A computer-enhanced illustration based on spy shots of the next Land Rover Freelander suggest Landie’s littlest ute will look a lot like its more attractive big brother, the LR3, when it debuts later this year at the Paris Motor Show. The current Freelander’s sheetmetal is, well, a bit stale to put it nicely.

Tapping into the attractiveness of the LR3 should help revive sales of the one vehicle in LR’s lineup that’s not pulling its weight. Land Rover could only unload six (that’s not a typo) Freelanders in the month of February, down from 232 the prior year. (See official sales figures below}

And guess what will underpin the next Freelander – the C1 platform. That’s right, the same platform that supports the Mazda3 and Volvo S40 here in the States and the European Ford Focus across the Atlantic will show up again on our shores, but not beneath an all-new Focus… not just yet.



[Source: Ford/Land Rover]