Land Rover Freelander 2 FL 1

Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has begun selling the 2014 Land Rover Freelander 2. The 2014 model year L359 arrives here, having made a quiet ‘public’ debut at the Angling & Outdoor Recreational Fair 2014 in Shah Alam last weekend.

It’s the second major facelift for the SUV – exterior changes are led by new xenon headlamps featuring a LED array and daytime running lights (previously regular projector headlights), improved foglamps as well as a redesigned front bumper. At the back, there’s a new LED combination tail lamp design.

Inside, the cabin has been given a good rework – changes abound to the steering wheel (new mounted joystick key) and instrument panel, the latter now featuring a five-inch colour TFT info display, but the centre console and layout is the area where the most visual differences are to be had.

Elsewhere, the handbrake is now electronic, and the audio system has also been changed, a Hi Line 380 watt Meridian Audio system replacing the previous Alpine kit.

Lastly, while the Terrain Response system continues on with its four settings (General, Snow/Gravel, Mud Ruts and Sand), mode selection is now via a slide bar compared to the rotary system before. Other standard equipment includes a tilt and slide sunroof, cruise control, 19-inch alloy wheels.

The 2014MY Freelander 2 is available as a 240 PS and 340 Nm 2.0L Si4 SE petrol as well as a 190 PS and 420 Nm 2.2L SD4 HSE diesel, both powertrains matched to a six-speed auto with CommandShift.

Aside from a baseline Fuji White solid paint, exterior shades for the SE are Loire Blue and Santorini Black, with a choice of ebony or almond leather upholstery. The HSE, meanwhile, adds Indus Silver and Orkney Grey to the palette.

Pricing for the 2014MY Freelander 2 starts from RM299,888 for the 2.2L SD4 diesel and RM319,888 for the 2.0 Si4 petrol, both on-the-road without insurance. Opting for metallic paint adds on RM4,000 from a solid paint shade. For comparison via Carbase, the outgoing 2.2L SD4 HSE is listed as going for RM289,888, while the lower-spec 2.0 Si4 S is RM293,888.