Land Rover is busy readying a replacement model for the Freelander mid-size SUV; the test mules of which have been caught on camera for a long time now. This time, the car has been spotted on test on UK roads, a year ahead of its official launch.
The upcoming Freelander is based on the same platform that also underpins the Evoque. The former, however, will boast of a longer wheelbase. The car is perhaps the most revolutionary Freelander yet as it is destined to join the ‘Discovery’ range of models. As a matter of fact, Land Rover in fact will drop the ‘Freelander’ nameplate with the launch of this next-generation model.
For the first time in its history, the Freelander will be offered in both five and seven-seater configurations. When launched, the car will be sold with JLR’s new range of highly efficient ‘Hotfire’ four-cylinder engines.
Also expect the revolutionary 9-speed automatic gearbox to come in the next-gen Freelander. Standard all-wheel-drive models aside, there will also be a more efficient front-wheel-drive Freelander, which will be dramatically more efficient than the existing Freelander.