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Freelander 2 S Business: Cheaper price, brilliant performance

August 30, 2013 12:17 IST

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As Indian auto market is witnessing gruesome slowdown, the luxury automakers are steering towards introducing base variants of their heavy-duty vehicles.

Audi adopted this strategy with Q3 SUV and now the luxury auto marquee, Land Rover, has introduced a price-slashed variant of the Freelander 2.

This base variant of the Freelander 2 SUV is christened as Freelander 2 S Business Edition. Priced at Rs 37.63 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the SUV differs significantly from its sibling Freelander 2 SE and HSE.

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Land Rover Freelanders’s cut price Business Edition has come in through the CKD route and specifications have been altered.

For any company to excel in India, it has to keep a check on pricing as the Indian buyers adapt well to cost effective products.

When brands, which are status symbols, are introduced in the low price band, the Indian buyers are bound to be lured towards mouth-watering prices. And it can help to enhance the sales of the model.

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The exterior styling remains the same as its sibling. Freelander S Business Edition is as bold and aggressive as the flagship model.

The SUV front facade is slightly different with the new stylish radiator grille and expressive design style.

The grille comes accompanied with large projector headlamps and turn-on indicators and the sleek bonnet proudly carries the Land Rover insignia.

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The body-coloured bumpers as always enhance the aggressive stance along with the air dam and the fog lights.

The well-fitted 17” alloy wheels are massive and covers fully, the robust tubeless radial tyres.

The rear end has been rendered with chrome garnish and the posh tail light cluster accentuates the whole appeal with rear spoiler, high mounted stop lamp and the large windshield.

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The sunroof has gone missing with the decrease in price and these sums up the changes on the exterior level.

Coming to the interiors, there are more changes in comparison. The lack of luxury becomes more pronounced here with the 7-inch touchscreen system being replaced with the smaller 4.2-inch unit.

The navigation system has been removed and with a smaller sunroof, the ambience feels a little clustered.

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The electric powered front seats are absent which does not give you the experience of sitting in the lap of luxury.

The company has also cut down on many attractive features such as the rear-parking assist camera, which safeguards the vehicle while parking.

However, Land Rover still offers the legendary all Terrain Response System in Freelander 2 Business Edition making it as capable an off-roader as the regular versions of Freelander.

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The seat upholstery is still done in premium leather upholstery along with the steering wheel and the gear knob.

The spacing is ample with the 60:40 rear split seats options. Features like map pockets, a 12 V power socket, front and rear carpet mats, internal rear view mirror with manual dipping still marks a tick in the checklist.

Under the hood, the S Business Edition makes use of the same 2.2-litre TD4 diesel engine from the SE variant. Mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, the 4-cylinder unit produces 150PS of power and 420Nm of torque. Land Rover also offers the same engine with the HSE variant but in a higher state of tune.

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The engine has not been altered in the Freelander 2 S Business Edition. This variant too is powered with the 2.2-litre TD4 that comes with a displacement capacity of 2179cc, which is seen under the hoods of the SE variant.

This powerful engine comes with a pulling capacity of 147.9bhp at 4000rpm and yields a hammering 420Nm of superior torque output at 1750rpm.

Mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox along with CommandShift system, the vehicle can attain 100kmph in just 11.2 seconds with the top speed of 181kmph.

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The Freelander 2 S variant, just like its siblings, is assembled at Jaguar-Land Rover’s assembly facility at Pune, India.

Freelander SUV is the only Land Rover model to be assembled in India. And this entry-level product from the brand Land Rover range is a sales runner.

Owned by Indian auto major Tata, Jaguar and Land Rover are now playing with money and have their loss-showing balance sheets all packed in the past.

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For Land Rover, SUVs like the Freelander 2 and the Evoque are bringing in big sales and volume.

Land Rover India refreshed the Freelander 2 SUV, which received a makeover earlier this year; now this new business edition is ready to roll out in the country.

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