2007 Land Rover Freelander
From England we cat this illustration revealing what the next, all new, Freelander might look like.
I think this might pretty close to the real thing. Land Rover people say the Freelander won’t be as stylish as the new LR3.
Whatever that means.
It is based on the new European Focus platform which is also used by the Mazda 3 and the Volvo S40. The next Volvo S60 will also use a version of that platform.
Only 40% of the platform is actually shared between the various brands.
Engines in Europe will be new as well. But the US version will use a Ford V6. Not sure which one yet, but the 3.0 Liter seems to be the obvious choice ( they use it in everything) . Unless they squeeze the new 3.5 Liter in there. It should be ready by the time the Freelander comes out. In the fall of 2006.
It will also be built in a Jaguar factory.
Jags are now actually known for their good realiability. Much better than the current Freelander. And even better than BMW and Mercedes.
All this is good news for the small Land Rover. A car based platform and more reliable…
I actually really liked the look of the “facelifted” one that came out with a new front end and revised interior a couple of years ago. I’m not sure why they are so rare in the (SUV country) US…