First Drive

2013 Land Rover Freelander 2 review, test drive

The Freelander 2 gets a mid-cycle update, we take it for a quick spin.

DETAILS
4
photos

This is the Land Rover Freelander 2, the one they will introduce in India in March 2013. Because this is a mid-life update, Land Rover has, predictably, chosen to give it subtle updates that make the car look and feel fresher, rather than go in for expensive sheet metal changes. 

To that extent, there's new equipment, a restrained rework of the interiors and the mildest of facelifts. 
 
To get into the details, the exterior changes are limited to headlamps that get LED daytime running lamps, tail lamps that get Land Rover's twin-circular theme, there are new alloy wheels and three new colours. 
 
On the inside, Land Rover has uncluttered the dashboard with fewer switches, a tidied up dashboard and an electric emergency brake. Oh, and the rotary dial for the terrain response system has been replaced by an Evoque style switch.  There's also a new feature on the reverse camera that makes it easier to hitch a trailer onto the tow hook, and there's keyless go as well.
 
There are no mechanical changes apart from a new structural undertray that strengthens the chassis. North America gets a new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, but this won’t be offered in India. We get the same engines as before -- a 2.2-litre common-rail turbo diesel that makes 148bhp or 187bhp depending on which version you order. As before, both versions will come with a six-speed automatic transmission.
 
So, in the end, what you get with the Freelander is a car that, atleast in 187bhp trim has adequate grunt and one that is reasonably refined as well. It may not be the class leader when it comes to handling, but the Freelander has other strengths -- namely it's ride and it's off-road prowess. It is the best in class on the latter. In typical Land Rover fashion, it's easy to drive thanks to its high seats and low window line.
 
The Freelander is the best -selling Land Rover in India, but it isn't the class leader. This facelift and nip-and-tuck definitely go some way towards that. Expect the facelifted Freelander to cost marginally more than the current price when it gets to Indian showrooms.
  

Fact File

Engine

Fuel Diesel
Type 4 cyls, 2179cc, turbodiesel
Power 187bhp at 3500rpm
Torque 42.8kgm at 1750rpm

Transmission

Gearbox 6-speed auto

Dimensions

Length 4500mm
Width 2660mm
Height 1740mm

Chassis & Body

Weight 1805kg

notSet

The Chevrolet Trailblazer, new Skoda Superb and Tata Hexa are the stars of our 16th Anniversary issue. And that, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg. Read on.
What's in this issue?

Most Read
Find a car review

Latest Car Reviews

New BMW 7-series review, test drive

New BMW 7-series review, test drive

8 hours ago
The sixth-gen BMW 7-series is lighter than before and gets lots of new tech....
Range Rover LWB review, test drive

Range Rover LWB review, test drive

4 days ago
The Range Rover LWB is one of the largest, plushest and most spacious cars...
Maruti Ciaz long term review, second report

Maruti Ciaz long term review, second report

Aug 28, 2015
Our longtermer handles the concrete jungle with aplomb.
2015 Audi A6 Matrix 35 TDI review, test drive

2015 Audi A6 Matrix 35 TDI review, test drive

Aug 26, 2015
This facelift trims the Audi A6 range down to just one variant, but you can...
Maruti Ciaz SHVS diesel hybrid review, test drive

Maruti Ciaz SHVS diesel hybrid review, test drive

Aug 25, 2015
The Maruti Ciaz becomes even more frugal, thanks to the clever fuel-saving...
Latest News
Italian GP: Hamilton edges Rosberg at Monza
Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen ended up third and sixth, split by the...
1 hour ago   1 picture
Fiat Chrysler Automotive seeks merger with GM
FCA boss feels a merger could lead to cataclysmic changes in performance; GM...
5 hours ago   1 picture
Carmakers post moderate sales for August
Hyundai records growth of 20 percent, followed by Maruti at 8.6 percent;...
5 hours ago   1 picture
Honda Amaze, Mobilio Celebration Edition launched
The special-edition models get premium upholstery on the inside and body...
6 hours ago   1 picture
Ford Fiesta, Classic and Figo discontinued
The Figo will be replaced by the upcoming new Figo, and the recently...
6 hours ago   3 pictures

Autocar Magazine

Issue: 193 | Autocar India: September 2015

The Chevrolet Trailblazer, new Skoda Superb and Tata Hexa are the stars of our 16th Anniversary issue. And that, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg. Read on.
Autocar Magazine