Freelander was the first new Land Rover for nearly ten years and designed to appeal to a new market; drivers of estates and MPVs searching for more individual character. A new facility was built at Solihull specifically for the model.
Available as a soft-top, three-door or a five-door estate, it had all-independent suspension, permanent four-wheel drive, ABS, traction control and 1.8 litre and (briefly) V6 petrol engines, or a 2.0 litre diesel.
This LHD diesel Maestro "mule" is one of around 25 built in 1994 by Land Rover. Their purpose was on-road testing of the Freelander running gear without taking prototype or pre-production vehicles into the public view.
On loan to Dunsfold Collection