Right now I’m with the current model Freelander 2; however there’s an updated version on the way and it’s looking pretty good.
On the motorvation side, the car will get a 177kW 2.0L petrol direct injection powerplant (177kW? WOW!) with a pretty decent 340Nm of torque and will remain virtually unchanged from its donor vehicle, the beautiful Range Rover Evoque. The interior will get a polish; the centre console will be new and the touch screen is up to seven inches (optional). The audio moves from Alpine to optioning the respected and renowned British company, Meridian, with two choices: 11 speakers and 380W or 17 speakers punching out 825W (the entry level stays with a five inch screen and 80W sound) while the Terrain Response dial gets changed to switches plus there’s a bit of extra storage. There’s wood trim on the top range HSE plus grained leather trim.
Ignition wise, the insert key system (gadgety in the current model, bluntly) becomes a keyless start, a rear camera comes on board and the navigation system gets a quicker hard drive enabling quicker response times. The hard drive will store up to 10 CDs worth of music, compatible with the Gracenote system. The screen will also superimpose a graphic, called Hitch Assist, of the towbar. A nifty safety touch comes with a new electric parking brake that will only be enabled if the driver’s seat is occupied plus adjusts brake forces depending on the angle of the slope the car may be on.
A voice activation system, “Say What You See”, comes into play, prompting the driver visually in order to control items such as the audio, navigation and even climate control systems.
The exterior gets a tickle, with LED lights refreshing the lamps front and back, adding a sportier look while there’s paint and trim changes to the surrounds, enhancing the already purposeful look.
When it comes to on-road handling dynamics, the Freelander 2 is top tier, thanks partly to the outstanding body stiffness. A structural undertray on the front subframe contributes to this, increasing steering precision, while the Freelander 2’s four-point engine mounting aids engine stability and increases driving refinement. A full range of stability systems provide a further safety net for the occupants including, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Engine Drag Control.
Naturally, the Freelander 2 earns a 5 star Euro NCAP award for outstanding adult occupant protection, with seven airbags in total, including two curtain, two front, two thorax and a driver’s knee bag.
Looking forward to it!!!