Land Rover has put its interior decorators to work on the Freelander 2 4x4 to give it an extensive upgrade for 2013. Although it's now 6 years old, the Freelander remains a hit with family buyers who love its chunky styling, practicality and off-road ability.
The Range Rover Evoque has delivered luxury to the small 4x4 class, but now a little of that car's magic is being dusted onto the Freelander.
The biggest changes appear up front where the dashboard and controls have been overhauled. Gone is the handbrake, replaced with an electronic parking brake. The Terrain Response panel is replaced by switches, freeing up space for storage between the seats.
A large touch-screen unit controls most of the car's systems from stereo to sat-nav, and it can also be operated using the steering wheel controls or by voice commands. Both this and the new display on the instrument panel are just like those in the Jaguar XF or Range Rover Evoque.
Keyless start is another new feature, along with a reversing camera to help when hitching the towbar. It's not all high-tech, though – a new analogue clock with actual hands now appears on the dash, in response to customer demand, according to Land Rover.
Although prices haven't been officially announced, they are likely to start at around £24,000 for the four-wheel drive S model. Top-spec HSE Lux trim could cost as much as £40,000.