Land Rover Freelander assists in 'toughest' Ultra Marathon

The members of the Arctic Ultra team which Land Rover is supporting include polar adventurer Alan Chambers MBE, the founder of the charity HopeHIV, Phil Wall, and finally former England rugby star Lewis Moody.

A 2013-specifcation Land Rover Freelander has already provided assistance to the Arctic Ultra team, during their gruelling training programme. The Freelander has provided essential access and support in getting to remote areas in an attempt to get used to the type of terrains they will experience in the Yukon.

Lewis, Alan and Phil will trek 300 miles across the Yukon where temperatures can drop to -50 degrees. Throughout the 8-day trek, they will need to overcome a number of challenges en route which will include maintaining the correct body temperature, staying hydrated, and also sleep deprivation.

This chilling challenge will undoubtedly test the might of not only the three-man team but also the Land Rover Freelander 2 itself. The latter of which will need to make full use of the capabilities of its four-wheel drive powertrain and other onboard driving features to.

Jeremy Hicks Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: “We are excited to be supporting Lewis, Alan and Phil in their challenge to complete the 300 mile trek across the Yukon in Canada”.

“As a company we celebrate individuals and teams who embrace life’s challenges with capability and composure, and this is a great example of a group of people who are doing just that. We are also extremely pleased that we could assist in their preparations through the use of our vehicles.”

Since October 2012, the five-door and five-seater Land Rover Freelander 2 in its up-to-date 2013 model year specification has been on sale to UK motorists.

Compared to the previous generation Freelander, the latest SUV received updated modern exterior styling and a large overhaul of the interior.

The interior of the compact Land Rover Freelander 2 adds new front and rear LED lights plus a new finish for the front grille.

More noticeable changes are applied to the SUV’s interior, where Land Rover have made major strides in cabin quality in order to put the Freelander closer in terms to the Range Rover Evoque.

An all-new centre console is inserted in the 2013 Freelander which now features a 7″ touchscreen that will control many of the SUV’s functions including the audio system and the optional satellite navigation.

In regards driving the latest Freelander, Land Rover also made major changes in this area by removing the Terrain Response dial and the manual handbrake from the previous SUV. These functions have been swapped in favour of button controls found just behind the gearlever and a brand new electronic parking brake.

Land Rover have also added some practical luxury driving features for the 2013 Land Rover Freelander 2, including keyless engine start button, a rear view camera and a voice control function which works on the majority of the vehicle’s luxury kit. All of these features can prove usual whether you’re on the road or off it.

The engine range for the Land Rover Freelander 2 includes up to three 2.2-litre turbodiesel units, with stop-start engine technology included as standard to save fuel when the SUV is idle in traffic.

One of the units is a 148bhp eD4 engine, which is connected to a two-wheel drive powertrain and six-speed manual gearbox. This is the most efficient engine in the Freelander range, averaging a return of 47.1mpg while CO2 emissions are recorded at 158g/km.

The other turbodiesels for the Freelander SUV include a TD4 unit which again produces 148bhp, and finally there is also an 187bhp SD4 turbodiesel.

These latter two engine options utilise a four-wheel drive powertrain, and the SD4 unit is also connected to a six-speed automatic gearbox, which comes optionally for TD4 powered Freelanders.

Prices for the Land Rover Freelander 2 SUV currently start from £23,700 and the SUV is available for UK motorists to order now from Perrys Land Rover Dealerships located in Halifax and Huddersfield.

View our latest Perrys Car Video Test Drive Reviews here