Original Freelander is added to Land Rover’s list of Heritage models, meaning continued parts support
Land Rover has confirmed that the first generation Freelander is the latest car to be taken on by its Heritage division. As 2016 marks ten years since the model went out of production, the popular Freelander will pass over to Heritage, meaning the model will continue to be supported by the company in the future.
The model joins seven other Land Rovers under Heritage’s remit, which ranges from the early Series Land Rovers, the Classic and P38 Range Rover, as well as the first and second generation Discovery. Heritage also looks after Jaguar’s classic cars, and now boasts more than 33,000 individual parts in its catalogues.
When it was launched in 1997, the Freelander represented a significant shift to the mass market for Land Rover. It was a huge success, and remains one of the company’s best-selling cars to this day. Bringing in many clever new systems such as Hill Descent Control and an ABS system that worked off road, the baby Land Rover was extremely capable off road.
More importantly however, the Freelander was actually much more car-like on the road than the green oval’s previous vehicles. Thanks to a clever four-wheel drive system, which featured Immediate Reduction Drive (IDR) and a viscous-coupling (VCU), it was much more refined and fuel efficient, making it a nicer all-round family proposition.
Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Heritage, commented: ‘With the addition of the Freelander 1 as a Heritage model, Land Rover is reaffirming its support and commitment to its loyal customers by providing exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences for models more than 10 years out of production. Genuine Land Rover Heritage Parts for Freelander 1 have been engineered and tested in extreme conditions. As such it gives our customers total peace-of-mind that their vehicles are maintained to the highest possible standards.’