Bit bored of your current Land Rover Freelander? Fear not. The Freelander 3 is expected to arrive in 2015 equipped with a revised interior, exterior and a brand new selection of engines, according to reports.
Auto Express claims the third-generation 4×4 will have a less fancy but harder-wearing cabin comprised of tough plastics and more durable fabrics, a centrally-mounted touchscreen display like the one in the new Range Rover and fewer dashboard buttons.
The Freelander 3 is expected to benefit from a brand new line-up of four-cylinder petrol and diesel lumps, all of which will be built in old Blighty at the Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton.
A five-seater version of the Freelander 3 will be offered as well as a 7-seater for our American cousins.
Gear changes will be taken care of by the new 9-speed automatic found in the Range Rover Evoque, while traction will come in a Haldex 5 four-wheel-drive system flavour with a version of the Terrain Response 2 system to boot.
A two-wheel-drive option will also be available for those who care more about efficiency than driving over muddy hillocks. Land Rover says it will be more efficient than the current eD4 model, which already returns a respectable 47.1mpg.
Land Rover predicts the SUV market will go from 14 million cars to 22 million cars by 2020, which is why it plans to capitalise on the impending sales explosion with three ‘pillars’: Luxury (Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Evoque), leisure (Discovery and Freelander) and dual-purpose (Defender).
Auto Express has shown off an exclusive render of the Freelander 3, which depicts a very Evoque-ish design. It’s probably far from accurate, but we’ll have to wait until Land Rover releases official pictures before we see the real deal.
Prices are expected to start at around £25,000, about £5,000 less than the Evoque.