The engine is a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine, developing 110kW of power in the TD4 version or 140kW in the SD4, both with 420Nm of torque – and increase of 20Nm on the outgoing model. An updated manual transmission with Stop/Start now comes standard in the TD4, with the SD4 only available as a six-speed auto.
Land Rover says the new unit is "quieter and more refined but sacrifices nothing terms of fuel economy or emissions."
Outside, the Freelander 2 sports a new front bumper and grille with fog lamp bezels. Body coloured handles, washer jets, mirrors, lower door panels and rear bumper are offered as standard, and with alloy wheels and additional colour options, Land Rover describes the new look as "fresh and distinctive".
Inside, seating has been upgraded to offer a broader choice in trims and adjustment options and all versions get a new-look instrument pack.
Another notable change is the Land Rover logo. Gone is the gold on green, which has been replaced with a more contemporary bright silver on green.