Land Rover branded the relinquishing model Freelander with their zenith trim: Metropolis. The new top-of-the-line trim upgrades the Freelander with many distinctive features, including a longer equipment list and some visual updates. This is the final makeover from the British manufacturer before the model goes out of production to make space for all-new Discovery Sport.
The Metropolis version is built around the previous flagship model Freelander HSE LUX, but features all bells and whistles that anyone can expect from a luxury sport utility vehicle .
Land Rover will reveal the Freelander Metropolis on the 9th of June at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and will carry a premium price tag.
Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Freelander Metropolis.
From the outside, the Freelander Metropolis looks glamorous with the panoramic sunroof and 19-inch diamond-turned alloy wheels. Apart from these two additions, there are no other changes. The front looks muscular with strong lines crossing the width of the car. High-intensity Xenon lamps are placed on either side of the grille, while the round fog lamps sit just below them.
Freelander Metropolis - Exterior Dimensions
|Length||4,500 MM (177.2 In.)|
|Width||2,195 MM (86.4 In.)|
|Height||1,740 MM (68.5 In.)|
|Wheelbase||2,660 MM (104.7 In.)|
The already long equipment of the Freelander list now gets electrically adjustable front seats wrapped in premium Windsor leather in its Metropolis trim. The center console gets a touchscreen, which features satellite navigation. Sound is played through 825-watt Meridian surround sound system.
Land Rover increased the interior comfort level with the heated steering wheel and seats. The floor gains luxurious carpeted floor mats, and a reversing camera helps you back up with ease. The interior has been neatly painted with premium metallic and gloss black color adding to the super-exotic features.
Land Rover has installed only one type of the engine in the Freelander Metropolis. This 2.2-liter SD4, inline four-cylinder engine produces 188 horsepower and 420 Nm (310 pound-feet) of torque at 1,750 rpm. The engine mates to a six-speed automatic transmission. This combo allows the SUV to reach a maximum speed of 190 km/h (118 mph). The Freelander Metropolis can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.5 seconds.
2014 Land Rover Freelander Metropolis - Drivetrain Specifications
|Engine||2.2-Liter SD4, Four-Cylinder|
|Output (HP @ RPM)||188 @ TBA|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||310 @ 1,750|
|Top Speed||118 MPh|
|Acceleration (0-62 MPH)||9.5 Sec.|
The range-topping Metropolis will come with a sticker price of £35,995 ($60,453 at the current exchange rates) and is dubbed as one of the costliest and most-luxurious Freelanders ever.
The Metropolis edition comes with the features with no other vehicle in the segment can match. Audi Q5 comes closest to the Freelander Metropolis.
Audi Q5 is one the best-seller in the segment forming the middle bridge of the Q-series between the Q3 and Q7. The Q5 looks smart and elegant and the most powerful model is carries a 3.0-liter TDI engine with maximum power output of 245 horsepower.
In the UK, the base Q4 3.0 TDI runs £33,210 ($55,776).
Gallery Audi Q5
This is a good way for Land Rover to pay respect to an outgoing model, and with all the extra features and super-luxurious interiors, the Freelander Metropolis is worth the price tag it comes with. The premium SUV shows no sign of substandard work.
- Exotic styling
- Long equipment list
- Powerful engine
- No major update
- Mechanically same
Gallery Land Rover Freelander Metropolis
The Land Rover Freelander is undergoing a comprehensive upgrade this summer, reinforcing the appeal of a model that is still growing in popularity. Capitalising on increasing demand for the compact SUV, new equipment specifications are being introduced that offer customers both extra features and even greater value for money.
The new range, on sale from early June, will feature a new three-grade line-up, headed by the Metropolis edition, replacing the HSE as the most luxurious and desirable Freelander yet.
Building on Freelander’s customer appeal including versatility and Land Rover’s legendary capability from the existing HSE LUX model, the Metropolis benefits from a wealth of sophisticated standard features to increase style, add functionality and make life on board even more comfortable.
They include electrically adjustable (eight-way for driver, six-way for passenger) front seats upholstered in premium Windsor leather; touchscreen-controlled satellite navigation, an 825W meridian surround sound system, panoramic sunroof and 19-inch diamond-turned wheels. The manifest also extends to Xenon headlights with Land Rover’s signature LED daytime running lights, heated steering wheel, luxury carpet mats, a reversing camera, premium metallic paint and gloss black interior detailing.
Metropolis is joined in the range by the new SE and SE Tech models which respectively replace the GS and XS designations. SE grade, the new entry point to Freelander, builds on the established GS specification with the addition of a heated windscreen, front fog lights, front and rear centre armrests, 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels and the Design Pack combination of colour-matched bumpers and sills. This is all provided in addition to heated leather seats, climate control, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors and heater, power-folding door mirrors.
Going even further, the new SE Tech models add a more powerful, 380W Meridian audio system, touchscreen-controlled navigation, automatic headlights and wipers and 19-inch 10-spoke alloys.
Freelander’s powertrain options have also been rationalised to offer the TD4 engine with manual transmission in SE and SE Tech versions and the SD4 unit with automatic gearbox across the complete range.