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Land Rover Freelander

Mon, 26 Jun 2006

Land Rover has released pictures of the new Freelander (LR2), due to be launched at the British Motor Show in July. Harder edged than its predecessor, the chiselled exterior has simpler surfaces that update the same overall styling theme. The profile of the new car is more dynamic, borrowing cues from Range Rover Sport, though the stepped roofline has been diluted. Inside, the IP has become more car-like and less product-like, now growing vertically rather than horizontally, and accommodating a central screen.

Details include Gore-Tex lined lamp clusters for ventilation and weatherproofing, and a spare-wheel that is now sited under the rear overhang. Two new engines will join the range: a transverse 3.2-liter in-line six with 233PS, and a 2.2l diesel producing 160PS and 37.7mpg. Key dimensions of Freelander 2 are: length: 4500mm, width: 1910mm, height: 1740mm; any three-door version is as yet unannounced.