Launched: LR Freelander 2 MY 13
Locally-built 2013 version gets a set of exterior and interior updates
Only recently, we'd brought you news about Jaguar-Land Rover's plans to pump in more funds to aid the launch of 8 new/refreshed models this year, and it would be safe to say that it has fired its second salvo of the year with the launch of this: the Land Rover Freelander 2 MY 13.
So, what's new? On the outside, you'd be hard-pressed to tell the differences at a glance. The car gets Xenon headlamps with LED daytime-running lights (DRLs), slightly different tail-lamps, and new 17" alloys on the HSE version.
The interior is where the 2013 model sees major updates - the new car gets a completely new centre console with a 7" touchscreen that controls the newly-introduced satnav and the new Meridian audio system. It also doubles up as a display for the rear view camera, which is now available as standard equipment. The car also gets a "Start-Stop" button instead of the erstwhile key dock, electrically-adjustable front seats and armrests, and is equipped with an electric parking brake too. Technically, the car stays the same.
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."
The MY 13 Freelander 2 retails at Rs 38.67 lakh for the base 150PS TD4 SE version, and Rs 43.92 lakh for the 190PS TD4 HSE trim (all prices ex-showroom, Mumbai).