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 Oh, and the rotary dial for the terrain response system has been replaced by an Evoque style switch.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

2013 Land Rover Freelander 2 review, test drive

notSet

Crossovers, SUVs, supercars and compact sedans: there’s something for everyone in our May 2014 issue.
What's in this issue?

Most Read
Find a car review

Latest Car Reviews

SsangYong Rexton RX6 review, test drive

SsangYong Rexton RX6 review, test drive

4 days ago
The new, mid-level RX6 variant of the Rexton gets all the features of the...
New Tata Aria review, test drive

New Tata Aria review, test drive

Apr 11, 2014
Tata Aria gets its first facelift since launch. Other than subtle cosmetic...
Jaguar XF 2.0-litre petrol review, test drive

Jaguar XF 2.0-litre petrol review, test drive

Apr 10, 2014
Jaguar XF 2.0 petrol sedan is the carmaker's most affordable petrol car...
New Toyota Corolla Altis review, test drive

New Toyota Corolla Altis review, test drive

Apr 10, 2014
Toyota says the new Corolla will appeal to the heart and head. It certainly...
Renault Koleos automatic facelift review, test drive

Renault Koleos automatic facelift review, test drive

Apr 7, 2014
The automatic avatar of Renault's premium SUV drives quite differently from...
Latest News
New Volkswagen Jetta sedan coming early 2015
Volkswagen Jetta sedan to get a substantial styling update; Will hit...
7 hours ago   3 pictures
Beijing 2014: LWB Range Rover Hybrid launched
The long-wheel based Range Rover will be the first diesel-electric hybrid to...
11 hours ago   1 picture
Toyota Yaris facelift revealed
Updated Toyota Yaris, which will adopt some design themes set out by the new...
16 hours ago   1 picture
Beijing 2014: Porsche Macan gets 2.0-litre four cylinder engine
The Porsche Macan will soon come with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol...
19 hours ago   4 pictures
Emphasis on alternative fuel vehicles at Paris 2014
Special track outside the venue will allow visitors to test drive some of...
20 hours ago   1 picture

Autocar Magazine

Issue: 177 | May 2014

Crossovers, SUVs, supercars and compact sedans: there’s something for everyone in our May 2014 issue.
Autocar Magazine
Latest Poll
Which hatchback would you choose out of these two?


or View results
Datsun Go
  56%
 
Maruti Wagon R
  44%
TOTAL VOTES: 1971

Vote now
View previous Polls »