British Indian brand has been offering a commercial version of their Land Rover Discovery 3 SUV for more than a year and it seems that the idea of converting an entry-luxury SUV into a commercial vehicle was not that bad, after all.
Meet the 2008 Land Rover Freelander 2 / LR2 Commercial!
I must admit that I am not familiar with the way the British tax system works, but, as far as I know, buyers of commercial vehicles there enjoy significant tax breaks. Judging by the specs of this “commercial” Freelander 2, the only thing it needs to comply with the regulations is to replace glass in its doors with opaque plastic panels.
Since the rest of luxury features (see below) come intact, you get yourself a significantly cheaper version of the entry-premium SUV that, at least, allows you to travel in style from your house in London suburbs to Windsor race course.
Just like the Disco 3, the 2008 Land Rover Freelander 2 / LR2 Commercial will be offered in “S” and “XS” trims. Both versions will share standard floor support frame, floor panel with lashing points, fixed rear side glass, rubber load space mat, tail door and side window guards and rear cargo lighting.
The “XS” version will also add to this list a set of 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control, high-end 14-speaker (!!!) ICE entertainment system made by Alpine and part leather interior trim. Not that bad for a light commercial vehicle, right?
The SUVs will be equipped with either a 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder gasoline engine, or a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder turbo diesel. The oil-burner produces a maximum of 300 lb-ft of torque, 158 bhp and offers generous 37 mpg fuel economy.
Set to debut at the Commercial Vehicle show to be held at the NEC in England on the 15th, 16th and 17th of April, the Land Rover Freelander 2 / LR2 Commercial will probably offer its future UK owners Benefit in Kind tax and full VAT reclaim associated with light commercial vehicles.
Photo: Land Rover
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