Ahead of the new model's launch, Land Rover have announced changes to the Freelander range. With a new Land Rover Freelander on the way, Jaguar Land Rover hopes to keep consumers interested in the current one, with the launch of the Land Rover Freelander 2 Metropolis.
The new Freelander 2 Metropolis gains a long list of standard kit but is cheaper that the current top of the range model. The model uses the already generously equipped Land Rover Freelander HSE Lux as a base, adding electric front seats, a Windsor leather interior, touchscreen sat nav, a powerful 825W Meridian stereo, panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, luxury carpet mats and glossy black interior trim. Outside, the flagship gains unique 19 inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlights, a reversing camera and premium metallic paint.
The new Freelander 2 Metropolis, priced at around £35,995 in the UK, is just one of a number of changes to the range to take effect from June.
The company have given similar treatment to the GS and XS variants, replacing them with better specced models called the SE and SE Tech.
The SE is now the cheapest way to get the keys to a new Freelander, though it's spec list says otherwise. It adds to the old GS variant's equipment of heated leather seats, climate control, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors and power-folding door mirrors. For the new SE trim, the model gains a heated windscreen, front fog lights, armrests front and rear, 18 inch alloy wheels and colour-matched bumpers and sills.
Meanwhile, SE Tech trim which replaces the XS, gets a 380W Meridian audio system, sat nav, auto headlights and wipers, plus 19 inch alloy wheels.
As with the Freelander Metropolis, the new models represent decent savings over the old cars and are priced from £27,765, for the SE TD4 manual, to £32,270 for the SE Tech SD4 automatic.
Other changes pencilled in for June include the TD4 diesel engine being made available as a manual in SE and SE Tech, while the SD4 diesel will be offered as an automatic with any trim level.
The kit-laden Freelanders are a last hurrah for the current model, as Land Rover prepares to wave the Freelander name goodbye. From early 2015, it will be replaced in the Land Rover stable by the Discovery Sport. That car, which will take styling cues from the larger Discovery Vision concept car seen at the 2014 New York motor show, will swap the Freelander’s strict five-seater layout for a seven-seat configuration.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport will be publicly unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014, and commence UK sales in the early part of 2015.