-speed automatic transmission.


i6 XS

As above plus: 17" ten-spoke alloy wheels, front footwell lamps, front door puddle lamps, front and rear park distance control, personal telephone integration system, Alpine stereo system, nine speakers, electric front seats,


i6 SE

As above plus:  electric sun-roof, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, navigation system,  full colour touch screen with traffic message channel, six-disc in-dash CD changer, heated front seats.


i6 HSE

As above plus: twin tail pipes with bright finish, 18"

12-spoke alloy wheels, exterior mirror memory function, climate control with automatic recirculation and humidity sensing, front and rear carpet mats, Dolby 'pro-logic 2' 7.1 surround sound, 14 speakers, leather seat facings, leather steering wheel, driver’s seat memory function.


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Gaydon, Warwickshire, 15 September 2006
The 2007 model year Range Rover will start from £53,995 and is available later this month from Land Rover dealerships throughout the UK.

Following its world debut at the Madrid Motor Show in May this year, the latest Range Rover receives a powerful all-new TDV8 diesel engine to replace the outgoing 3.0-litre TD6. The 2007 model will also receive Terrain Response™, electronic rear ‘e’ differentials and a revised interior that includes a fresh new facia, cooled front seats, improved air conditioning and extra stowage.

Starting from £53,995 for the entry-level 3.6-litreTDV8 HSE and rising to £74,795 for the V8 Supercharged Vogue SE, the Range Rover 2007 model year prices and specifications are as follows:






6-speed automatic transmission, Terrain Response, Hill Descent Control (HDC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), electronic air suspension, ABS, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), 9 airbags, central locking, ultrasonic alarm system, powered leather seats, 7” touch screen with 4x4 information, climate control,
6 disc auto changer, personal telephone integration system, 19” alloy wheels.









As above plus: Oxford leather luxury seats with memory function, touch-screen satellite navigation and hybrid TV, Harman/Kardon
‘Logic 7’ surround sound audio system, wood trim, heated leather multi-function steering wheel.




As Vogue plus: 20” alloy wheels, cooled front seats, full Windsor leather seats, rear screen entertainment system, extended wood trim, ski bag, adaptive headlights.








As TDV8 Vogue




As TDV8 Vogue SE




As above plus: unique 20” nine spoke alloy wheels, electronic rear ‘e’ differential and supercharged interior & exterior design features.



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22 August 2006
Powerful, state-of-the-art TDV8 turbo diesel – new, fourth engine option for Range Rover Sport

Power and torque over 40 per cent greater than TDV6 turbocharged diesel engine, but still achieving 25.5 mpg (11.1 litre/100 km) on combined fuel cycle

Class-leading refinement helps emphasise V8 acoustics

Ride, handling and brakes on a par with Range Rover

The introduction of a powerful and brand new TDV8 as a fourth engine option, completes the launch phase of the Range Rover Sport. Since its debut in 2005, Land Rover’s most performance-oriented vehicle yet – dubbed a ‘sports tourer’ by the company – has been consistently in high demand, leading to waiting lists in many markets.

With its combination of exhilarating performance and fuel economy of 25.5 mpg (11.1 litre/100 km) on combined fuel cycle, the new TDV8 is expected to extend the Range Rover Sport’s appeal still further.

“The new TDV8 engine is a tremendous achievement, with performance, outstanding refinement and exceptional efficiency. It extends choice still further for our customers, and we expect it to help maintain the vehicle’s outstanding sales success,” says Land Rover managing director, Phil Popham.

The TDV8 engine has been designed specifically to power the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, ensuring no compromise to its off-road credentials, and it was first seen earlier this year in the Range Rover. For Range Rover Sport, the engine calibration, installation and applications have been developed to deliver a more sporting driving experience to suit the vehicle.

The introduction of the TDV8 engine at 2007 model year is accompanied by detailed specification upgrades and improvements across the Range Rover Sport line-up. The existing three engine options continue to be available – TDV6, V8 petrol and V8 supercharged.

Complementing the Range Rover Sport’s existing TDV6 engine, Land Rover’s state-of-the-art TDV8 engine is lightweight, strong and fuel efficient. Designed from the outset to accommodate Land Rover’s uncompromising off-road demands, the engine has been developed to provide huge reserves of torque across the rev range.

Peak power from the TDV8 engine is an impressive 272 PS (200 kW), 42 per cent higher than the existing V6 diesel. The new vehicle reaches 60 mph in 8.6 seconds (100 km/h in 9.2 seconds), while top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph (209 km/h). The TDV8’s torque curve is impressively flat. Peak torque – an enormous 640 Nm (45 per cent higher than the TDV6) – is available continuously from just 2000 rpm to 2500 rpm. With more than 500 Nm of torque available from less than 1500 rpm to over 3700 rpm, it’s no surprise that in-gear performance is where the TDV8 really excels. In CommandShift™ manual transmission mode, the new derivative takes only 6.8 seconds to accelerate from 50 to 70 mph in fifth gear. Yet, despite such performance, the TDV8 delivers 25.5 mpg (11.1 litres/100 km) over the combined cycle.

Each cylinder bank is fed by a dedicated variable-geometry turbocharger via separate, high-capacity intercoolers to help achieve the engine’s impressive throttle responses. Twin fuel-coolers help reduce temperatures in the engine’s high-pressure fuel circuit, where the camshaft-driven fuel pump supplies the piezoelectric injectors with diesel fuel at pressures of up to 1700 bar. A sophisticated intake port deactivation system helps optimise combustion chamber swirl for even greater efficiency and cleaner combustion.

