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Freelander 2 take its time

In no hurry: Land Rover wants to ensure everything goes smoothly for its vital new BMW X3 foe.

Land Rover's important new Freelander will not arrive until about August

3 Nov 2006

LAND ROVER says it will not release its vital second-generation Freelander SUV until the second half of next year.

With the Freelander 2's global rollout just commencing, and with the important US market a priority for the Ford-owned English marque, Australians are not expected to take delivery until at least August 2007.

The Freelander 2 will also step up into a different price bracket, as Land Rover targets the BMW X3 and forthcoming Audi Q5, so expect the range to kick off in the $60,000 range, with high-specification variants nudging $80,000.

In contrast, the outgoing CB40 Freelander, in Series III and all-diesel guise since the last facelift arrived in early 2004, spans a $10,000 range, beginning from $39,950.

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