UK carmaker Land Rover has unveiled the refreshed Freelander after the 2010 facelift. It features xenon LED headlights and taillights, while the front lamps now have a different graphic. LR used a bright chrome trim for decorating the fog lights and the front grille, while for the new model year customers are able to order the updated Freelander with one of the three new colors: Aintree Green, Mauritius Blue and Havana. Inside the cabin it comes with an entirely new center console that replaces the numerous buttons found on the outgoing model. The manual handbrake has also been removed and replaced with the electronic parking brake, while the previous Terrain Response dial is gone in favor for buttons found behind the gearlever.
The Land Rover Freelander also gains new technologies in the form of keyless start, a voice activation system (called “Say What You See”) and a rear-view camera. The Meridian sound system found at first only on the Evoque is now available in two configurations: 380W 11-speakers and 825W 17-speakers. The standard Freelander comes equipped with an 80W 8-speaker audio system.
The entry-level S model comes with cloth seats, followed by GS with full leather upholstery and the XS which is equipped with the 380W Meridian sound system we’ve mentioned. Also available is the Dynamic model that has a different body kit, new 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels and three interior colors to choose from.
Land Rover hasn’t made any changes to the engine lineup so the Freelander is offered with the same three 4-cylinder 2.2-liter turbodiesels: TD4 (148 hp), SD4 (187 hp) and the manual 2WD only eD4 (148 hp). The most frugal engine is the eD4 which returns 47.1 mpg UK and has CO2 emissions of only 158 g/km.
LR did not reveal the full pricing information, but the base model has a starting price of 23,700 pounds, making it 1,000 pricier than the outgoing model. The updated Freelander is scheduled to hit the UK market this October.