The Freelander 2 was the first Land Rover not to be built at Solihull. Instead, it was manufactured at Halewood, sharing the production line with Jaguar's X‐type.
The Freelander 2 was all new. Larger, smoother, and better off-road than the Freelander 1. Two new engines were available – a 6 cylinder petrol and a turbocharged diesel. It had permanent four wheel drive with traction control, roll stability and LR's Terrain Response, Gradient Release and Hill Descent Control systems.
This diesel HSE model, finished in eye-catching Tambora Flame paint, was the first Freelander 2 to roll out of Halewood, driven off the line in October 2006 by Liverpool FC football players Sami Hyppia, Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia.