Land Rover is out to shake up the New Zealand SUV market with a new “value price” $60,000 SE version of its compact Freelander four-wheel drive wagon
It runs a 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine, and slots into the Freelander range below the best-selling HSE. The new model uses the same six-speed adaptive automatic transmission and command-shift four-wheel drive with terrain response system.
The $59,990 SE doesn’t skimp on luxury. It has leather upholstery, electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, black veneer trim, keyless start, dual climate-control air-conditioning, cruise control, trip computer, electric windows, steering wheel controls for the six-disc, six-speaker CD sound system which is iPod compatible.
The rear seatbacks split-fold, the steering wheel is leather-wrapped, there are head restraints for all five seats and a luggage area cover is standard.
The SE also has front foglights, heated and folding exterior mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, headlight washers, rear park distance control, 17-inch alloy wheels (down from 18-inch on the HSE), remote-control central door-locking, an alarm and an engine immobiliser. It’s also fitted with electronic traction control and dynamic stability control, hill descent control for off-road work.
Safety kit includes eight airbags, load limiters and pretensioners for the front seatbelts, ABS brakes with EBA and EBD, and a roll stability control system.