Land Rover (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd has updated the Land Rover Freelander 2 here in Malaysia for the 2011 model year, which brings our model up to date to the recently facelifted model that just started sale in UK in September last year. Exterior changes include a new front end look with a new grille and the tail lamps have also been updated. Wheels are now a huge 19 inches in size.

The new 2011 Land Rover Freelander 2 now carries the SD4 suffix, which is one up over the TD4 version. The engine remains 2.2 litres in capacity but power is now up by 30 PS and 20Nm, which means peak output is now 190 PS and 420Nm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic. The Freelander 2 features a system called “Terrain Response” which changes the behavior of the throttle, gearbox, and 4WD system to suit different terrains.

It also has a whole list of three letter acronym buzzwords for you to boast about – Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Corner Brake Control (CBC), Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Hill Descent Control (HDC).

The 2011 Freelander 2 SD4 is priced at RM271,388 (Peninsular Malaysia) and RM274,888 (Sabah and Sarawak) without insurance. Other than the new Freelander 2, its larger brother the Discovery 4 has also been updated recently – it gained a larger (up from 2.7L to 3.0L) and more powerful 244 PS 600Nm engine in December last year. What’s more exciting is the announcement that the Land Rover Evoque will be coming into Malaysia in the later part of this year!