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Land Rover is getting closer to completing the replacement for its dismal Freelander, arguably the only small SUV with true off-road capability. Unfortunately, the current model is an exercise in ill-conception, with a sluggish, put-upon road feel, an interior that would give Harry Houdini a fit of claustrophobia and below-average reliability ratings. The new model, coming out in 2007, could change all that. It'll be built on a modified version of Ford's successful C1 small-car platform, will have a more spacious interior and may sport a Volvo-derived straight six.

2007 Freelander Still Under Wraps [Edmunds]

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