The Land Rover Freelander | Part Four (2004)

The 2004 Freelander

Land Rover Freelander

The Freelander has always been an easy vehicle to park, with its deep windows, wheel-at-each-corner stance and upright bearing. Now to improve parking ease even further, Park Distance Control is being offered for the first time.

A new style of 18-inch alloy wheel is now available, standard on the Sport model. Altogether, there is now a choice of nine different alloy wheels.

Three new exterior colours are offered: Giverny Green, which was first shown on the new Range Rover, Helsinki Blue (replacing Icelandic Blue) and Maya Gold (replacing White Gold). Thirteen exterior colours are available, including micatallic, metallic and solid finishes. Inside, the Freelander has been substantially redesigned.

"We’ve aimed to give the Freelander the classiest cabin in the compact 4x4 market," said Land Rover’s director of design, Geoff Upex. "Trim materials are improved, including the use of leather upholstery and metallic finishes. The whole styling approach was to produce a cabin that looked understated but very high class. The distinctive horizontal and vertical planes, as seen in the Range Rover, are carried onto the Freelander. That is now part of Land Rover’s cabin design DNA."

The new cabin offers greater comfort, convenience, style, safety and quality. A new style of seat is used across most of the range, offering improved body and under-thigh support.

The facia is new, as is the instrumentation. The switchgear is improved and the door trim is new – although the practical and vast door map pocket with bottle strap has been retained. The electric window lift switches are now positioned in the door trim on the five-door models.

A passenger airbag is now standard on all Freelander versions. The centre console is new, as are the larger cup holders mounted in the centre of the facia.

In addition to black, two new interior colours are now available: Alpaca Beige and Light Tundra. There is the choice of cloth, alcantara and perforated leather upholsteries. The new Sport model gets a new technical fabric called Black Mogul, which looks sporty and has a special ‘grippy’ surface, ideal for spirited driving.

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Published 17 September 2003 Melanie Carter

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