The Land Rover Freelander is a fairly neat shape, having evolved and matured during its lifetime rather than undergoing complete redesigns.
The latest round of revisions in 2011 brought a redesigned front bumper and the grille comes in different finishes depending on which engine is chosen. Other changes include a black surround for the rear lights, slightly larger door mirrors and a broader array of colours and design of alloy wheels.
The Land Rover badge is now rimmed in silver, rather than gold. It’s hardly noticeable. The rear lights are the most obvious features that mark out the latest Freelander. They have gained clear inner lenses and a black surround. The result looks, to our eyes at least, a touch brasher than its predecessor but nonetheless modern.
Previously, the grille sat further down the nose of the Freelander, but now it has been lifted to sit in line with the headlights, and the slightly odd incision above the number plate fills the gap that it leaves. Black B-pillars and D-pillars are traditional Freelander styling cues that have stayed for this facelift.
The design is beginning to look a little long in the tooth, although it still has huge appeal compared to the awkward looking Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Line it up next to the latest Range Rover or Evoque, however, and it's becoming increasingly clear that a new model, with a new look is needed.