Land Rover has launched the 2013 Freelander 2 in India. The updated Freelander gets a host of changes, increasing the appeal of the British car maker’s entry-level SUV. Land Rover has being manufacturing the Freelander 2 SUV from its Pune facility since May 2011. The locally assembled model has been provided with a superior stylish package which includes both the interiors and exteriors. Comfort, convenience and driving enjoyment are the three main factors taken into consideration while incorporating new features to this vehicle.
The 2013 Land Rover Freelander 2 gets minor updates to the exteriors, which includes revamped lights, new 17-inch alloy wheels, new detailing on the grille, bars and fender vent. The company has added two new colors to the Freelander, namely Havana and Aintree Green. However the main changes are on the inside of the vehicle.
Land Rover has increased the amount of equipment on the Freelander 2. The SUV now comes with a new centre console, where the Terrarin Response dial has been replaced by switches. The instrument cluster is new with a 5-inch screen which displays various vehicle information. Intelligent electric parking brake has been added which ensures optimum cooling of the brakes. The interior has increased storage space too. A passive start system replaces the key resulting in keyless start/stop as long as the occupants have the key on them.
Rohit Suri, Vice President, Jaguar Land Rover India said, “The Freelander 2 has proved to be extremely popular with Indian customers and this new model brings a more premium look and feel to the overall driving experience. This is another step forward for the Freelander 2, where outstanding standard equipment levels, superb design, safety and all-terrain capability continue to set the standards in this class.”
Other new features on the 2013 Land Rover Freelander 2 include Xenon headlamps, daytime running lights and electrically adjustable front seats and arm rests. Land Rover offers two variants of the Freelander 2 in India both powered by a 2.2-litre TD4 diesel engine. The base SE variant outputs 150 PS of power and is priced at Rs. 38.67 lakhs, while the top end HSE variant produces 190 PS of power and is priced at Rs. 43.92 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom, Mumbai).
Both engines churn out an impressive 420 Nm of torque at 1750 RPM and are mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Land Rover’s full time 4-wheel drive system is standard on both the Freelander trims. 2013 Freelander 2 will be available in two variants in India, both with diesel engine options. The Freelander 2 TD4 SE 150 PS variant is priced at Rs 38.67 lakhs and the SD4 HSE 190 PS variant is priced at Rs 43.92 lakhs. The 150 PS Freelander reaches 100 km/hr in 11.2 seconds and has a top speed of 181 km/hr, while the 190 PS version sprints to 100 km/hr in 9.5 seconds and has a top speed of 190 km/hr. Land Rover locally assembles the Freelander 2 in Pune through CKD kits.
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