• Jun 21st 2006 at 7:06AM
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Official pics of the next Land Rover Freelander are out and we have to say, color us impressed. The Freelander takes styling cues from all over Land Rover's lineup, including LR3-type headlights and a Range Rover-esque vent right behind the rear wheels. The whole vehicle just looks more substantial than the current model, which couldn't hold a candle to a Ford Escape let alone a BMW X3.

The new Freelander grows in length by two inches, which frees up more room inside the cabin as well as under the hood. The new motor under that flat hood will be a 3.2L V6 that produces 230 horsepower. A 2.2L turbo-diesel will also be available for Europe that produces around 160 horsepower. A six-speed manual or automatic can be ordered along with the company's lauded Terrain Response system.

Pricing has not been announced, nor where and when the model will publicly debut, although the timing of these pictures suggests next month at the British Motor Show.

More pics after the jump...

[Source: eurocarblog]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Does it have a V6 or I6? I thought it was getting the PAG I6?
      • 9 Years Ago
      As a Freelander owner, I always thought the problem was the lack of an up-scale interior (at least the appearance of one). Based on the photos, they still don't have an up-scale interior. The instrument cluster numbers are too small and not visually appealing. Where did the spare tire go? Is it full or partial size? What I'd really like is the diesel engine here in the States.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's the Range Rover in its awkward pre-pube phase.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Not sure what they are trying to do. Are they trying to do a Jeep Wrangler thing by keeping it tied to the past?
      • 9 Years Ago
      has the stance of a Mini,--- Mega Mini?
      • 9 Years Ago
      The grill is virtually the most important 'jewelery' on a vehicle. How the hell did they botch that mess so badly. Looks like some Toyota Carina/Datsun 610 mess spread all over a tired design recipe. Lame. Why would someone need this car??
      • 9 Years Ago
      Even though its not related to the Ford Escape, it looks just like one, and thats not convincing at all for someone looking to purchase a premium vehicle.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Reminds me of a slightly souped-up ford escape...Hey wait a minute...isnt land rover part of FoMoCo??? :)
      • 9 Years Ago
      "a Range Rover-esque vent right behind the rear wheels"
      Don't you mean the FRONT wheels?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I know that it is a low end Rover. What is the purpose of this car? The market is becoming quite saturated with Cute Utes and upscale mini utes. This car is nothing but an over priced piece of shit Escape! Ford Rover should save their money and develop a mid-size crossover SUV. It would make more sense than relaunching this unsuccessful trash again.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why can't Land Rover get this car right? All they have to do is make a Mini Range and call it a Freelander. Same dimentions, but small size.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Holy cockpit! Could they possibly fit any more buttons on that dashboard?

      "What's this button do Nigel?"
      "Oh that one? You see that small window behind the B pillar? It defrosts that window... but just the driver's side. The button right next to it will do the passenger side."
      "I have a headache."
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