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Land Rover readies next Freelander

2006-03-17 08:05

New Freelander to on track for unveiling at Paris (Artist's impression)

The newcomer will be a much more sophisticated car than before and with the all-new Freelander, Land Rover is taking aim at SUVs such as the BMW X3.

Not only is it longer, wider and taller than the current model but insiders say that it will feature better ground clearance too.

The Freelander sits on a stretched version of Ford's C1 platform, which is used for the Focus, Mazda3 and Volvo S40. Volvo's upcoming baby softroader, the XC50, will also feature these underpinnings.

It also seems as if the XC50 and Freelander will share their engine range, which will include Volvo-supplied 2.8 and 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol units. The vehicle will be available with a 2.3-litre turbodiesel too.

Land Rover is also ensuring that the Freelander won't be just another softroader and it will be more than capable off-road too.

Despite the fact that it won't feature low-range it will have a selectable part-time four-wheel-drive system and electronic aids such as Hill Descent Control.

Our photo of the interior shows an upgraded interior with better fit and finish than before.

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