The next-generation Land Rover Freelander has been caught testing for the first time. At a first look, it seems to be an XL version of the Range Rover Evoque , but actually it is a mule for the all new Land Rover Freelander.
Why are we so sure that this is not just another Evoque? Because this mule is a little bit different: the area around the fuel cap is a little bit different, front and the wheel arches are slightly changed.
Up to this point we have no idea what engines will be used in the next Freelander, but we are pretty certain that the new 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will still be offered.
The new Freelander 3 will be unveiled sometime in 2015 and hopefully we will soon see prototypes wearing the correct body. It has been rumored that the new Freelander 3 will come in three different body styles this time.
Just in time for the holidays, Land Rover has released a special edition version of the Freelander 2 , called the Black and White Edition. Makes for a nice holiday present, right?
Although there aren’t any performance enhancements, the Freelander 2 Black and White Edition differentiates itself to standard models of its kind through a list of aesthetic and aerodynamic enhancements, beginning with two color options that are based on the name it’s been given: Santorini Black or Fuji White.
Other enhancements include a gloss-black front grille, door handles and side vents. The SUV also has privacy glass, heated side-view mirrors, exclusive LED running lights and rides on a set of 17-inch split-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, the Freelander 2 Black and White Edition comes with Ebony black cloth upholstery, power windows, 60-40 folding rear seats, eight-speaker audio system, seven airbags and Bluetooth connectivity.
Whether you opt for the front-wheel-drive or the four-wheel drive variant, both versions come with a 2.2-liter diesel engine, although the former has a 2.2-liter eD4 whereas the latter has a 2.2-liter TD4 diesel. Both versions produce 148 horsepower. The both engines come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but you can opt for a six-speed automatic on the TD4 engine. The front-wheel-drive model squeezes out a respectable 47.1 miles per gallon and emits 158g/km of CO2. The four-wheel-drive model returns 45.6 miles per gallon and 165g/km of CO2.
All in all, Land Rover is building 600 units of the Freelander 2 Black and White Edition and have priced he eD4 model at £22,495 ($29,415) while the TD4 model retails for £23,495 ($30,700). We do not expect to see this model in the U.S., unfortunately.
It looks like Land Rover has big plans for the next eight years. Apparently, the company plans to unveil no less than 16 new models and we have the entire list of those models to share. This list comes courtesy of Autocar, who has featured the upcoming models divided into three categories: luxury (Range Rover ), leisure (Discovery /Freelander ), and utility (Defender ).
The first category includes most of the new models like the new Range Rover model and its Sport variant, the Evoque XL and an Evoque Cabrio version, and a new baby Evoque. For the second category, Land Rover plans to offer a new Discovery plus a Luxury version, a Freelander “Super” Seven-Seater and a “Super” Five-Seater, plus a new baby Freelander featuring the same size as the Evoque.
These vehicles all sound rather promising, but we’ll just have to wait and see if they all really debut as planned.
The second generationLand Rover Freelander has been unveiled in 2006 and now, for the 2013 model year the SUV has been updated in order to deliver better comfort, convenience and driving enjoyment. The company has updated both the car’s exterior look and the interior equipment levels, but also added new lightweight and efficient petrol engine.
For the exterior Land Rover has added new front and rear lights with the latest LED technology, a new signature graphic in the front running lights, but also a series of new exterior colors and a new set of wheels.
With the 2013 model year, the Freelander is adding a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine - replacing the old six-cylinder Si6 petrol - that delivers a total of 240 HP and a peak torque of 250 lbs-ft. For the diesel fans, Land Rover is also offering a choice of 2.2-litre TD4 with 150 HP and a SD4 with 190 HP.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Land Rover Freelander 2.
Customers in the UK now have another chance to drive a new special edition Land Rover Freelander with the Freelander 2 SD4 Sport Limited Edition. This special edition comes with a refreshed interior and exterior design with a Firenze Red that seems to be especially created for the women out there. Don’t worry guys, this special edition also comes in Fuji White and Santorini Black.
Next to these special exterior colors, the new Freelander 2 SD4 Sport Limited Edition features a black grille and side vents, a new body styling pack which offers cleaner profiling to the front corners, a new rear spoiler, and 19" Shadow Chrome alloy wheels.
For the interior, Land Rover is offering Ebony Windsor leather with contrast Pimento stitch, or Ebony Napoli leather with matching contrast Windsor leather highlight stripe on the seats.