Land Rover’s patented turbo oil-scavenging system works in conjunction with specially developed sealing and intake systems to help ensure that the engine can withstand the vehicle’s 700 mm wading capability and rigorous off-road operating-angle requirements.

A key objective for the TDV8 engine was refinement. Superb combustion control, exceptionally stiff engine structure and tuned acoustic covers for both the engine and fuel-injection system all help make the TDV8 one of the world’s quietest large diesels.

Even at idle, vibrations are on a par with those of many V8 petrol engines thanks to electronically controlled, switchable-rate hydraulic engine mounts. Very low levels of base-engine noise have allowed Land Rover engineers to tune the exhaust system to emphasise the TDV8’s naturally sporting burble; the result is a uniquely appealing soundtrack for a big diesel.

ACCLAIMED DRIVELINE TECHNOLOGY The TDV8 engine is mated to Range Rover Sport’s sophisticated full-time 4x4 driveline. Electronic control continuously adapts the change characteristics of the ZF six-speed automatic transmission to the prevailing driving style. In addition, the CommandShift mode also provides manual gearchange when required, providing even greater driver involvement.

Land Rover’s Positive Torque system is standard on all TDV8 derivatives, providing faster downshifts by automatically blipping the throttle to match engine and road-speeds. When not locked, the four-wheel-drive system’s electronic centre differential continuously adjusts the front-to-rear torque split to help optimise traction, whatever the surface. The two-speed shift-on-the-fly transfer box incorporates a low-range reduction gear, designed to help achieve Range Rover Sport’s class-leading standards of off-road gradeability and control.

TDV8 derivatives share the acclaimed independent, double wishbone airsprung suspension system of other Range Rover Sport models and are available with either 19” alloy wheels with 255/50 tyres or 20” alloys with 275/40 tyres. As Range Rover Sport’s chassis was designed from the outset to accommodate the TDV8 engine, it’s no surprise that the new derivative’s on-road agility and balance match the remarkable standards set by its V8 supercharged sibling.

And like the V8 supercharged derivative, Range Rover Sport’s highly effective Dynamic Response system is standard equipment on the TDV8. The system’s electronically controlled hydraulic actuators continually adjust Range Rover Sport’s roll stiffness in response to cornering forces, providing outstanding body control without the ride penalties associated with conventional roll bars.

The TDV8 shares its braking system with the Range Rover Sport Supercharged too, with four-piston Brembo front brake callipers and 360 mm front discs helping to achieve consistently excellent stopping power.

In addition to the TDV8’s impressive on-road behaviour, its off-road performance is class-leading. Land Rover’s patented Terrain Response™ system, standard on Range Rover Sport, has been specifically tuned for the TDV8. The way the vehicle’s engine and chassis systems should react for optimum control on surfaces such as snow or grass is very different from the way they should react when – for example – crawling over rocky ground. Selecting the appropriate Terrain Response setting adjusts the responses of features from suspension ride height and axle articulation to gearchange and traction-control maps. This helps optimise the vehicle’s behaviour to suit the prevailing ground, leaving the driver free to concentrate on the route ahead. Terrain Response’s five settings cover ‘general driving’, ‘grass, gravel, snow’, ‘mud and ruts’, ‘sand’ and ‘rock crawl’ conditions, a range that underpins Range Rover Sport’s exceptional breadth of capability.

Dynamic Response also helps Range Rover Sport perform better off-road. While conventional roll bars are great for roll control on smooth tarmac, they work by increasing the force needed to move individual wheels up and down, potentially a real disadvantage off-road. Dynamic Response automatically reduces roll stiffness when driving off-road to improve the suppleness with which individual wheels can move, making progress over rough ground even easier. In conjunction with electronic cross-linking of the vehicle’s air suspension units, this allows Range Rover Sport to achieve excellent cross-axle articulation, helping to keep all wheels on the ground when negotiating challenging off-road obstacles.

FEATURE REFINEMENTS The TDV8’s bright, Titan-finish grille and side vents are performance cues shared with the V8 supercharged derivative. Stunning new 18” and 19” lightweight alloy wheels are available on both the TDV6 and V8 naturally aspirated petrol derivatives, saving around 10 kg per vehicle.

Detail improvements abound within the cabin too. The optional new hybrid TV unit not only offers better analogue TV reception, it’s capable of processing digital TV signals too. This helps future-proof against the planned migration to digital- only TV signals in many countries. An attractive metallic finish is now applied to several controls to improve tactility, while crisp, clearer instrument graphics and an additional instrument pack clock make life easier for the driver. Other enhancements to specific derivatives include stowage pouches on leather driver seats, enhanced navigation functionality, lane-change indicator functionality (providing a three-flash lane-change signal in response to a single touch), an electric tailgate latch (for automatic closing once lowered) and the optional availability of Land Rover’s fully electronic Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (which keeps an accurate watch on temperature-corrected tyre pressure within each road wheel).

In the words of chief programme engineer Stuart Frith: “The TDV8 engine is the company’s fastest diesel to date and marries Range Rover Sport’s unique blend of dynamic handling and off-road ability with an unprecedented combination of powerful performance and diesel efficiency.”

All photographs and engineering data in this press pack are from pre-production prototype work. The specification, design and production of any vehicle shown is subject to alteration without notice. Some images feature optional accessories.

