Mike Stevens | Aug 23, 2012

Land Rover has revealed the updated-for-2013 Freelander this week, ahead of its Australian International Motor Show debut in October.

Arriving alongside the brand-new Range Rover, the updated Freelander promises a more upmarket feel and a new 2.0 litre powerplant under the bonnet.

A number of subtle styling tweaks are also on the menu, including revised headlights and tail-lights, new colour options and new wheels.

Inside, the 2013 Freelander gets a new steering wheel and a new five-inch display embedded in the instrument cluster.

There's also a new centre stack that does away with the complicated and utilitarian look of the outgoing model; bringing a classier look, and fewer buttons.

An updated satellite navigation system is featured, and there's also a new voice recognition package and a reversing camera that even includes trailer-connection guidance.

The new display also pack an upgraded eight-speaker audio system, with a 10-CD storage function, DVD player, Bluetooth audio streaming and USB/iPod/auxiliary connectivity.

The Terrain Response selector has also been replaced with a Range Rover Evoque-style function, and an electric park brake is also featured - the latter freeing up space for storage.

Jaguar Land Rover's Merdian audio system is also available as an option, adding a seven-inch touch-screen display, 11 speakers and the choice of 380 or 825W sound.

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The 2013 Freelander also does away with the key-dock system, replaced with a new keyless entry and start.

In the engine bay lies the same 177kW and 340Nm turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine driving the Range Rover Evoque, with fuel consumption listed at 9.6 l/100km - down from the old (less powerful and heavier) six-cylinder engine's 10.7 l/100km.

Local pricing for the updated Freelander will be revealed at October's Australian International Motor Show.

Australian Freelander sales are down nearly 30 percent over last year's figures, likely a result of the more stylish Evoque's arrival on the same platform. Land Rover will be looking to the updated Freelander to bring a boost in sales.


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