Freelander 'most fuel efficient yet'

Land Rover has launched what it claims is its most fuel-efficient vehicle to date - the Freelander 2 TD4e.

The compact off-roader features an engine stop/start system which Land Rover said helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 8% compared with the outgoing manual-gearbox TD4 Freelander.

The manufacturer added that fuel savings can be as high as 20% for urban motoring.

The car also features a dashboard light which indicates when the driver should change gear, and low-rolling resistance tyres.

Carbon dioxide emissions are 15 g/km lower than the standard Freelander 2 TD4 manual (from 194 g/km to 179 g/km). Diesel consumption is improved from 37.7 mpg to 41.3 mpg.

Land Rover managing director Phil Popham said: "The Stop/Start Freelander 2 is the first production vehicle to benefit from the massive £700 million investment in sustainable technologies by Jaguar and Land Rover."

The Stop/Start system automatically shuts down the engine in "appropriate conditions" to avoid fuel being wasted through idling.

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