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Last month, we saw the Land Rover Freelander replacement running road trials wearing its production body – now, the SUV has been spied undergoing winter testing, still clad in dazzle camouflage. As it turns out, there are a number of baby Disco prototypes strutting about in the snow in Sweden, as the photos show.

The L550, as it’s codenamed, is expected to arrive on the scene later this year as a 2015 model – it’s expected to drop the Freelander name and will expand the Discovery family. Sitting on a modified Evoque platform, two versions of the new SUV are expected, a five-seater as well as a seven-seater.

As it goes, the Discovery range will sit in the middle of LR’s planned three distinct model range lineup, sandwiched between the Range Rover and new Defender class, which will come about at a later stage. Meanwhile, here in Malaysia, the Freelander 2 range has been expanded with the introduction of the petrol-powered Si4 S earlier in the month.