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New bonnet bulge on 90/110/13022 Aug 2006

  • New 2.4-litre common rail diesel engine for improved driveability, refinement and pulling power
  • New six-speed gearbox featuring a wide ratio spread for better off-road and cruising abilities
  • New fully-integrated facia improves quality and ergonomics
  • New, more comfortable seating with full-size forward-facing third-row seat option
  • New high-output heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system
  • Unique Defender architecture retained, with 90, 110 and 130 wheelbase versions supporting a wide range of bespoke derivatives

Greater ability both on-road and off-road plus increased comfort, performance and refinement are among the major improvements introduced for the Land Rover Defender for 2007. A new 2.4-litre diesel engine offers increased torque and improved driveability while the new six-speed gearbox provides a lower first gear ratio, for better off-road control, and a high sixth gear for improved cruising refinement. Inside the vehicle, a new facia improves ergonomics, whilst new seating improves comfort for all occupants, from the four-seat Defender 90 to the five-seat 110 and 130 models. A seven-seat Defender 110 is also available.

The latest in a long line of evolutionary updates to a vehicle whose roots date back to 1948 (since when nearly 1.9 million units have been sold), the 2007 model year changes maintain Defender’s relevance while enhancing its functionality, versatility and durability.

Since the current model’s introduction in 2002, Defender has consistently sold an average of 25,000 units a year worldwide. Retail and utility customers, armed forces and NGOs in over 100 countries value Defender’s class-leading blend of towing and load-carrying versatility, alongside the vehicle’s extraordinary strength, robustness and capability. The unique combination of these attributes helps account for the model’s exceptionally high standards of customer loyalty.

Land Rover managing director Phil Popham said: “We’re building on Defender’s success with a package of improvements that will extend its off-road abilities even further, while transforming on-road refinement and comfort. These changes represent a significant vote of confidence in a product which is the foundation of Land Rover’s reputation for off-road excellence; we believe these enhancements will win the hearts and minds of new and existing customers alike.”

Defender’s new 2.4 litre, four-cylinder engine draws on parent company Ford’s acknowledged diesel engine expertise, and represents a major step forward in terms of refinement and driveability. Torque output is higher than the outgoing engine right across the usable rev range, and the 360 Nm (265 lb ft) peak is delivered at only 2000 rpm; over 315 Nm (232 lb ft) of torque is available from 1500 rpm to 2700 rpm.

Engine peak power output is 122 PS (90 kW), with more than 90 per cent of peak power available from less than 2200 rpm to over 4350 rpm – over 60 per cent of the usable rev range. Naturally, in European markets (with high quality diesel fuels), the new engine is designed to be fully compliant with EU4 emissions legislation. But with Defender’s status as a truly global product, a unique engine tune has also been developed to tolerate variable quality, high-sulphur fuels.

Based on a cast-iron block, the engine features an alloy, 16-valve cylinder head with Denso common rail fuel injection. Not only is combustion noise dramatically reduced, thanks to the excellent control provided by the engine’s solenoid-driven fuel injectors, but a new Garrett variable geometry turbocharger also helps ensure throttle response is improved over the outgoing engine. The engine’s lubrication and sealing systems have been specially developed to cope with Defender’s onerous range of operating angles.

The new GFT MT 82 six-speed gearbox provides a much wider ratio spread than before; the lower first gear offers a reduction in crawl speed and combines with the engine’s increased torque output to make towing on-road and off-road even easier. The increased engine torque also helps in-gear acceleration, and has allowed the new sixth gear to be set 20 per cent higher than the outgoing model’s top gear. This helps to improve real-world cruising refinement and fuel economy. Ground gears in both the gearbox and new transfer box help boost refinement, while reductions in clutch and gear-change loads make day-to-day living with Defender significantly easier.

Individual pedal maps specifically matched to the demands of each gear are designed to ensure throttle progression and control is better than ever before; in addition, improved anti-stall characteristics further extend the vehicle’s renowned ability to tackle the toughest terrain.

Changes to the vehicle exterior have been kept to a minimum, with a revised bonnet profile the only clue to the new Defender’s increased capability.

As Dave Saddington, Defender chief designer points out, “Defender’s timeless exterior has become synonymous with functional design. Every line and surface seems to be linked to the vehicle’s extraordinary capability, so we deliberately changed very little.

“But the interior’s a different story. We wanted to change the heating system and instruments, as well as improve ergonomics, all of which gave us the opportunity to introduce an all-new facia. In doing so, we’ve worked hard to reflect Defender’s unique purpose and versatility inside the vehicle too. The new facia is better integrated, more robust and functionally superior to the old unit, whilst still entirely in keeping with Defender’s character.”

Defender’s new facia is based on a single, large moulding supported on a robust steel rail to help eliminate squeaks and rattles. Instruments from Land Rover’s Discovery 3 provide clear, concise information to the driver, and details like all-LED instrument illumination help ensure high standards of reliability. Improvements to ergonomics abound – for example, a new passenger-side grab handle provides robust, two-handed support during extreme off-road driving. The process of modernising Defender’s facia hasn’t sacrificed its usability either, with versatile stowage shelves conveniently located for both the driver and passenger. Two console options are available: a practical open-tray design that keeps contents to hand and a large, lidded design that provides an impressive 14-litres of stowage.

In-car entertainment systems have been upgraded to take advantage of Defender’s improved refinement. For the first time, high-mounted tweeters are available in Defender and work in conjunction with the new speaker installation for significantly improved clarity and sound reproduction. An auxiliary/MP3 audio input socket is also available.

The new facia houses an all-new heating and ventilation system. Cabin airflow is up almost 50 per cent, with new aluminium plate and fin heat exchangers helping deliver impressive performance. In cold weather, the heater warms the cabin 40 per cent quicker than before and can achieve cabin temperatures a full 12°C higher. The air-conditioning system can cool the cabin in half the time of the old unit, and achieve cabin temperatures 7°C lower too. The addition of side window demist vents helps maintain visibility whatever the weather.

