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In 2013, Land Rover introduced the facelifted version of its popular SUV, the Freelander 2. The SUV is available in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive version. This SUV is benefitted with high ground clearance, spacious interiors, powerful engines and Terrain Response off-road driving system. Audi India too introduced the updated Q3 SUV in June 2015, which is equipped with a range of comfort, convenience and safety features. Here we bring you a brief spec based comparison between the Q3 and the Freelander 2.
Styling Exterior & Interior
The Audi Q3 SUV is a sporty looking compact luxury SUV. The SUV features black hexagonal grille that features matte silver surrounds, and LED headlamps. It features star-shaped 10-spoke alloy wheels. At the rear, the Q3 SUV gets new LED tail lamps and the 'scrolling' turn indicators. Adding to it, the SUV gets electrically adjustable, heated and folding wing mirrors, with automatic anti-glare action on driver's side. On the inside, the SUV features black theme with dashboard gets 'aluminium tangent silver' inlays. The sport seats are now available as standard with length and pitch-adjustable cushions. It features Audi's MMI navigation, Audi sound system, voice dialogue system, deluxe automatic air conditioner with sun position, multi-functional steering wheel with gear shift paddles, and others.
On the other hand, the Land Rover Freelander gets an aggressive exterior styling. The vehicle offers powerful presence on roads. It features front fog lamps, headlamps with xenon bulbs, body coloured exteriors mirrors that can be electrically adjusted. These mirrors also get memory function. It is equipped with a full size sunroof and a fixed glass panoramic roof, automatic headlamps with rain sensing wipers, honeycomb styled front grille with silver matte finishing and chrome lines.
Inside the cabin, the Freelander 2 offers loads of space and comfort to passenger. The dashboard gets wood grain finish and well positioned buttons for better functionality. The multi-functional steering wheel comes with controls for audio and cruise. It sports dual-zone automatic climate control and an information display that shows fuel gauge, instant fuel consumption and odometer. It gets NAPOLI leather seats, and the front seats get lumbar support.
Performance- Engine & Transmission
The 2015 Audi Q3 is propelled by a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that is capable of producing 177bhp of top power along with a top torque of 380Nm. This engine is paired to a seven-speed S tronic gearbox which sends power to all-4 wheels via Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system. The company has also introduced an entry-level Q3 S variant, which is powered by a 140bhp, 2.0-litre motor mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The Freelander 2 SUV is available with two diesel engine options - TD4-SE and SD4-HSE. While the TD4-SE is a 2179cc in-line 4-cylinder motor producing 150PS of power and 420Nm of torque, the SD4-HSE has 2179cc in-line 4-cylinder motor that is good for 190PS of power and 420Nm of torque. This engine is paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox with command shift technology.
Both the Q3 and the Freelander 2 offer luxury, performance and style to its buyers. If you are an enthusiast, and looking to buy an off-roader, the Feelander 2 will be the right product for you.