Land Rover’s compact SUV has finally got a refresh after two years. Freelander 2, the compact SUV from Land Rover was introduced six years back. Over the past two years, it did not undergo any change and now, it has got a minor upgrade for select markets. Now, the 2013 model will be available in three colors namely Aintree Green, Havana and Mauritius Blue. Talking about the exteriors first, the Freelander 2, also known as LR2 in North America, gets the more contemporary-looking lights with LED technology on both ends and fog lights. The front grille has got a new finish. It has also got new allow wheel design and body styling package.
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All said about the exteriors, we move to the interiors of this compact SUV. The interiors have got a new 7-inch color touch-screen. This controls the navigation system and a premium Meridian audio system. The audio system comes with an option of either 380W or 825W. The terrain response dial has been replaced by the buttons. The refreshed version also gets a new electric parking brake. Such modifications has led to increase in space in the lower part of the centre console. Not, just all this, but the newer version also gets a new instrument cluster. It boasts of a 5-inch screen that gives primary vehicle-related information like temperature, fuel level, gear position and terrain response mode.
The existing key docking system has been replaced by something called as ‘Passive Start’. A rear view camera has been added. One of the other new features is the ‘Say What You See’ voice activation system. With this, the user can control functions in the audio, optional satellite navigation, climate and phone systems through his/her voice. The upgraded version has also got some modifications in the trim levels and the engine type depending upon where it will be sold.
For instance, in UK, the SUV will have a new flagship grade named HSE LUX. It would have Windsor leather seats, Grand Black Lacquer finisher, premium carpet mats and 19-inch Diamond Turned wheels. Engine options remain the same as before which is the choice between two diesel engines – the 2.2-litre 148 HP TD4 and 187 HP SD4 with four-wheel drive. In case of the USA, the existing engine, 3.2-litre six-cylinder gasoline, has been replaced by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four which is also seen in the Evoque and the Jaguar XF. The refreshed Freelander 2, will make an appearance at the Moscow International Motor Show this month.