SeatsSeating is also comprehensively improved. New, taller front seats are designed to improve back support and head restraint ergonomics.

Robust, more supportive second row seats are introduced too. 110 Station Wagon and 130 Crew Cab models can comfortably accommodate three occupants on a new, asymmetrically-split second row seat. A spring-assisted fold mechanism helps when folding the seats for carrying large or awkward loads.

Defender 90 Station Wagon second row occupants benefit from a pair of individual, full-size, forward-facing rear seats. Providing significantly increased comfort and space over the outgoing model, these seats are also available as a third row option on the 110 Station Wagon. Accessed either through the rear door or by folding the second row seats, they can be easily folded and stowed sideways in the loadspace.

Seat trims include durable all-vinyl and cloth specifications; a half-leather option is also available to add a touch of luxury to the new cabin. Three-point safety belts are specified for all seating positions.

SeatsUpgraded sound insulation, the common rail engine’s excellent combustion control and the significantly higher top gear all contribute to a substantial overall improvement in cabin refinement. In the words of Gary Taylor, Defender’s chief programme engineer, “For many customers, the step change in Defender’s refinement will be one of the most welcome advances; not only are noise levels significantly lower, but sound quality is transformed too.”

Defender’s unique vehicle architecture has been retained. The chassis frame is available in three different wheelbases, and in both standard and heavy-duty guise (for even greater load-bearing capabilities). A total of 14 separate body styles – from pick-ups and soft-tops to crew cabs and station wagons – are produced on the mainstream production line. Beyond this, Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team offer a range of products from standard drop-side or box-body conversions to bespoke design and build adaptations into ambulances, mobile hydraulic platforms and even airport fire tenders – all of which are covered by Land Rover’s extensive warranty.

All photographs and engineering data in this press pack are from pre-production prototype work. The specification, design and production of any vehicle shown is subject to alteration without notice. Some images feature optional accessories.


Number of seats min

2 / 2 / 5

Number of seats max

4 / 7/ 5


Overall length: Pick-up

3736 mm / 4453 mm / n/a

Overall length: Station Wagon

3922 mm / 4639 mm / n/a

Overall length: Double Cab

n/a / 4453 mm / 5144 mm


2360 mm / 2794 mm / 3225 mm

Width excluding mirrors

1790 mm / 1790 mm / 1790 mm

Width including mirrors

1992 mm / 1992 mm / 1992 mm

Height with 205 tyres

1980 mm / n/a / n/a

Height with 235 tyres

2018 mm / 2030 mm / n/a

Height with 7.50 tyres

2018 mm / 2030 mm / 2010 mm

Front overhang

649 mm / 649 mm / 649 mm

Rear overhang: Pick-up

727 mm / 1010 mm / n/a

Rear overhang: Station Wagon

913 mm / 1196 mm / n/a

Rear overhang: Double Cab

n/a / 1010 mm / 1270 mm

Min ground clearance – with 205 tyres

219.5 mm / n/a / n/a

Min ground clearance – with 235 / 7.50 tyres

245 mm / 245 mm / 245 mm

Track – front

1486 mm / 1486 mm / 1486 mm

Track – rear

1486 mm / 1486 mm / 1486 mm

Wading depth (max)

500 mm / 500 mm / 500 mm

Turning circle – with 205 tyres

5.85 m / n/a / n/a

Turning circle – with 235 tyres

6.67 m / 7.18 m / n/a

Turning circle – with 7.50 tyres

6.15 m / 6.4 m / 7.54 m

Maximum gradient

45° / 45° / 45°

Approach angle – with 205 tyres

45.4° / n/a / n/a

Approach angle – with 235 / 7.50 tyres

50° / 50° / 50°

Ramp breakover angle – with 205 tyres

149° / n/a / n/a

Ramp breakover angle – with 235 / 7.50 tyres

145.3° / 152.8° / 156°

Departure angle – with 205 tyres

49.5° / n/a / n/a

Departure angle – with 235 / 7.50 tyres

47° / 34° / 34°

Traverse angle

30° / 30° / 30°

Weight (from)

1638 kg / 1750 kg / 2007 kg

Max laden weight

2400 kg / 2950 kg / 3500 kg

Max towing weight (braked trailer)

3500 kg / 3500 kg / 3500 kg

Max towing weight (unbraked trailer)

750 kg / 750 kg / 750 kg


Fuel tank capacity

60 ltr / 75 ltr / 75 ltr






Extra urban


CO2 emissions



Max speed

82 mph / 82 mph / 82 mph

0-60 mph (96 km/h)


0-100 km/h





No. cylinders


No. valves


Effective displacement

2401 cc


89.9 mm


94.6 mm

Compression ratio :1

17.5 +/- 0.5

Max power

90 kW

@ engine speed

3500 rpm

Max torque

360 Nm

@ engine speed

2000 rpm


Transmission type

GFT MT-82; six-speed manual

Four-wheel-drive system

Full-time four-wheel-drive



high / low :1


23.334 / 62.988


high / low :1


12.171 / 32.854


high / low :1


7.378 / 19.916


high / low :1


5.243 / 14.153


high / low :1


4.287 / 11.572


high / low :1


3.181 / 8.587


high / low :1


21.156 / 57.109

Final drive ratio :1



High range transfer box ratio



Low range transfer box ratio



*Fuel economy figures not available at time of press

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FREELANDER 2London, 28 July 2006
Land Rover's all new Freelander 2 has emerged as one of the stars of the British International Motor Show. Visitors have flocked to the Land Rover stand to get their first views of the exciting new compact 4x4, which made its world debut at the show at London's ExCeL exhibition centre.

