Land Rover Freelander Revisions
(Thursday 23 August 2012)
Land Rover has given the Freelander what it describes as a "premium overhaul", and the new version will make its world debut at the Moscow Show next Wednesday (August 29).
Mechanically, there are no differences, so there's still a choice of 149bhp and 187bhp turbo diesel engine, six-speed manual or automatic transmission and two- or four-wheel drive. The changes largely relate to equipment levels and interior design - there's a new centre console and instrument cluster, for example, while the Terrain Response system (which primes 4x4 versions of the car for different road or off-road conditions) is now controlled by switches rather than the previous dial.
Other changes include an electric parking brake, a voice activitation system for the audio, phone, climate control and (if fitted) satellite navigation systems, and a reversing camera whose display includes a Hitch Assist function so that you can see where the towball is if you're reversing towards a trailer.
Two new trim levels have been added, bringing the total to six. Dynamic slots in between the existing XS and HSE, and features a bodystyling kit, gloss black exterior trim and 19" ten-spoke alloy wheels, while the HSE Lux becomes the top version, featuring Windsor leather upholstery, Grand Black Lacquer finisher, premium carpet mats and, once again, 19" wheels, but this time diamond-turned.