Yes, the sleek wannabe-coupeRange Rover Evoque may be stealing all the headlines for Land Rover at the moment, but theFreelanderremains the core entry-level model in the Land Rover range.
For the 2013 model year, Land Rover is givingthe car an exterior freshen-up, a more upmarket interior, and new trim options.
Outside changes are fairly limited – even for a facelift. There are some new colours in the range and the XS model (which we don’t get in SA yet) has some new 17-inch rims. You may also notice the LED lights on the front and rear and then the front grille and foglight surrounds have been modified.
The interior has seen a far more comprehensive overhaul. Despite this only being a mid-life facelift, Land Rover has treated the Freelander to an all-new centre console, ditching the Terrain Response dial for a more space-efficient button arrangement. New ‘Dynamic’ models come in a choice of three upholstery colours all with natty co-ordinated stitching, and there’s a 5in central display screen.
The infotainment centre has been upgraded as well. An upgraded sat-nav system, voice-controland reversing camera are all now available.
When reversing the camera screen will display a superimposed towbar to help when hooking up a trailer.
Entry into Freelander ownership starts with the S, and its cloth seats. Upgrading to GS trim gets you full leather, while XS cars enjoy a gloss black grille and 380w Meridian premiumhi-fi system. For a sportier look, the new Freelander Dynamic gets a bodystyling kit, gloss black exterior trim and more sporting, electric seats. Plus, you’ll ride on 19-inch wheels, exclusive to the Dynamic.
Plump for a Freelander HSE and the interior is adorned with wood trim, plus a panoramic sunroof, memory function seats and 825w Meridian hi-fi. And, at the very top of the range, we find the Freelander HSE Lux, now complete with premium leather seats, black laquered trim, better carpets and unique 19-inch wheels.
No prices have yet been announced for the new 2013 model year Land Rover Freelander, which keeps the same range of 2.2-litre turbodiesel engines, good for up to 5.9l/100km and 158g/km in six-speed manual, front-wheel drive form.If you happen to be popping over to Russia next week, see it for yourself at the Moscow motor show from 29 August 2012.