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2013-01-03 13:11

FREELANDER 2 GETS MODERN MAKEOVER: New exterior design, upgraded equipment and a new petrol engine all contribute to make the new Freelander 2 a great value SUV.

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2012 Land Rover Freelander 2

LONDON, England - Land Rover is gearing up to launch its new Freelander 2 in South Africa early in 2013. So what's so special about the new model?

The Freelander 2 sports a new design, including more contemporary LED front and rear lights incorporating and a new signature graphic in the running lights.

The model borrows the power plant from cousin Range Rover's Evoque. The lightweight Si4 GTDi produces more power than the outgoing Si6 yet is more economical and sees a 14% reduction in CO2 to 224g/km.

PREMIUM MAKEOVER

The six-cylinder Si6 petrol is replaced by the turbocharged Si4, four-cylinder engine.

John Edwards, Land Rover global brand director, said: “The Freelander 2’s equipment levels bring a more premium look and feel to the overall driving experience. In addition, our customers continue to benefit from our refined and economical range of diesel engines and can now opt for the powerful and highly efficient new Si4 GTDi petrol.”

New 17-inch alloy rims are available at entry-level with a body styling kit on SE models.

The Freelander 2 sees a spruced up interior with new equipment and "Dynamic" colour scheme. The new model has a revised centre console, 17cm colour touch-screen with enhanced audio systems. Satnav is available as an option.

Passive start replaces key dock and there’s a new electric parking brake which adjusts brake force according to the slope the vehicle is parked on.

The automaker's "Say What You See" voice activation system with visual prompts and rear view camera capability are new to the Freelander 2.

Edwards said: “It’s another step forward for the Freelander 2 where outstanding equipment levels, superb design, safety and all-terrain capability continue to set the standards in this class.”

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