Freelander name to be phased out with introduction of "baby Discovery."
The Freelander replacement has entered the winter-testing phase of development, as these spy shots show the new model in the sub-zero climes of northern Sweden. Land Rover is dropping the Freelander name in favor of a Discovery badge, as the carmaker moves towards having three distinct sectors with the Range Rover (luxury), Defender (utility) and Discovery (leisure), of which the new model will be a part.
The next-gen Freelander is based on the same LR-MS platform as the Evoque and will come with greater wading depth, more boot space, improved interior packaging and for the first time will be available as a five- and seven-seater. The “baby Discover” will be powered by JLR’s ‘Hotfire” four-cylinder engines, while styling cues from the Evoque will lend it a more modern, sporty look.