Land Rover Freelander replacement now available


Probably one of the most eagerly awaited new models to arrive in South Africa, Land Rover has finally announced pricing and spec details of its long-awaited Freelander replacement, the new Discovery Sport, which goes on sale later this month.

Based on the same platform and borrowing styling cues from the recently facelifted Range Rover Evoque, the Disco Sport will comprise of nine models and two engine options with the sole gearbox option being the ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic that debut on the refreshed Evoque. Land Rover’s signature Terrain Response off-road system, minus low range, is standard on all models.

Available in four trim levels, the base S can either have with a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine that develops 110 kW and 400 N.m of torque in TD4 guise, or 140 kW and 420 N.m of torque in SD4 form. Land Rover claims a 0-100 km/h sprint of 10.3 sec and a top speed of 180 km/h for the TD4, while the SD4 dispatches the mark in 8.9 sec and carries on to 188 km/h.

Combined fuel consumption is a claimed 6.0 L/100 km and 6.1 L/100 km for the standard five-seat model while the optional seven-seat, which Land Rover refers to as “5+2”, adds an additional 0.2 L/100 km. Emissions are rated at 159 g/km (164 g/km) and 161 g/km (166 g/km).

The remainder of the range; SE, HSE and HSE Luxury can only be specified with the latter engine option while all four trims can also fitted with a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that makes 177 kW and 340 N.m of torque, which is designated Si4.

As with the oil-burner, the petrol is the same used in the Evoque and is claimed to go from 0-100 km/h in 8.2 sec and on to 199 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is a claimed 8.0 L/100 km (8.3 for the seven seater) while emission is rated at 191 g/km (197 g/km).

Standard spec on the S includes daytime-running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, coloured coded electrically adjustable mirrors, six-speaker audio system with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring USB and Bluetooth streaming, five-inch TFT display for the instrument cluster, push button start, six-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, auto lock/unlock doors, seven airbags, ABS with EBD, EBA and ETC, trailer sway control, Dynamic Stability Control and Hill Start Assist.

Moving one-up, the SE adds rain sense wipers, auto lights, model specific 17-inch wheels, leather seats, climate control, interior mood lighting, leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors with reverse camera, cruise control and satellite navigation.

Building on an already impressive list, the HSE includes a blacked-out grille with fender vents, foldaway mirrors, Xenon LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, electric operation for the passenger’s seat, dual-zone climate control with rear passenger ventilation controls and an upgraded ten speaker audio system with dual USB’s.

Rounding off the range, the HSE Luxury features chrome door handles, foldaway mirrors with memory function, 19-inch wheels, ten-way driver’s and passenger’s electric front seats with memory, customised mood lighting, illuminated door skidplates, surround cameras, electric tailgate and a 11-speaker sound system with subwoofer.



2.2 TD4 S 110 kW / 400 N.m R541 900
2.2 SD4 S 140 kW / 420 N.m R590 300
2.0 Si4 S 177 kW / 340 N.m R590 300
2.2 SD4 SE 140 kW / 420 N.m R635 600
2.0 Si4 SE 177 kW / 340 N.m R635 600
2.2 SD4 HSE 140 kW / 420 N.m R692 300
2.0 Si4 HSE 177 kW / 340 N.m R692 300
2.2 SD4 HSE Luxury 140 kW / 420 N.m R731 400
2.0 Si4 HSE Luxury 177 kW / 340 N.m R731 400


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