The Freelander 2 is new from the ground up, with outstanding on-road performance as well as the class-leading off-road ability expected of a true Land Rover. A dynamic design, purposeful stance, smart and spacious interior and an abundance of advanced technologies complete the package. Andy Griffiths, Land Rover's UK Marketing Director, said, "We've been delighted with the level of interest shown in the new Freelander 2. Not only have visitors been making a bee-line to our stand to see the car in the metal for the first time but we've had thousands of people asking for more details about it. We're confident many of those inquiries will turn into sales. It's been a really successful show for us."

Prices for the Freelander 2 will start at approximately £22,000 and rise to over £30,000. Land Rover dealers are taking orders for the new vehicles now and more specification information such as available colours and 360 degree design tours are available online at www.landrover.co.uk.

As well as unveiling the all new Freelander 2 at ExCeL, Land Rover launched its industry leading CO2 Offset Programme to help balance emissions from its manufacturing operations and customer vehicles. The pilot programme, to be run by Climate Care, will fund schemes for alternative forms of energy, such as wind and solar power, energy efficiency and technology change. The programme will run from September to the end of 2008, during which time it's estimated two million tonnes of CO2 will be offset.

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Nissan Keeps British Transport Police On The Move

Nissan for British Transport Police26 July 2006
One of the oldest and most distinct police forces in Britain, British Transport Police (BTP), has placed an order, worth a quarter of a million pounds, for 13 specially modified Nissan Pathfinder Treks. Scheduled for delivery this autumn, the deal builds on previous contract wins for the manufacturer among Police Forces nationwide.

The Pathfinders are currently undergoing adaptation at Nissan’s special vehicle operations centre to meet stringent police specifications and have items like sirens, lights and extra racking installed. 12 of the vehicles will be finished in white and carry full Police livery whilst the remaining vehicle will be used for covert operations up and down the country by this increasingly prominent emergency service.

Fitted with a 2.5dCi 174PS engine with 6 speed manual transmission, the Pathfinder is capable of accelerating from 0 to 62mph in just 11.5 seconds whilst remaining amongst the most fuel-efficient vehicles in their class, achieving up to 31.4 mpg on the combined cycle.

Capable of hauling 3 tonnes and providing a flexible interior set up that affords up to 2,091 litres of cargo space, the Pathfinder also offers an unprecedented maximum cargo length of up to 2.8 metres when the front passenger seat is folded down.

Ideally suited to the varied requirements of BTP, the Pathfinder is equally at home on and off-road. Smooth, spacious and comfortable when cruising on longer road journeys, they are practical, durable and easy to handle on rugged terrain. With their lower centre of gravity compared to most 4x4s and Nissan’s award winning ALL MODE 4x4 system, BTP can expect maximum traction, regardless of surface, as it seeks to deal with its typical workload of 130,000 offences annually – many of them down at trackside in rural locations.

British Transport Police, the national police service for Britain’s railways – 10,000 miles of track and 3,000 stations and depots – can trace its history back to 1825 and the origins of the police service itself. It employs almost 3,000 officers and over 1,000 other staff, based across the country in 87 stations. Charged with providing policing to rail operators, their 130,000 staff and passengers throughout England, Wales and Scotland the Force is also responsible for policing the London Underground system, Docklands Light Railway, and a growing number of regional tram systems. Between them, these rail businesses move some six million people and 400,000 tonnes of freight every day and they rely on the BTP for all aspects of policing from crime prevention, counter terrorist patrols to dealing with the aftermath of criminal activity, accidents and fatalities.

The demanding railway environment presents its own very specific policing needs – anti-terrorist operations, obstructing trains, graffiti prevention, the handling of major incidents and policing of travelling sports fans for instance, and BTP fleet manager, Graham Tillett, believes the Nissan Pathfinders are up to the task. He says: "Our vehicles, just like our officers, have to be excellent multi-taskers. Trackside one minute, dashing across town from one station to another the next, and always prepared to cope with the unexpected."

"They have to carry a lot of equipment and be able to meet every challenge we throw at them. The Pathfinder Treks performed well in tests and surpassed every one of our benchmarks during the search process, proving themselves proper off-roaders as you would expect from a manufacturer like Nissan."

Dave Murfitt, fleet sales director at Nissan, comments: "British Transport Police do a remarkable job and they need a remarkable vehicle fleet to help them do it to the best of their ability. Obviously we believe the Pathfinders fit comfortably into such a fleet. Once more, securing a contract of this nature is important for our brand because of the credibility it bestows. It is also testament to the hard work of our sales professionals who, along with their police demonstration fleet of Pathfinders, an X-Trail, Navara and even a Primastar minibus-derived cell van, have been winning friends and contracts from Forces nationwide."

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Gaydon, Warwickshire, 26 July 2006
Network television's Channel 4 will show six, half-hour episodes on the Land Rover G4 Challenge in its Saturday morning adventure and extreme sports time slot for six weeks through August and into September.

The programmes will capture the mud, sweat, adrenaline and tears that 18 men and women representing their respective nations experience as they compete through 28 days of intense 4x4 and multi-sport competition across South East Asia and South America.

Along the way competitors battle with extreme temperatures and altitudes as they navigate, 4x4 drive, ride, kayak, climb, and abseil through some of the world's most striking scenery, captivating cultures and untouched gems. As the journey unfolds, so do the highs and lows of the 18 personalities who are all intent on winning the brand new Range Rover that comes with the title of the 2006 Land Rover G4 Challenge winner.

