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At first sight, the white SUV in these spyshots from JPJ Putrajaya sent in by reader ApexKit may look like just any other Land Rover Freelander 2, but a closer inspection reveals that this is the latest version of the baby Landie, carrying improvements from its second facelift that was issued in August last year.

You can spot the lightly updated headlights with new LED graphics that bring it closer to the more upmarket Range Rover trio, as well as the tail lights which now use LEDs. Though unseen here, the revision also includes a thorough makeover of the interior, featuring touchscreen panels and switchgears taken from the Evoque, including a round analog clock smack in the middle of the dashboard.

The badge round the back says Si4, denoting that this is the petrol version of the SUV with a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine instead of the 2.2 litre turbodiesel motor in the sole Freelander 2 SD4 model currently on sale in Malaysia. The Si4 engine is similar to the one in the petrol-powered Range Rover Evoque, producing 240 PS and 340 Nm of torque. The Ford-sourced engine is mated to an Aisin-sourced six-speed CommandShift gearbox, just like the SD4 diesel model.

The Land Rover Freelander 2 Si4 will be an extra option to consider for those who want to enter into Land Rover ownership at the most affordable level available, but have been reluctant to do so because they prefer a petrol instead of a diesel engine. Similarly, the local-spec Evoque also offers a choice between Si4 petrol and SD4 diesel engines.