Land Rover will start sales of the facelifted Freelander 2 in the UK at the end of September, but the details are now out. There’s a revised diesel engine and updated aesthetics, inside and out.

First, the new powertrain. It’s a revised version of the 2.2-litre PSA sourced diesel that made 160 hp and 400 Nm. There are now 2 states of tune – the 148 hp TD4 and 187 hp SD4, both with 20 Nm more than the outgoing engine. There’s a new variable geometry turbocharger and reprogrammed ECU along with the upgrade from Euro 4 to Euro 5 standards. The new motor also uses a catalysed diesel particulate filter compatible with 10% biodiesel (previously 5%).

CO2 emissions are down, and fuel efficiency is up – 5.8L/100 km for the TD4 and 5.2L/100 km for the SD4. The TD4 will feature a manual transmission and Start Stop system as standard (automatic transmission without start stop is the other option), while the SD4 will only be available with a six-speed auto. The SD4 does 0-96 km/h (60 mph) in 8.7 seconds on to a top speed of 190 km/h, a big improvement over the old car.

Land Rover MD Phil Popham also revealed plans to bring launch a 2WD Freelander using the 148 hp engine and a six speed manual. To debut next January, this “eD4” variant will come with start-stop and fuel consumption of 4.98L/100 km while only releasing 158 g/km of CO2. A 2WD Land Rover? “The European market for two-wheel-drive SUVs represents 23% of the segment, and we intend to compete strongly,” Popham explains.

Exterior changes include a new front bumper, front fog lap bezels, front grille finish, headlights and tail lamps, a full width tailgate chrome strip, and new 18 or 19 inch alloys. Colours that have been added are Kosrae Green, Baltic Blue and Fuji White. Inside, new bits consists of revised instruments, four new seat styles, 8/6 way electric seats plus premium carpet mats and covered centre stowage.

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