The scheduled times for the programmes are as follows:

  • Programme 01 – UK Selections 05 August 7.00am
  • Programme 02 – International Selections 12 August 7.00am
  • Programme 03 – Stage 01 19 August 7.00am
  • Programme 04 – Stage 02 02 September 7.00am
  • Programme 05 – Stage 03 09 September 7.00am
  • Programme 06 – Stage 04 & Challenge Final 16 September 7.00am

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  • New Ford Ranger has a new common rail 2.5-litre engine.
  • More power, torque, durability and style with prices from £11,650 to £17,450.
The all-new Ford Ranger pick-up will deliver more power, more style and more durability when it arrives on Britain's roads, quarries and farms in September. It is a true off-roader which is both rugged and capable in the harshest of environments and yet stylish and comfortable for the driver who needs it to fit their lifestyle as well as their job.

Steve Kimber, commercial vehicles director, Ford of Britain, said: "Sales of Ranger have more than doubled over the last five years and we are confident that the all-new Ranger will attract even more new customers who will certainly feel the difference from the increased power in the pedal to the sculpted seatbacks."

The new Ford Ranger is equipped with an all-new 2.5-litre Duratorq TDCi common-rail fuel injection diesel engine. This provides increased power from the previous 109PS to 143PS and increased torque from 226Nm at 2000rpm to 330Nm at 1,800 rpm. The higher levels of refinement of the new TDCi engine, a new cooling system and stiffer engine and body mounts are part of the package which deliver a significantly quieter cabin. With service intervals now at 12,500 miles/one year running costs are reduced along with improved fuel economy from the new engine.

The interior of the new Ranger has been completely redesigned. The seats boast a new sculpted seatback, wider shoulders, improved bolster and a larger headrest. The angular centre console is finished in silver and chrome detailing continues on the instrument cluster, ventilator grilles, gearshift, window switches and inner door handles. There are numerous stowage areas in the new Ranger, including five cupholders, a pull-out tray to keep stationery in place and a two-bin centre console to store CDs, mobile phones and sunglasses. All new Rangers feature an integrated radio with an in-dash CD player: an in-dash six-CD player and additional speakers are also available on XLT and Thunder models.

The new Ranger boasts a class-leading load box capacity with an innovative new shelving built into the load area. Ranger is capable of carrying a one tonne payload and now features a substantial three tonne towing capacity – enough to comfortably tow a double horse box, small boat or motorcycle. Four wheel ABS anti-lock braking is standard across the Ranger model range, helping to avoid a collision even when towing at full gross train weight.

As more and more customers use their Ranger for day-to-day and family transportation, Ford's no-compromise approach to safety is designed to ensure that all occupants are equally protected. The new Ranger is equipped with standard front airbags for driver and passenger, plus side impact airbags for the front seats on XLT and Thunder models. Seatbelts are equipped with pre-tensioners to maximise passenger protection in an accident. Child seat anchors are also available.

Technical specifications







Five-speed manual


Hydraulic single dry plate with diaphragm spring

Idle speed (rpm)


Gear ratios                                     1st




















Independent double wishbone, torsion bar springs


Rigid leaf springs






Ventilated discs   256mm (4x2), 289mm (4x4)


Leading and trailing drums






Ball & nut, power assisted

Turning circle diameter (m)

12.0 (4x2), 12.6 (4x4)





Maximum payload (kg)


Max. towing – with trailer (kg)

1,600 (4x2), 3,000 (4x4)

Max. pickup box length (mm)

2,280 (Regular), 1,753 (Super), 1530 (Double)



Dimensions (mm)







Front track



Rear track



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SsangYong UK Ltd announce the addition of two Limited Edition models

SsangYong19 July 2006
Rexton S Sport

  • Based upon the Rexton 2.7 S Manual 5 Seat, the Rexton S Sport features the following equipment upgrades:
  • Satellite navigation system
  • Texas alloy wheels
  • Chicago side bars with steps
  • Only 90 Rexton S Sport models will be offered for sale.
  • The retail value of these special equipment items is £1,700, but the Rexton S Sport is available at a retail price of £19,995, only £1,000 above the standard model.
Rexton SE Sport
  • Based upon the Rexton 2.7 SE Manual 5 Seat, the Rexton SE Sport features the following equipment upgrades:
  • Kenwood satellite navigation system
  • Montana 18" alloy wheels
  • Denver side steps
  • Rear parking assist
  • Only 65 Rexton SE Sport models will be offered for sale.
  • The retail value of these special equipment items is £4,750, but the Rexton SE Sport is available at a retail price of £23,995, only £3,000 above the standard model.

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Jeep grows lineup to seven vehicles in 2007

19 July 2006


The Jeep® brand is on a major product offensive, expanding from three models in 2005 to seven in 2007, the most available to retail consumers at one time in the 65-year history of Jeep vehicles. No other automotive manufacturer in the world has the range of sport-utility vehicles that Jeep offers.

By the end of 2007, the Jeep brand lineup will include Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee and Wrangler, plus the all-new Compass, Patriot and the four-door Wrangler Unlimited. These vehicles provide the opportunity to grow the Jeep brand by offering a variety of products that will excite current customers and attract new ones.

"The Jeep brand is on a product offensive and will continue to grow with new offerings that leverage Jeep’s legendary 4x4 leadership," said Thomas Hausch, Executive Director – International Sales and Marketing, Chrysler Group. "We are solidifying the Jeep brand’s foundation with the all-new Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, while also stretching the brand to reach new customers in the growing compact SUV segment with Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot."

