The Moscow Motor Show is an annual event since its inauguration in 1992 and, since 2008, has been held at the Crocus Expo in the Russian capital. This year, it is where JLR unveiled the revised Freelander 2 where John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director was able to say, '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. 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.'
Jeremy Hicks, Land Rover UK Managing Director said, 'In bringing the Freelander 2 right up-to-date, customers are now afforded more choice than ever before combined with new levels of luxury and technology. Fresh styling, generous amounts of standard equipment combined with Land Rover’s leading off-road capabilities, make the Freelander a seriously compelling customer proposition.'
Land Rover has given the Freelander 2 an overhaul, delivering better comfort, convenience and driving enjoyment; new derivatives, colours, exterior design features, upgraded equipment levels and a continued choice of refined and economical diesel engines, all contribute to make this SUV better. Three new colours are added to the Freelander range, Aintree Green, Havana and Mauritius Blue and a new 17-inch alloy wheel design becomes available as standard on the XS derivative. There are new interior equipment levels including three new colour ways as part of a ‘Dynamic’ derivative, brand new centre console, seven-inch colour touch-screen with enhanced audio systems from Meridian and optional satellite navigation. Passive start replaces key dock and there’s a new ‘intelligent’ electric parking brake which adjusts brake force according to the slope the vehicle is parked on. ‘Say What You See’ - a voice activation system with visual prompts, and rear view camera capability are also both new to the Freelander 2. Various exterior design details have been revamped for an integrated and co-ordinated appearance, including more contemporary lights front and rear using the latest LED technology and a new signature graphic in the front running lights. The grille and fog lamp bezels now sport a bright finish and there are paint detailing changes to the front grille surround, insert bars and fender vent to harmonise the different elements. The XS model gains all-new 17-inch alloy wheels and an enhanced bodystyling pack. Freelander buyers can continue to choose from two outstanding and highly refined diesel engines, the 2.2-litre 150PS TD4 and 190PS SD4 with four-wheel drive. For extra economy, the 2.2-litre 150PS engine is also available in eD4 two-wheel drive form. Equipped with six-speed manual transmission and Stop/Start, the eD4 achieves an impressive 47.1mpg (6.0 L/100km) and CO2 emissions of 158g/km.
All Freelanders are equipped with Land Rover’s Intelligent Power System Management (IPSM) which includes Smart Regenerative Charging. This feature ensures that, where possible, the alternator only charges the battery as the vehicle is decelerating, recovering kinetic energy rather than consuming fuel. IPSM was designed as part of Land Rover’s e_Terrain Technologies programme which aims to continually improve engineering efficiency in every Land Rover. Four-wheel-drive models (TD4 and SD4) are all equipped with the same, class leading, intelligent four-wheel drive system as before. The system responds to changes in grip in 150 milliseconds to adjust torque between front and rear axles. Terrain Response optimises the electronic systems for conditions and there are four settings, General Driving, Grass-Gravel-Snow, Mud and Ruts and Sand. Gradient Release control ensures smooth hill starts both ascending and descending for absolute safety and driver confidence on any surface. The new features are underpinned by the fact that the Freelander scores 5 stars in the coveted Euro NCAP for occupant safety. As the most capable SUV in its class, the Freelander 2 offers the durability and sure-footed all-terrain breadth of capability both on and off-road that only a Land Rover can provide.
The entry level model is the Freelander S with cloth seats as standard. The GS comes with full-leather whilst the XS has been enhanced with distinguishing detail features such as a gloss black grille surround and the 380W Meridian sound system. The Dynamic version has a full bodystyling kit, and a gloss black finish to fender vents, grille bars and grille surround, complemented on the interior with three colourway choices of sport-themed electric leather seats. New and unique to the Dynamic in the UK are 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with a painted finish. The HSE is enhanced with wood interior trim and features a wide range of standard equipment including: panoramic sunroof, memory function for the driver’s seat and door mirrors and the 825W Meridian surround sound audio system. Top of the range is the new HSE LUX which adds that extra special touch with Windsor leather seats, Grand Black Lacquer finisher, premium carpet mats and 19-inch Diamond Turned Wheels.