23 Aug 2012

Updated Land Rover Freelander 2

Land Rover has given the Freelander a refresh.  Eager to grab some of the attention away from the all new Range Rover the Freelander gets slightly revised styling, colours, trim and equipment.

The front of the car has been throughly Landroverised for the modern era and now features LED lights (what new luxury car doesn't?) and Land Rover's signature graphics in the running lights.  The grille is slightly shinier and the fog lamp surrounds have been updated.  An enhanced bodystyling pack and new 17-inch wheels have been added.

Inside, more revisions take place.  Most prominent is the 7-inch colour touch screen which sits in an update console and has rear view camera capability.  The audio system has been uprated and satellite navigation is an option.  The interior now has more storage compartments and the dashboard has been revised with a new screen which gives such information as temperature levels, Terrain Response mode and which gear you are in.

A passive start system replaces key dock and there's a new 'intelligent' electric parking brake which adjusts braking force according to the slope the car is parked on.  Given Land Rover's reliability record it will be interesting, in 15 years time, to see how easy this is to maintain and pass an MoT.

Land Rover have added three new colours to the range - Aintree Green (very evocative), Havana and Mauritius Blue.  They have also added two new trim levels - HSE Lux (luxurious) and Dynamic (Sporty).

Engine options remain unchanged.

Land Rover have yet to make an ugly car.  The Freelander is a handsome little thing and has been enhanced slightly by these revisions.  The rear of the car, in particular, is extremely well designed.  It looks finished - a trick some manufacturers have yet to pull off.  The overall shape, proportions and detailing are just right.

The new Freelander 2 will be unveiled at the Moscow International Motor Show on 29 August.