The 2013 model year revisions, shown here at the Moscow motor show today, are aimed a pushing the Freelander range upmarket
22 August 2012

The Land Rover Freelander has been given a premium push as part of a whole host of revisions for 2013.

Most of the changes to the revised Freelander, seen in public for the first time at today's Moscow motor show, centre on making the cabin more luxurious.

The subtle exterior tweaks from before include new front and rear lights that feature the latest in Xenon LED technology. There’s also a new graphic for the front running lights, and a new finish to the front grille and fog lamp bezels among other minor details changes.

But the real revisions how come inside, where Land Rover has given the Freelander a Range Rover Evoque-style push upmarket.

The chief addition is an all-new centre console. This houses a new 7in touchscreen that controls many of the interior’s functions, including the optional sat-nav and the audio controls for a new audio system from Jaguar Land Rover’s recently appointed audio partner, Meridian.

Another change is the series of switches to replace the dial of the Terrain Response system behind the gear lever, a move that also frees up additional storage space. Additional room is made available with the adoption of a new electric parking brake.

Elsewhere, there is a new 5in colour screen that sits between the instrument dials in the instrument binnacle. The docking station for the key has been replaced by a keyless go system, which allows the engine to be started so long as the key is present in the car.

Equipment additions include a rear view camera and a ‘Say What You See’ voice activation system that allows the user to control certain audio, sat-nav, climate control and phone functions using their voice.

Two new trim levels are added to the Freelander line-up to join the existing S, GS, XS and HSE models. Jo Slater, Land Rover’s colour and materials manager, said the new Dynamic trim is inspired by the success of the trim of the same name available on the Evoque, and includes painted 19in 10-spoke alloy wheels, a bodykit and gloss black trim for exterior detailing.

“We wanted to bring some sporty character back to the Freelander,” Slater told Autocar, “the first model had sporty cues and the success of Dynamic in the Evoque inspired us to make those options available to Freelander buyers.”

A new HSE LUX model is the new range-topper and the most premium version of the Freelander yet seen. This gets a luxurious interior including Windsor leather seats, ‘premium’ carpet mats, a ‘Grand Black Lacquer’ finish to the interior, special 19in diamond-turned alloys and the top-of-the-range 825W 17-speaker Meridian audio system.

The Freelander’s engine range carries over unchanged from before, meaning 2.2-litre turbodiesel is offered with 148bhp or 187bhp. The lower-powered version is offered with front-wheel drive.

It is available to order now with deliveries scheduled for October. Prices now start from £23,700, an increase of £1000 over the pre-facelift car.

Our Verdict

The Land Rover Freelander is classy and comfortable, but potentially pricey

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23 August 2012

No no no, why is it yet again that there's a push upmarket? I thought LR (as the brand) was looking to be more utility and letting RR become the premium luxury product. I'm a big fan of the Freelander and Discovery but find myself becoming less inclined by either with each facelift/revision. Keep LR utility and workman like, and for goodness sake junk the bleeding electric handbrake!!!!!!

23 August 2012

spike197 wrote:

No no no, why is it yet again that there's a push upmarket? I thought LR (as the brand) was looking to be more utility and letting RR become the premium luxury product. I'm a big fan of the Freelander and Discovery but find myself becoming less inclined by either with each facelift/revision. Keep LR utility and workman like, and for goodness sake junk the bleeding electric handbrake!!!!!!

23 August 2012

spike197 wrote:

Keep LR utility and workman like, and for goodness sake junk the bleeding electric handbrake!!!!!!

I don't see the problem with them. I'm a convert having thought them pointless before, but now I wonder what's the point in hauling on a lever to pull a cable that stretches and needs occasional adjustment as it gets older. No battling with a ratchet to take the handbrake off for my wife after I've applied it too "firmly". My only gripe with them is that the bottons should be  a bit closer to hand rather than behind you where they are normally sited.

I've had an Auto and Manual car with them, and both worked fine for hill starts, etc.

23 August 2012

spike197 wrote:

No no no, why is it yet again that there's a push upmarket? I thought LR (as the brand) was looking to be more utility and letting RR become the premium luxury product. I'm a big fan of the Freelander and Discovery but find myself becoming less inclined by either with each facelift/revision. Keep LR utility and workman like, and for goodness sake junk the bleeding electric handbrake!!!!!!

Just wanted to repeat this as I agree 100%. I was pleased that they split the brand so Land Rover could concentrate on the utility products they have neglected for so long.

The first job they need to do is to get rid of the Range Rover style grilles and replace them with something more industrial. The grille ironically of the original 1970's Range Rover might be a source of inspiration...

I was rather hoping that the Freelander would actually be killed off anyway and replaced with versions of the Defender and a more rugged new Discovery. Hopefully this is justa stopgap until the XL version of the Evoque arrives. Would also love to see something along the lines of the Dacia Duster i.e. rugged but relatively small and reasonably cheap. A car like that could be a big seller in markets such as India, Brazil and China.

23 August 2012

Because its a business, and they need to make more money to develop new technology. And if you want utility, go buy a pick-up truck or jeep wrangler etc. LR is a premium brand. Maybe you dont like that but they sell every car they build......do Jeep?

23 August 2012

It's just picture of the old one isn't it?

Yet another excuse for LR to raise the price of one of its models

23 August 2012

This car, even with the updates just looks very old on the outside. However, I fear it's aged better than the Evoque will.

IAD

23 August 2012

I thought they had Range Rover for that particular market?  Anyway not as good looking as the Disco or Evoque but better then the next generation Range Rover.

IAD

23 August 2012

IAD wrote:

I thought they had Range Rover for that particular market?  Anyway not as good looking as the Disco or Evoque but better then the next generation Range Rover.

Sorry. I meant the pre-facelift Disco. Not the current one with the chicken wire front grill

29 August 2012

IAD wrote:

I thought they had Range Rover for that particular market?  Anyway not as good looking as the Disco or Evoque but better then the next generation Range Rover.

 

I think the next generation Range Rover looks attractive. Why would they move too far from the classic design? The wrap around headlamps and tail lights blend well.

This car will sell well along with the LWB model.

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