Jeep Commander the first of the brand family to offer standard three-row seating, accommodating up to seven passengers in style

The new Jeep Commander, on sale in the UK from April 2006, is part of the on-going Jeep product offensive in markets outside North America and is featured today at the British International Motor Show in London. The Commander is the first of the Jeep family to offer as standard three-row seating, accommodating up to seven passengers comfortably. This classic, rugged 4x4 offers UK customers a class-leading vehicle with legendary off-road capabilities and on-road refinement.

The Jeep Commander, with its classic, rugged design, features a host of safety systems plus the Quadra-Drive II® four-wheel-drive system. The Commander is available in the UK with the 3.0-litre V-6 CRD diesel engine and 5.7-litre V-8 HEMI® petrol engine. A choice of two trim levels is available on the 3.0-litre V-6 CRD: Predator and Limited. The 5.7-litre V-8 HEMI comes with the Limited trim only.

Jeep Brand

Jeep, which is one of the most recognised brands in the world, is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2006. In 1941, the Willys-Overland company delivered to the U.S. Army 1,500 light reconnaissance vehicles called the Willys Quad. Improved vehicles were called the MA and MB, but eventually, those vehicles came to be known as the Jeep. More than 368,000 were built for use during World War II.

Over the years, mastery, authenticity, freedom and adventure have become the hallmarks of the Jeep brand and the basis for its SUV leadership worldwide.

Sales of Jeep brand vehicles outside North America rose to 84,019 units in 2005, a 15 percent increase versus 2004. In calendar-year 2005, all three models – Wrangler, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee – posted gains over the prior year.

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ExCeL, London, 18 July 2006
Land Rover's all-new Freelander 2 makes its world debut today at the British International Motor Show at ExCeL in London's Docklands. The vehicle is displayed on the Land Rover show stand alongside an updated, 2007 model year Range Rover TDV8, a Range Rover Sport TDV6 and a Discovery 3 TDV6.

The Freelander 2 is new from the ground up, with outstanding on-road performance as well as the class-leading off-road ability expected of a true Land Rover. A dynamic design, purposeful stance, smart and spacious interior and an abundance of advanced technologies complete the package.

Technical highlights of the Freelander 2 include:

  • Two new engines:
    • 2.2-litre TD4 diesel (160 PS / 118 kW) – better fuel economy than its predecessor (37.7 mpg : 7.5 l/100 km) and 43 per cent more power
    • 3.2-litre i6 petrol (233 PS / 171 kW) – 30 per cent more powerful than the outgoing V6 with 10 per cent improvement in fuel economy
  • Full-time intelligent 4x4 that helps optimise traction and fuel economy
  • Land Rover’ s unique Terrain Response™ – for easier off-road driving – heads a long list of advanced technologies, many new to the class.

For the 2007 model year, the Range Rover gains a powerful, refined, all-new TDV8 diesel engine, which cuts the 0-60 mph sprint (and 0-100 km/h) by over four seconds, but has the same fuel economy as the outgoing diesel (25.1 mpg combined average). Added technologies include Land Rover’s acclaimed Terrain Response, electronic park brake and electronic rear ‘e’ differential. The improved cabin also gains extra stowage, enhanced finishes and more effective air-conditioning – plus the option of cooled front seats.

Land Rover's managing director, Phil Popham, said: "We are delighted to be supporting the British International Motor Show here in London with two product debuts – it is our home show and is very important to our business. The first of these products, an updated Range Rover, comes with a new TDV8 engine which has a balance of performance, refinement and economy that is unmatched – it makes this vehicle even more desirable."

He continued: "The Freelander 2 sets new standards in the sector, combining the advantages of a premium car with the attributes of a robust 4x4. We believe that no other compact 4x4 gets closer to blending these best-of-both-worlds abilities."

The Range Rover for 2007 goes on sale from September this year, with the Freelander 2 following it into Land Rover showrooms from December. Prices for the Freelander 2 will start at approximately £22,000 and rise to over £30,000. Land Rover dealers are taking orders for the new vehicles now and more specification information such as available colours and 360 degree design tours are available online at www.landrover.co.uk.

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Cooper Tire18 July 2006
Cooper Tires has made another tough addition to its highly-praised Discoverer off-road range of tyres with the new Super Traction Tread (STT). Designed with the adventurous pursuits of rock-climbing, mud-eating and terrain-taming in mind, the Discoverer STT also offers superb traction, enhanced durability and increased puncture resistance on the road thanks to its innovative and uncompromising design and tread compound.

The bold, aggressive tread of Cooper’s new ‘rock star’ has been extended down the sidewall to enhance soft surface traction and provide additional clawing power in rocky, off-road situations. The notched shoulder lugs have been scalloped, guaranteeing that one part of the tyre always has a clear shot at fresh ground. Outstanding durability is delivered by the three-ply Armor-Tek3 body, while the non-directional tread elements are strategically siped for exceptional handling in wet weather.

Overall, the M and S rated Discoverer STT offers excellent grip, handling characteristics and durability, and features both black sidewall and outline white letter sizes. It is available in 26 sizes, including the popular 15, 16, 17 and 18-inch rim, and a handy rim protector helps protect alloys from kerbing damage.

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Jeep launches 152 mph Grand Cherokee SRT-8 for just £40, 585

4 July 2006
Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) high performance division has fitted an enlarged version of the company’s legendary HEMI engine into the Grand Cherokee, creating the quickest, most powerful Jeep ever made. Powered by a 6.1-litre HEMI V-8 producing 420 bhp and 420 lb ft of torque, the Grand Cherokee SRT-8 is 25 per cent more powerful than the standard Grand Cherokee and uses a unique four-wheel drive system to help it accelerate to 62 mph in just 5.0 seconds, achieving a top speed of 152 mph.

