Today I drove 220 miles in LRO’s Freelander 1, and you know what? Nothing happened! Even the infinite-car-park-from-hell (or ‘the M25’ as it is otherwise known) failed to overheat the Freelander’s 1.8-litre petrol engine, so my faith in the little soldier is building again. They’re quite a tempting used buy (here’s a smart red commercial Freelander for sale for under a grand, along with 750 other Freelanders for sale on LRO.com) but buy wisely, as there are a few major problems you need to know about first. Check out the LRO Buying Guides for professional advice.
Hard to believe that it’s now seven years since the LRX concept (that went on to become the Range Rover Evoque) was first unveiled in 2008. I remember seeing that uber-sleek white LRX at an event at Gaydon in 2009, when its instrument cluster was suffering some sort of software malfunction and flickering a Microsoft error message… upside down, I seem to recall...
Now in its fourth year of production, the Evoque is due a refresh, which explains why development mules have been appearing on the roads around Gaydon. Expect updated styling and all-new Ingenium engines under the bonnet. Click here for the lowdown from LRO Editor Mike Goodbun.
Dep Ed Neil ‘Watty’ Watterson bounced back from his latest greenlane outing a few days ago. His greenlaning features include OS maps and photos that show you how to follow in his tracks, and appear in every issue of LRO. In the latest March 2015 issue, North Devon.
Readers' Russian Recces
Talking of the current issue, check out the awesome Russian travel story on page 100. Six Finnish LRO readers, two Series Land Rovers, one Defender 110, and some proper middle-of-nowhere off-roading! Like.