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Maria Sharapova Previews All-New Land Rover Freelander 2

Why a Land Rover Press Release: The new Land Rover LR2 (Freelander 2) is based on a version of Volvo’s P1 platform, also used for the S40, V50, C70 and upcoming C30 and XC50 models.

What this Means to You: Volvo has been careful about keeping the upcoming XC50, a little SUV brother to the XC90, under tight wraps. About all we do know is that the XC50 will use a large P1 variant and probably share much of its hardware with the LR2. In as much, news on the new LR2 is highly significant for those awaiting the XC50. Furthermore, it appears based on this release that Volvo’s new 3.2 6-cylinder in-line engine fits at least this larger variant of the P1 architecture.

Begin Release:

Kensington, London – Women’s tennis superstar and Land Rover driver, Maria Sharapova, 19, was in London today for a pre-Wimbledon Sony Ericsson Women’s Tennis Association (SEWTA) party in Kensington, where she gave party guests and on-lookers a sneak preview of the all-new Land Rover Freelander 2.

Miss Sharapova is an official Land Rover ambassador in North America, where she promotes the vehicles, and she currently uses her Range Rover at her home in the USA.

Speaking at the event, Miss Sharapova said: “I drive a Land Rover at my home in the USA. Since I was 15 and first saw Land Rovers in the US I have admired their unique design and British-ness. I currently have Range Rovers, but am a big fan of the new Freelander 2. I love the fact I can use my i-Pod straight through its sound system, and I can get my coach, my dad, my agent and all my equipment in the car too.”

The SEWTA party was held at Kensington Roof Gardens in London, and was hosted by the owner, Sir Richard Branson.

The all-new Freelander 2 will appear at the British International Motor Show at the Excel exhibition centre in London’s Docklands from 18 July 2006.

Note to editors: Land Rover Freelander 2 product highlights:

Fresh and dynamic exterior design – chiselled, geometric and simple

Two new engines that deliver strong combinations of performance, refinement and fuel economy

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 4×4 that helps optimise traction and fuel economy

Land Rover’s unique Terrain Response™ system – for easier off-road driving

Designed and engineered by Land Rover at Gaydon, near Warwick, the Freelander 2 is built at the Halewood plant in Liverpool, where outstanding build quality has been acknowledged with a J.D. Power European Plant Quality Gold Award in 2005.

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