"When Jeep set out to create its quickest-ever model, it was with the race track rather than mud track in mind," said Peter Lambert, Managing Director of Chrysler Group UK. "The SRT-8 is not intended to be off-road capable. Instead, with this injection of SRT DNA, the new Grand Cherokee SRT-8 establishes a fresh benchmark for high-performance SUVs. It has the raw power to out-perform a Porsche Cayenne Turbo at a fraction of the price." Although the heart of the Grand Cherokee SRT-8 is the enlarged 6.1-litre HEMI V-8 engine, the aim of the four-wheel drive system is to maximise the on-road traction available to the driver, while being robust and reliable enough to handle the upgraded HEMI engine’s massive amounts of power and torque.

The all-new unique transfer case is set up to deliver from five to 10 percent of torque to the front wheels, under normal driving conditions, with the remaining 90-to-95 percent being sent to the rear axle. When driving on slippery surfaces, the four-wheel drive system can automatically transfer up to 100 percent of torque to the front wheels when additional traction and stability is required.

As well as the high-performance engine and four-wheel drive system, all SRT vehicles feature a race-inspired interior and performance-oriented exterior features. These features include an all-new front fascia, to reduce lift and drag and providing sufficient airflow to meet the increased cooling demands of the larger HEMI engine, unique air intake ducts that help cool the front brakes, specially designed side sill extensions that help to increase down force, a new rear fascia incorporating two large diameter exhaust tail pipes and five-spoke 20-inch forged aluminium wheels.

To match the car’s performance characteristics, the Grand Cherokee SRT-8 offers enhanced ride and handling, and first-class braking with an ultra-high performance Brembo racing-style braking system. The SRT-8’s unique chassis set-up includes tuned Bilstein dampers, specially tailored spring rates and suspension bushings and larger-diameter anti-roll bars, together with 25 mm lower ride height and a re-tuned ESP system.

Peter Lambert added: "This sensational addition to the Jeep model range is priced at £40,585 on-the-road and is on sale to UK customers in right-hand drive from July 2006. If driving enthusiasts want to get their hands on the fastest Jeep ever they will have to be as quick as the car itself! Only a handful will be brought into the UK this year."

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3 July 2006
Mitsubishi Motors will use the 2006 Paris Motor Show in September to launch its all-new European SUV, the Outlander. Due to go on-sale spring 2007, the new mid-size 4x4 has been designed to bring new levels of comfort and drivability to an important and expanding sector of the market.

70 years of 4x4 technology
Seventy years after its seminal PX33 4 wheel-drive torpedo, MMC will be able to demonstrate in Paris its expertise in this area through a coherent, up-to-the-minute and totally renewed SUV line-up, filling key sectors of the growing SUV market in Europe. After the successful launch of its L200 sport-utility-truck earlier this year and prior to another most important introduction, Mitsubishi Motors will unveil “Outlander-Concept” in Paris.

Best selling compact SUV
A derivative of the all-new Outlander launched in Japan in October 2005 and now the best selling compact SUV in Japan (20,041 sales October 2005 / May 2006), Outlander-Concept will preview the upcoming Euro-spec. Outlander. To be launched in Europe during the first quarter of 2007, Outlander will allow Mitsubishi Motors to enter the fastest growing SUV segment (up 54% from 325,000 in 2001 to 500,000 in 2006 and with further 35% growth expected between 2006 and 2009), right in the heart of this sector. Outlander-Concept will also preview in Europe an all-new global C-segment platform that MMC has engineered for world markets, plus advanced technology based on Mitsubishi Motors’ AWC (All Wheel Control) concept and proven through its motor sport activities.

A new dimension
Legitimate by heritage, Outlander-Concept proposes a new dimension to an increasingly crowded and predictable segment through design, technology and features:

  • Design: With its Europe-only “Mount Fuji” grille, the 4.64 m long Outlander-Concept is a further showcase of Mitsubishi Motors’ strong visual identity, while its wide stance, muscular fenders and sharp lines leave no doubt about its dynamic abilities. Lean, Outlander-Concept brings drama without gratuitous effects, its kicked-up window line, piercing headlamps and 20” specific wheels giving the appearance of permanent motion. It will be presented in a sporty metallic red with silver accents (roof rails, side body strips, door handles, front skid-plate, grille surround).
  • Technology: Neither an authentic off-roader like Pajero* nor a jacked-up station wagon, Outlander-Concept is a no-compromise solution for a different type of recreational vehicle. Using the in-built adaptability of MMC’s new global platform, it brings passenger car-like levels of active safety and driving pleasure, whilst its Mitsubishi “All Wheel Control” drive system allows a smooth progression off the beaten tracks, up to a “Lock 4WD” mode. Outlander-Concept is powered by a derivative of the Volkswagen AG-supplied 1,968 cc, turbo-charged w/intercooler, DOHC, 16-valve, EU-4 compliant Diesel engine fitted to the recent Grandis Di-D. Mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, in Outlander-Concept it produces an estimated 103kW / 140 ps.
  • Features: Flexible in essence, Outlander-Concept has been designed as a stylish living space, able to suit all requirements and with features to match, be it entertainment (650W 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate® premium audio system), seating (clever “Hide&SeatÔ” 3rd row for 5+2 accommodation) or utility (split tailgate and auto-folding function for the 2nd row seats).

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