With a total output of 190 hp, the new SD4 Sport limited edition sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds with an increased top speed of 118mph.
Land Rover is taking a bold step with this new LR2 /Freelander 2 . The new machine breaks away from the norm, as Land Rover will offer a front-wheel drive setup. That’s kind of like Porsche offering an SUV; it’s just plain wrong. The front-wheel drive setup will be the only option on this diesel model. Of course, we probably won’t even see it considering diesel models never make it to our shores.
We should see these new vehicles in the UK by the end of September packing a 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel with 150 horsepower. If you’re upset at the fact that the new Freelander will get front-wheel drive, take this fact in for a moment. With the diesel motor and a manual transmission, the Land Rover will be able to get 38 miles per gallon.
If you live in the United States and you want some of this front-wheel drive Land Rover action, then you’re going to have to wait for the Evoque .
The Land Rover will be offered with all-wheel drive as well, but at the penalty of around 5 mpg. There will also be a 190 horsepower petrol motor, but it will only be offered with an automatic.
On the outside, the LR2/Freelander 2 gets an overhaul in the looks department. There is a new bumper cap with redone fog lamps, a revised grille, and updated headlights and taillights. If you are having trouble noticing the changes, it’s not a big deal, we did too.
Inside, the Land Rover gets reworked gauges, seats, carpets, and storage. We were hoping for a bigger update than this, but it’s not bad.
After the Range Rover saw its opportunity for a facelift, the Freelander followed suit with a facelift of its own for the 2011 model year. The first image of the car has been revealed thanks to a leaked brochure.
The 2011 Freelander will feature a new front grille similar to the one from the Range Rover, new fog lamps, and new front air intakes. The rear of the vehicle also sees a few changes including a boot handle trim that now extends the full width of the car.
A few changes will also be made under the hood. The 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine will be upgraded and will get the brand’s popular start-stop system. Other rumors suggest that the 2011 LR2 will adopt the front-drive running gear of the Range Rover Evoque , as demand for 2wd SUVs has increased by 14 percent.
The official debut will be made in August at the Moscow Motor Show. Sales will begin in early 2011.
After the Range Rover RS600 was unveiled at the beginning of this year, Project Kahn has turned their attention once again to the Land Rover line-up. This time focusing on the Freelander model. The price for the complete Freelander RS200 is £29,995 which includes about £10,000 worth of Kahn upgrades according to the design house.
The package includes a matte black signature bonnet stripe, silver door handles, door mirror caps, front bumper vents, body colored style vents, side sill, front grille surround and smoked side repeaters. The exterior is rounded off with Kahn 20" RS wheels and tires
The interior will get decked out in black and white as well with a serious black leather interior with contrasting white stitching. Adding a little flair to the interior are the RS200 logo’s. The steering wheel has also received the white contrast stitching, but Kahn has also added red to the mix in the red and white speedometer and rev counters.
Land Rover U.K. has just added a new model to their Freelander 2 lineup of go anywhere compact SUVs with the Freelander 2 Sport version, a new model that will go on sale in January of 2010 priced at a very reasonable £26,695. The sportier special edition Freelander will be available in two different trim levels to suit a variety of consumer’s tastes and come in two distinct exterior colors: Santorini Black and Lago Grey.
The Freelander 2 Sport is a much more serious looking sport utility with a purpose built appearance and no time for nonsense. The new car is distinguished from ordinary Freelanders thanks to a set of limited edition diamond turned alloy wheels measuring 19 inches in diameter as well as color matching exterior trim that includes a sporty rear spoiler, door handles and mirror covers while the inside of the Freelander 2 Sport benefits from a unique two tone interior treatment. Overall the new Freelander 2 Sport is the perfect option for the new car shopper who is looking for a go anywhere compact SUV that is short on unnecessary accessories and a bit more aggressive appearance then the run of the mill Land Rover.
Land Rover U.K. likes to reward their compact crossover customers with limited edition variations of their entry level go anywhere do anything machine. The new White & Black Special Edition Freelander 2 models are being offered in either Alaska White or Santorini Black. No matter which you choose the interior is covered in fine Ebony cloth. Aside from the slim color selection, the White & Black Land Rover Freelander distinguishes itself from its more ordinary brethrens by privacy glass, a set of bold 17 inch alloys and a bespoke tonneau cover to keep peepers from peering in on what’s in the trunk. Sales will begin in January of 2010 starting at £19,495.